Common SMS Problems and How to Solve Them, Part 2 (Unicode)

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Earlier this month we walked you through a common SMS delivery challenge that occurs when sending long messages, and how a developer can address it successfully.  In this post, we’ll show you how the many different languages and characters that can be sent in an SMS can also cause complications – and that it’s not necessarily easy to send them all. [Read Common SMS Problems +… Read More

Inspiring Entrepreneurship Through Music: Building Beats Empowers Kids

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When I was in college, I traded music theory lessons with my roommate in exchange for coding lessons. He was majoring in Computer Science, busy writing and defending mathematical proofs. I was studying Music, busy writing and defending compositions written under the constraint of olden counterpoint species. We saw the two disciplines as similarly centered around learning a language through tremendous practice and then making it… Read More

Control Your Messaging Costs by Setting a Maximum Price

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When customers expand internationally, we often hear the question “How do I avoid routes that may be much more expensive than the ones I’ve used in the past?” The reality is that not all messages cost the same amount to send, and sometimes businesses prefer not to send or receive messages when the cost surpasses a certain price. To address this, we’ve added a new feature… Read More

Appboy Gives Mobile Marketers A New Way To Reach Users via SMS with New Webhooks Feature

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It seems like everyone has an app. But, not everyone has a plan to get their users invested in it. In a flooded app market, you need a way to stand out. Appboy gives the developers and marketers the tools they need to rise above the tide. Major brands like Urban Outfitters, PicsArt and EPIX turn to Appboy for a systematic way to grow, manage, and… Read More

Common SMS Problems and How to Solve Them, Part 1

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Most of us don’t think to question whether or not the pictures or emojis in our text message will get through to the person on the other end. Nor do we pause to break up a long message into several parts in order to ensure messages go through in the correct order. Rather, we expect exactly what seems like the obvious: that our message will be… Read More

20,000 Text Messages Under the Sea with OpenROV, Node.js and Twilio

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Meet Rovie. Rovie is our underwater robotic friend here at Twilio: Rovie and Brent. Rovie is the one on the left. Over the past couple months myself and fellow Developer Evangelist Brent Schooley have been teaching Rovie to swim and send underwater pictures whenever she gets a text message.  Last week at That Conference we took Rovie to her first party and he enjoyed swimming in the beautiful pool at… Read More

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

Intro to ROM/RAM hacking: Building an SMS powered Game Genie with Lua and Python

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Old video games are notorious for being insanely difficult. As a child I was astonished to discover a magical item appropriately named Game Genie that allowed me to beat certain games. “Cheating” to make games easier was great, but some Game Genie codes made things more fun rather than just providing infinite lives. Some of these codes manipulated the games in absurdly interesting ways such as making all… Read More

Building A Group Messaging App with Meteor, MongoDB and Twilio

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There’s been a lot of buzz around the Meteor framework, and with their adoption of ES6 coming later this summer now is a better time than ever to try it out! In this post, we are going to build a simplified GroupMe clone using Meteor, MongoDB, and Twilio. The app will serve as an SMS group messenger that will let us create groups of phone numbers and blast a text message to… Read More