How to Validate Phone Numbers in PHP with the Twilio Lookup API

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Twilio Lookup is a phonebook REST API that you can use to check whether a number exists, format international numbers to local standards, determine whether a phone can receive text messages, and even discover information about the carrier associated with that phone number. In this post, we’re going to learn how to deal with valid and invalid numbers using the Twilio PHP library. Whether you need to… Read More

Exchange Solutions Builds An IVR Platform For Personal Customer Support, Runs 660k Calls In 10 Days

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A few national retailers are all vying for a limited pool of customers. The pressure to set themselves apart from their competitors is higher than ever. The only way to do that is by giving customers a fantastic experience. One leading national retailer wanted to level up their customer loyalty program, replacing the old program and offering phone support for the new program. They enlisted the… Read More

EmoPhone: How To Build A Twilio-Powered IVR Using PHP and ngrok

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Before cell phones, there were only landline phones. In high school, I frequently called the person I had a crush on at home. Calling a semi-private phone number to have private conversations was always a rough time. I hoped against all odds that my crush would be the one answering my call and not their parent or sibling. Awkward conversations with disapproving fathers were plentiful in… Read More

Finding Out When to Buy World Series Tickets with PHP, Guzzle, Seat Geek API and Twilio

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Born and raised in Kansas City, I’ve been waiting my whole life to see the Royals win a World Series. This year “The Boys in Blue” have made it back to the fall classic and they’re playing the team that represents my adopted home, the New York Mets. I have my Royals cap ready and I want to support KC when they play in the greatest… Read More

How to Build Call Tracking with Google Analytics, Twilio and PHP

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“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble is, I don’t know which half.” – John Wanamaker Dear Saul Goodman, Esq., First off, my compliments on your phenomenally effective advertising. I can’t drive down the streets of Albuquerque, sit at a bus stop or watch my favorite shows on AMC without seeing one of your ubiquitous “Better Call Saul” ads. Judging from the,… Read More

Victory 91.5 Takes Radio From Hardware Powered to Software Powered with Twilio

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There are certain tools of the trade all radio stations use. The most insufferable morning zoo drive-time duos and world’s best DJs (cough, cough Seattle’s KEXP) all drop radio station ID’s. You know how it goes, a famous musician or excited fan shouts out the radio station’s name and motto. It seems simple enough, but getting audio from the phone to the airwaves is a tricky… Read More

Mobile Passwordless SMS Authentication: Part 1 – Building the API with Laravel and Twilio

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Lately there’s been a lot of discussion about the future of passwords – some have even declared that the password is obsolete. When I saw that one of my favorite apps, Cover, decided to launch passwordless authentication I was intrigued. I realized what a great experience passwordless auth provided after using it for the first time. Users don’t have to worry about remembering an overly complex… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 7: Spread Christmas Cheer With littleBits, Laravel and Twilio

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My mom’s favorite Christmas song is “I’ll be home for Christmas” which means I’m in major trouble since I won’t be making the trip to KC to visit her this year. I imagine many of you, like me, may not be able to spend the holidays with your families. I wanted to build a hack that helps people feel connected to the ones they love no… Read More