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  • By Annie Benitez Pelaez
    Elastic SIP Trunking: Call Transfer via SIP REFER Twilio Bug Logo

    If you’re running a multi-site Contact Center and you need to transfer a call from one agent to another agent in a different location, you can now send Twilio a SIP REFER message requesting that transfer.

    About call transfers

    A call transfer is just what it sounds like: It’s when you transfer a customer’s call from one call center agent to another. You might need to initiate a call transfer for several reasons, such as when a customer requesting to speak to the manager. Quick, easy call transfers are a necessary function in today’s business telecom environments.

    When an agent presses the “Transfer” button on a SIP-enabled IP phone, the phone issues a SIP REFER method requesting the call to be transferred to a third party using the contact information provided in the request.

    A very common type of call transfers is “blind” transfers. Blind transfers occur when a call …

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  • By Nayana Srivastava
    Announcing Voice Insights for Elastic SIP Trunking and SIP Interface Screen Shot 2018-07-01 at 1.22.25 PM

    Voice Insights is a call data analytics engine that provides details ranging from real-time metrics for individual calls to account-wide historical trends and aggregates to assist in diagnosing call performance problems, investigating call quality reports, and identifying emerging issues. Voice insights already includes WebRTC and Carrier Insights and today, we are excited to announce that Elastic SIP Trunking and SIP Interface Insights are now also available, in Beta. You can now easily have a deep understanding of your calls when they traverse your SIP communications infrastructure. These insights enable you to have an end-to-end understanding of call quality, no matter how the call is made or received, and help diagnose call establishment and performance issues.

    Using Twilio SIP Insights data, for every SIP call made or received through Twilio, you can analyze call performance from an aggregated view down to granular details about a call. For any given call you …

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  • By Tim Beyers
    How to protect your account from toll fraud with Voice Dialing Geo Permissions 032218_engage_blog-header_02-toll-fraud-phone

    Did you know that International Revenue Sharing Fraud (IRSF), also known as toll fraud, leads to $10 billion dollars in annual revenue losses globally and has grown six-fold in the past five years? Care for a horror story? Read about this seven person architecture firm in Georgia that came to work on a Monday to find a $166,000 bill from their local telecom provider.

    Teams of criminals are continuously looking for ways to exploit your apps by placing calls to their international premium rate numbers – a virtual wire-transfer from your company’s bank account to theirs.

    Now with a few clicks on the Twilio Console, you can take one big step to further protect your application from being the n …

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  • By Donnie Wang
    SIP Interface adds support for international regions connect-anything

    We’re excited to share that SIP Interface now supports international regions, including North America (Virginia, Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney), and South America (São Paulo). This means that when you send SIP to Twilio, or receive SIP from Twilio, you can specify the region that’s closest to the location of your communications infrastructure to ensure the best quality of service.

    Sending SIP to Twilio

    To specify the gateway to send SIP traffic to:

    1. Update your IP address whitelist.
    2. Point your communications infrastructure to any of our localized URIs.

    Receiving SIP from Twilio

    To specify the region to receive SIP from Twilio:

    1. Update your IP address wh …
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  • By Annie Benitez Pelaez
    How to Configure Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking with FreePBX SIP Trunking

    Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking is used to connect your IP-based communications infrastructure to the publicly switched telephone network (PSTN), so you can start making and receiving telephone calls to the ‘rest of the world’ via any broadband public internet or private connection. Twilio users often hook Elastic SIP to FreePBX, a web based GUI with an underlying Asterisk based PBX. We took best practices from our users and collected them into a series of video tutorials that give you a step-by-step guide on how you can configure Twilio Elastic SIP with FreePBX.

    Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking has several advantages over traditional SIP Trunking whether you are trying to connect to global telephony network or power notifications systems with unpredictable traffic. One of the biggest advantages is the ease of configuration and complete freedom to manage your SIP connectivity as you choose. The video tutorials below show you how to start …

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  • By Annie Benitez Pelaez
    Introducing SIP Registration sipregistration

    We’re excited to introduce a new way to use the Twilio Voice API – via SIP Registration. Now you can connect your SIP-enabled devices or softphones directly to Twilio and use the Voice API to build nifty call-handling logic. For example, you can get phone numbers in nearly 50 countries for those phones. Then, decide if your phones ring sequentially or simultaneously. You can control call routing from your code, based on day of the week, time of day, or Caller ID.

