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 ...
Introducing Global Connectivity and IoT Authentication Tools for Programmable Wireless
Today at SIGNAL we introduced two exciting enhancements to Programmable Wireless.
Global SIM Connectivity
First, we’re incredibly excited to provide global connectivity on our T-Mobile powered SIMs. This enables Programmable Wireless to support global device deployments with a single SIM SKU. And for developers building outside the US, we heard your feedback! You’re now able to connect your device during development and testing in almost 200 countries.
When Twilio introduced voice in 2008 and SMS in 2010, both products started with humble US-only origins. Since then we’ve improved global coverage every day. We do this through a combination of commercial deals and technical interops that we collectively refer to as our Super Network. Our vision for a Wireless Super Network is no different – we want to achieve first class performance and capabilities in every market around the world, all via a single SIM and a single API ...
Programmable Wireless Now Available in Beta
What a rush! In 2016, we spun up a brand new team and set forth to open up (yet another) black box of telecom—Cellular Wireless.
In the past months, we’ve:
- Shipped APIs for managing the lifecycle and capabilities of SIMs.
- Provided a self-service SIM ordering mechanism with two-day fulfillment in the US.
- Implemented a Console and API experience for understanding data usage.
- Added Programmable Voice capabilities.
- Delivered machine-to-machine SMS messages in text and binary formats for a variety of mission-critical use cases.
- Built rich metering capabilities that enable us to bill you the way you want to be billed.
- Published the first set of Blueprints to quickly ramp up developers on wide area IoT.
Most importantly, we’ve gotten to know a ton of great customers in our burgeoning Wireless community, and we’ve listened to your feedback.
Today, Programmable Wireless graduates from Developer Preview to Beta. What ...
Getting Started with Twilio Programmable Wireless on the LinkIt ONE
At SIGNAL we launched Twilio Programmable Wireless which allows you to add cellular data to your IoT projects using a Twilio SIM card. The LinkIt ONE dev board in the SIGNAL hackpack is a perfect place to try out these new capabilities. In the next 5 minutes you’ll learn how to use the cellular functionality of this device using your Twilio SIM card.
What You’ll Need
Before we get to hacking there are a few things we need to get set up. First, we need to set up the LinkIt ONE board and make sure it is programmable using the Arduino IDE and the MediaTek LinkIt ONE SDK. The steps for getting this set up are outlined in this blog post. Once you’ve completed those steps you’ll want to also make sure to attach the cellular antenna if you haven’t already because it is needed ...
Introducing Programmable Wireless. Build with cellular communications.
Today at SIGNAL, we launched something a little unusual. For the first time there is a Twilio product you can physically touch!
It’s called Programmable Wireless and it’s a Twilio SIM card with an unmistakable Twilio flavor. You now have access to program every call, text and data packet that interacts with your IoT or Enterprise cellular device.
In a nutshell, Programmable Wireless gives you:
- LTE data connectivity, using the Twilio SIM card. It connects through the T-Mobile network in the US. International coverage is coming soon.
- Voice & SMS via the existing Twilio API, so you can exchange calls and messages directly with your cellular-connected device.
- An API to programmatically order, activate, control, and track any number of Twilio SIM cards, directly from your software.
- A new machine-to-machine Commands API that provides a power-efficient and resilient complement to a cellular data link.
- And a no-shenanigans pricing model ...