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Nexmo vs Plivo: What are the differences?

What is Nexmo? API for SMS, Voice and Phone Verification. Nexmo connects your apps directly to carriers around the world. Integrate SMS and Voice messages using one simple API. Use Nexmo Verity to register users, verify transactions, and implement two factor authentication.

What is Plivo? API platform to build Voice & SMS Applications. Plivo provides basic building block APIs in the form of Plivo XML and HTTP API, to create telephony apps, so developers can completely do away with learning the nitty-gritty of the telephony plumbing.

Nexmo and Plivo can be categorized as "Voice and SMS" tools.

Some of the features offered by Nexmo are:

  • Inbound SMS
  • Outbound SMS
  • Outbound Text-To-Speech Calls

On the other hand, Plivo provides the following key features:

  • Phone- Global
  • Phone- Local and Tollfree Numbers
  • Phone- Call routing, call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, 3-way calling, redial, speed dial, mute, hold, etc

"For outbound and inbound SMS" is the top reason why over 10 developers like Nexmo, while over 6 developers mention "SMS gateway" as the leading cause for choosing Plivo.

Airbnb, Viber, and Practo are some of the popular companies that use Nexmo, whereas Plivo is used by Close, Crowdkeep, and Shiftmates. Nexmo has a broader approval, being mentioned in 27 company stacks & 11 developers stacks; compared to Plivo, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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What is Nexmo?

Nexmo connects your apps directly to carriers around the world. Integrate SMS and Voice messages using one simple API. Use Nexmo Verity to register users, verify transactions, and implement two factor authentication.

What is Plivo?

Plivo provides basic building block APIs in the form of Plivo XML and HTTP API, to create telephony apps, so developers can completely do away with learning the nitty-gritty of the telephony plumbing.
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      What are some alternatives to Nexmo and Plivo?
      Twilio
      Twilio offers developers a powerful API for phone services to make and receive phone calls, and send and receive text messages. Their product allows programmers to more easily integrate various communication methods into their software and programs.
      Bandwidth
      A Communications Platform as a Service company offering a full suite of voice, messaging, and 9-1-1 APIs, all built atop the company's own all-IP voice network.
      Infobip
      It is a global leader in omnichannel engagement. We help our clients and partners overcome the complexity of consumer communications & grow their business.
      Clickatell
      It gives powers to chat commerce by helping you reach and engage customers through SMS, WhatsApp and other social channels.
      Alexa
      It is a cloud-based voice service and the brain behind tens of millions of devices including the Echo family of devices, FireTV, Fire Tablet, and third-party devices. You can build voice experiences, or skills, that make everyday tasks faster, easier, and more delightful for customers.
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      Decisions about Nexmo and Plivo
      Julien DeFrance
      Julien DeFrance
      Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 3 upvotes · 70K views
      atSmartZipSmartZip
      Nexmo
      Nexmo
      Twilio
      Twilio
      Twilio Functions
      Twilio Functions
      Authy
      Authy
      Twilio SendGrid
      Twilio SendGrid
      #VoiceAndSms
      #SMS
      #SDK
      #Twilio

      Nexmo vs Twilio ?

      Back in the early days at SmartZip Analytics, that evaluation had - for whatever reason - been made by Product Management. Some developers might have been consulted, but we hadn't made the final call and some key engineering aspects of it were omitted.

      When revamping the platform, I made sure to flip the decision process how it should be. Business provided an input but Engineering lead the way and has the final say on all implementation matters. My engineers and I decided on re-evaluating the criteria and vendor selection. Not only did we need SMS support, but were we not thinking about #VoiceAndSms support as the use cases evolved.

      Also, on an engineering standpoint, SDK mattered. Nexmo didn't have any. Twilio did. No-one would ever want to re-build from scratch integration layers vendors should naturally come up with and provide their customers with.

      Twilio won on all fronts. Including costs and implementation timelines. No-one even noticed the vendor switch.

      Many years later, Twilio demonstrated its position as a leader by holding conferences in the Bay Area, announcing features like Twilio Functions. Even acquired Authy which we also used for 2FA. Twilio's growth has been amazing. Its recent acquisition of SendGrid continues to show it.

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      Reviews of Nexmo and Plivo
      Avatar of raycheung
      Software Developer at Segantii Capital Management
      Review ofNexmoNexmo

      It just works as expected within minutes -- you get both outbound/inbound messages, with delivery receipts or incoming callbacks -- all working in the easiest form.

      How developers use Nexmo and Plivo
      Avatar of Kalibrr
      Kalibrr uses NexmoNexmo

      We fall back to Nexmo when Chikka (https://api.chikka.com) and Semaphore (http://semaphore.co) have downtime or deliverability problems. Chikka and Semaphore are local (Philippine) SMS APIs handled by SMART and Globe, respectively, and report higher deliverability rates than Nexmo (at lower cost).

      Avatar of Andrew Fielding
      Andrew Fielding uses PlivoPlivo

      We use Plivo to support the text messaging function of our Helper web based application.

      Avatar of Harba
      Harba uses NexmoNexmo

      SMS sending for harbour masters and sailors.

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