Announcing the Twilio Super SIM
Today Twilio is excited to announce the Twilio Super SIM, the only SIM you will ever need.
Over the last two years, we've worked with our customers to better understand their connectivity needs as they build and deploy IoT devices around the world. We've jotted down notes, collated requests and arrived at three core requirements. Our customers told us that they wanted a single SIM with a single API that they could deploy anywhere. They wanted a SIM that has access to the largest range of networks possible with smart network selection and the ability to override automatic network selection if required. Finally, they want detailed visibility into how their devices are initializing and maintaining connections to the network for debugging. With these requirements in mind, we set out to build the Super SIM.
What Makes Twilio Super SIM “Super”?
The Twilio Super SIM takes advantage of the Super Network ...
What is an eSIM?
This week Apple announced two new flagship phones with eSIM support. This has raised many questions on what an eSIM actually is and why it is so important for the industry. Remember that our work is primarily on M2M (Machine to Machine) or IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity rather than consumer mobile but we hope this post will give you more clarity.
The concept of the eSIM is complicated.
A common misconception is that eSIM refers only to embedded SIM hardware - the MFF2 SIM card form factor is shown below.
This isn’t true. eSIM refers to eUICC or embedded UICC. The embedded UICC software can be deployed on embedded SIM hardware like MFF2, or removable plastic SIM cards like 4FF. We don't know the exact embedded hardware that Apple is using for its eSIM support - it could be the standard MFF2, or something even more miniaturized.
With eSIM, you ...
Introducing Twilio Developer Evangelist Christopher Konopka
Following your passion and hard work are things I observed being around family when I was young. My grandfather passed away early in my life but his memory was always visible to me through the pictures hanging on the walls in my grandmother’s house.
One wall had an image of a worn leather boot and him climbing a telephone pole next to it. He, along with other family members, were responsible for putting up telephone lines across the northern part of Massachusetts for Bell Telephone.
Growing up in this environment I was always taught to problem-solve and was encouraged to seek solutions by observing the problem through the eyes of others. From the beginning I was equipped with curiosity and inspired to use it every day.
There were two principles I was told that make the world work: asking "why?" and communication.
As a kid I ...
Programmable Wireless adds 57 New Countries (now supports 185!)
Programmable Wireless provides global cellular connectivity for your IoT solutions. To help you reach your customers wherever they are located, today we are adding data and SMS connectivity in an additional 57 countries.
We’ve incorporated all these countries into our Quota based pricing models, as well as providing pay-as-you-go data rates. As with our existing countries, all SMS pricing is pay-as-you-go. See the pricing page in our docs for full details. Any SIM that has International Roaming enabled on its Rate Plan will be able to connect in these countries starting today.
The full list of new countries available today:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- French Polynesia
- Nigeria ...
Build a Cellular Connected Raspberry Pi Fax Machine with Node.js
Here at Twilio, one of our core objectives is to inspire and equip you to you build new things – even just for fun. Our latest experiment along those lines? A cellular connected portable fax machine.
You heard that right: a fax machine! While a fax machine probably won’t be the next hit holiday gift, we think it’s great inspiration for your next IoT project.
What you’ll need to build your cellular Raspberry Pi fax machine
We’ve provided a shopping list of services and hardware required to recreate this project:
- A Twilio account
- Everything on this Amazon portable fax machine shopping list
- A Programmable Wireless SIM card
- This project’s source code
A Raspberry Pi and thermal printer are at the center of the required hardware to build this beast. You’ll use a USB to TTL serial cable to connect to the Raspberry Pi ...
Setting up a Twilio Programmable Wireless SIM Card for SMS and Phone Calls
With Twilio Programmable Wireless you can deploy and manage fleets of cellular connected devices, power connectivity for the Internet of Things and enable highly customized communications use cases.
A couple of weekends ago, I attended the MAGFest video game music festival and had a blast! My friend Mikhail from Russia visited because his band Marshall Art was playing the festival (hint: they ruled). When he got to the states I let him use the Twilio Programmable Wireless SIM card that I was hacking around with because I had already configured it for voice and SMS.
Programmable Wireless isn’t meant to be used as replacement to your cell phone provider, but it was a fun way to help out a friend with a small amount of code and a great first step for future projects.
Acquiring and registering a SIM card
Before moving on, you need to have a Twilio ...
Agricultural Monitoring with Twilio Programmable Wireless and Helium
The Internet of Things certainly has potential – and for some applications it’s even currently performing. Smart farming is one of those fields (pun intended), where always-connected sensors can do better at crop monitoring than any human ever could. Watching moisture levels and other soil metrics is a perfect assignment for low-powered microcontrollers scattered throughout amber waves of grain.
Building a Smart Farm with Arduino, Twilio and Helium
Here in the Bay Area, lot sizes are measured in square footage not acreage – so excuse my diversion into hyperbole. At my house, I have a couple of 3’x6.5’ planter boxes where we grow herbs and root vegetables. Today, we’ll wire up a planter box and build an agricultural monitor using Twilio’s Programmable Wireless and SMS, along with a Helium Element Gateway, Helium Atom Prototyping Module and an Arduino Uno.
On the accessories side, we’ll be using ...
Bulk Actions for SIMs in Console
- Adding customer requested features.
- Provisioning SIMs ordered simplified through Console.
- Updating SIMs in bulk through Console.
Today, we’re excited to announce bulk updates for Programmable Wireless SIMs in the Console—a much-requested feature by customers to simplify the provisioning of logically grouped devices.
In the past, making changes to a fleet of devices such as moving SIMs to the “Active” state to bring them online or changing Rate Plans to allow higher data usage required writing scripts using our SIM Rest API.
We’ve made the actions to update SIMs even easier by adding the necessary UI features to the SIMs tab of the Console.
How to Use Bulk Actions in Console
Step 2: Create a Rate Plan
Step 3: Select the SIMs you wish to update
Step 4: Click the Actions button ...
Announcing SIM Data Sessions and More!
- Troubleshoot device issues and understand network setup.
- Get detailed internet session information by API or in Console.
- Reset a SIM’s network connection, remotely.
When you have a fleet of devices out in the wild, it’s important to understand the behavior of those devices as they attempt to access resources on the Internet. You also need to troubleshoot issues and understand the network setup and teardown behavior of all your devices in the wild.
Which is why, we at Twilio, are very excited to announce the SIM Data Sessions Rest API. A Data Session represents an individual data connectivity session between the SIM-connected device and a service that interfaces between the cellular network and the Internet. This will either be a PDP Context via a GGSN or an EPS Bearer via a Packet Gateway. Very simply, you can think of a Data Session as a representation of your device ...
International Shipping for Programmable Wireless SIMs
- International shipping of SIMs now available.
- Single Programmable SIM connects your devices in over 100+ countries.
- Ordering SIMs simplified through Console.
Today, we’re excited to announce international shipping for Programmable Wireless SIMs—offering cellular connectivity for your SIM-connected devices around the globe.
International shipping, together with international data connectivity, means that global connectivity from a single SIM is now available in 100+ countries. Now you can use Programmable Wireless as a single point of integration for your global connectivity use cases.
Let’s say you’re tracking a fleet of trucks that run from Canada, through the United States, down to Mexico, and back. Programmable Wireless’ international data offering provides a seamless integration with carriers on a single SIM with competitive rates.
We can ship SIMs to your developers to start testing, to your original design manufacturer (ODM) so they can start building, or just about anywhere else you ...