Top 9 Twilio alternatives
Last updated: April 25, 2018
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Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software. We take care of the messy telecom hardware and expose a globally available cloud API that developers can interact with to build intelligent & complex communications systems. As your app’s usage scales up or down, Twilio automatically scales with you. You only pay for what you use - no contracts, no shenanigans.
Latest news about Twilio
2018. Twilio adds support for LINE
Communications API platform Twilio announced that it has added support for messenger LINE. With this, Twilio developers now have the ability to reach users on this service. The LINE support also extends to Twilio Studio, the company’s drag-and-drop app builder, and Flex, Twilio’s recently announced contact center solution. Twilio allows sending and receiving messages and supports many of the most popular messaging platforms, ranging from Facebook Messenger and Slack to WeChat, Kik and the new RCS text messaging standard. Missing from this list are the likes of WhatsApp and SnapChat, though they don’t have APIs that Twilio could easily integrate.
2016. VoIP platform provider Twilio launches add-on marketplace
Twilio announced the launch of its add-ons marketplace. Using these add-ons, developers who use Twilio’s API to power the messaging features of their apps and services can easily combine Twilio’s services with those of its partners. Twilio will handle the billing for its partners and developers can access their services with a single API call. For now, Twilio is working with 18 partners, including the likes of IBM Watson, NextCaller, WhitePages Pro, Mobile Commons and Payfone. These add-ons are available for Twilio’s Programmable SMS, Programmable Voice and Twilio Lookup services.
2015. Communications platform Twilio raised $130M
Twilio, the developer-centric communications platform, has raised a $130 million Series E round. Twilio says the new round will allow it to accelerate its global expansion plans and expands its efforts to get into the enterprise. The company also says that it will likely use the new funding to ” execute on strategic opportunities such as the company’s recent acquisition of Authy.” Twilio’s innovative cloud communications platform is changing the way businesses communicate with their customers and Salesforce Ventures is excited to help Twilio continue to accelerate their growth. With this round, the company is also clearly setting itself up for an IPO. In total, Twilio has now raised $233.7 $240 million and while it’s not talking about its valuation, it’s an easy guess that we are now talking about more than $1 billion.
2015. Cloud communications platform Twilio adds WebRTC video chat
Twilio, the cloud platform, that makes it easy for developers to integrate voice calling and text messaging into their applications, is now also offering a video chat. The new Twilio Video service uses the WebRTC standard — which Twilio already used for some of its audio features — and is now available in beta. What Twilio hopes to enable with this new feature is a future where video can be easily integrated into any application. Say you have an accident and need to call your insurance. With an integrated video feature, you can’t just tell your insurance agent about what happened, but you can show exactly what kind of damage your car sustained. Using Twilio Video, developers get access to multi-party video calls with up to four participants, support for unlimited video connections, low-latency relays through Twilio’s data centers around the world and access to SDKs for iOS and Android.
2015. Twilio acquires 2-factor authentication service Authy
Communications API provider Twilio has acquired Authy, a service that offers two-factor authentication to end users and enterprises. Authy is a natural fit for Twilio, that over the past few years powered components of the authentication and verification experience for brands like Intuit, Box and GitHub. Integrating Authy’s service with Twilio will give users a better self-service and policy-management experience, as well as features like mobile phone-based TOTP [time-based one-time passwords]. A number of Twilio customers, after all, have already built their own two-factor authentication services that use Twilio’s SMS and voice services. They will soon be able to do away with those (after a bit of engineering work, I would imagine) and choose Authy as a product option on Twilio.com.