Twilio SMS Lands in Canada

Developers have been requesting SMS functionality for phone numbers and locations around the world, and today we’re proud to deliver the next country for our SMS product: Canada!

Until now Twilio SMS has only been available in the U.S. using local ten digit phone numbers to send and receive text messages.  As of today, newly purchased Canadian numbers will also be able to send and receive texts as well, reducing international text messaging fees between U.S. and Canadian numbers, which was a big pain point for Canadian developers and their users. Current Canadian numbers are automatically enabled.

Success Stories with Canadian SMS

We have some amazing Twilio customers in Canada and below are a few highlights of what’s been shaking across the northern border.

Guardly is the first mobile personal safety system that instantly connects you to family, friends and authorities with just one tap in an emergency. Powered by Twilio, Guardly will send emergency voice and SMS alerts to your selected recipients, including an auto-dial to 911. Based in Toronto, the team is really excited to continue innovating with the Canadian SMS API.

RandomType, based in Calgary, provides creative communication solutions for companies of all sizes. Powered by Twilio, RandomType executed an SMS solution at an event that collected over 100 emails in just five minutes. The team is ready to expand on their solutions using the Canadian SMS capabilities.

We can’t wait to see what our neighbor’s to the North build, and watch our current Canadian customers continue to expand their products.

Canadian SMS in the News

Read more about how Twilio’s new Canadian SMS service is being received by press, bloggers and influencers in Canada:

  • GoMobile Marketing

    EXCELLENT!!!! Canadian buyers of our system will be thrilled! Hope UK is soon to follow.

  • Dan Grossman

    So, can a U.S. 10 digit number send a text to a Canadian number? Or do I need to purchase both US and Canadian numbers to text US and Canadian phones? I’m only interested in outbound (app to phone).

    • Meghan Murphy

      Hi Dan – yes a US number can send an SMS to a Canadian number and vice versa, at 1 cent per SMS

    • Meghan

      Hi Dan – yes a US number can send an SMS to a Canadian number and vice versa, at 1 cent per SMS

  • Andrew Robulack

    Is the Canadian 867 area code supported?

    • Meghan Murphy

      Not yet but we continue to work on adding new area codes regularly. You can always email with any questions.

    • Meghan

      Not yet but we continue to work on adding new area codes regularly. You can always email help@twilio.comwith any questions.

  • Marcin

    Great to hear that the SMS API is spreading! When’s it coming to the UK? I’m just developing something at the moment and am just waiting for that SMS API!

  • William Cheung

    So when will the Canada calling dev contest be? the hoser contest

    • Meghan Murphy

      A canadian SMS developer contest is a great idea – keep an eye on for it

    • Meghan

      A developer contest to celebrate Canada is a great idea, we’ll think about it for our next contest!

  • Paulrobinson

    Hello, Can I get a quick run down on how this works?? Sounds interesting and could be a good way to advertise my business??
    Thanks Paul

  • ZachAdis

    Do you guys plan to or in the process of making porting availalbe for Canadian phone numbers? Thanks

    • MegMurph

      we are working towards the ability to make porting available everywhere but we don’t have a confirmed timing for this now. Stay tuned!