    SIP Registration is available now and it’s free to register multiple devices per user. That’s enough to make even the most device-crazy person happy. The same Programmable Voice pricing for making and receiving calls will apply. To get started, check out the setup instructions below.

    But first, here are some early examples of how others are using SIP Registration.

    How Contact Centers Use Twilio’s SIP Registration

    Serenova, …

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  • By Kyle Kelly-Yahner
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute Switches SIP Based Call Center To Twilio Pittsburgh_Technical_Institute

    Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) has been helping students launch a new career path with a post-secondary degree for over 70 years. PTI prides themselves on being attuned to the job market, keeping its curriculum current to ensure their students are successful after graduation.

    As the school evolved, their communications stack stayed the same, costing PTI time and money. Using Twilio, PTI overhauled their SIP-based call center and built out a live chat feature integrated with their CRM with ease. And it all started with a school art show.
     

    Planting A Seed

    In 2012, William Showers, the Director of Information Technology at PTI, wanted to build an SMS voting service for an art-show PTI put on. He did some googling and found his way to the Twilio SMS API docs. Shortly after, he had an app up and running. A seed was planted.

    Vendor Woes

    If students, parents, or …

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  • By Kyle Kelly-Yahner
    How to Make, Track and Automate Calls with Twilio in Agile CRM agilecrm-logo-icon-png

    Agile CRM built Twilio SIP functionality into their CRM to allow sales agents to make, record, and receive calls from the browser. The integration is making customers happier, and sales agents more effective.

    Great CRMs should make life easier for the customer as well as the caller. The key to a great experience for both parties is context. The sales reps making calls should have the customer’s usage history, past communications, and support tickets right in front of them when they make a call. The customer shouldn’t have to repeat basic information back to the rep.

    In this blog post, Agile CRM will teach you how to quickly set up the integration, make and receive calls, record calls, and run call campaigns.

    Setting Up The SIP Integration

    Communications integrations in Agile CRM take the form of customizable widgets on contact pages in the CRM. To activate the Twilio widget, you’ll …

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  • By Kyle Kelly-Yahner
    Nubitalk Powers Donation Campaigns for Unicef, Greenpeace Using Twilio SIP Trunking and WebRTC nubitalk

    There are no days off for Unicef and Greenpeace. The problems they’re trying to solve, respectively, all over the world are absolutely critical. For Greenpeace, that means fighting for the well being of the environment. For Unicef, that means helping out mothers and children in developing countries.

    Each organization relies exclusively on donations to continue their work. Their donation campaigns directly impact their ability to do their work effectively, and at scale.

    Behind those campaigns is a network of communications technology that makes it possible for volunteers and agents to reach out potential donors. When Greenpeace and Unicef needed experts who could build out the communications stack they needed to power their donation efforts, they chose Twilio-powered, Nubitalk.

    Launching Contact Centers In Brazil with Twilio Elastic SIP Trunking and WebRTC

    Unicef and Greenpeace are vastly different organizations with similar communication needs. They both needed to get a contact …

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  • By Ari Sigal
    Announcing Lower SIP Trunking Prices & New Pricing Zones Twilio_Blog_SIP-Trunking

    Last November we announced the unbundling of our PSTN connectivity as a service.  Elastic SIP Trunking provides instant global voice provisioning for your IP infrastructure (e.g. IP-PBX, SBC, UC hardware, VoIP gateway, etc). Twilio uses the power of the cloud to offer resilience, intelligent local call routing, sms-enabled trunks, cloud-based call recording, multi-tenancy, and full WebRTC support.

    Since November, we have seen companies using this connectivity to provide great multi-channel customer support experiences, create engaging advertising campaigns, change the way business’ collaborate, and deliver critical alerts. In the past 3 months, Elastic SIP Trunking traffic grew by nearly 400% thanks to companies augmenting their businesses and services with cloud based PSTN connectivity.

    SIP Trunking Pricing Changes

    Beginning July 1st we are making two changes to our Elastic SIP Trunking prices. We are introducing a new zoned pricing model and we are lowering our North American termination price by 12.5% from …

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