Send Branded SMS Messages Using Twilio Alphanumeric Sender ID

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It’s been a few months since we hosted Signal (if you missed it, don’t forget that videos from all the sessions are available online) and in this post I wanted to spend some time exploring one of the announcements that I found pretty exciting: alphanumeric sender ID’s. Being based in the UK and traveling often in Europe I regularly receive SMS messages with a business name as… Read More

Record Bad Customer Service Calls in 30 Lines of Ruby

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tl;dr If you’d like to record a phone call, three-way call 888.909.1024 or +44 203 389 52 12 into the conversation and you’ll get a text with the recording when you hang up.  About this time last year, Ryan Block’s “Comcast Call from Hell” made the social network rounds. It was an infuriating eight minute clip of him trying to cancel his service but getting stonewalled by the customer service rep… Read More

How to build SMS Phone Verification in Rails 4 using AJAX

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You’ve undoubtedly done something like this before: That’s the SMS phone verification for AirBnB, which uses Twilio to allow hosts and guests to chat without sharing their actual phone numbers. In this tutorial, we’ll integrate SMS phone verification into a Rails 4 app using AJAX and Twilio. Warning: There are a bunch of great reasons to grab a user’s phone number, but if your end goal is two-factor authentication, you… Read More

Receive Twitter Notifications by SMS with EventMachine and the Twitter Streaming API (Send and Receive Tweets Using SMS with Twilio Part 3)

I’ve been having fun with the Twitter and Twilio APIs recently. First was the release of a tool to send and receive Tweets using SMS and Twilio. In part 2 I started to dig into how the app was built, starting with how to send a Tweet with SMS. Now it’s time to look into how the other side works: how to send SMS notifications when… Read More

How to Verify Phone Numbers in Ruby with the Lookup API

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Twilio Lookup is a REST API that can: Verify that a phone number exists Format any international phone number into its local standard Determine if a phone number is a cell phone, VOIP or landline Discover information about a phone number’s carrier In this tutorial we’ll use the Twilio Ruby gem to get phone number data from the Lookup API in just a few lines of… Read More

Send and Receive Tweets using SMS with Twilio: Part 1

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You may have just read the title and thought, “What? Can’t you already send and receive tweets over SMS?” You would be right to think that, Twitter has a load of shortcodes for different countries for sending and receiving tweets. But since February 4th in the UK, O2, one of the major mobile operators, announced to their users (by SMS ironically) that they were dropping this… Read More