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