Nexmo vs Twilio: What are the differences?
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; Twilio: Bring voice and messaging to your web and mobile applications. 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.
Nexmo and Twilio can be primarily classified 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, Twilio provides the following key features:
- Phone- Phone Numbers API
- Phone- Convert Text to Speech and Play Audio
- Phone- Record Calls and Store Them
"For outbound and inbound SMS" is the primary reason why developers consider Nexmo over the competitors, whereas "Powerful, simple, and well documented api" was stated as the key factor in picking Twilio.
Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and reddit are some of the popular companies that use Twilio, whereas Nexmo is used by Airbnb, Viber, and Practo. Twilio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 691 company stacks & 305 developers stacks; compared to Nexmo, which is listed in 27 company stacks and 11 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.
Twilio is by far the most complete solution for SMS, its API is extremely well structured. And its integration with rails is pretty straight forward.
We use Twilio extensively for voice call routing, for texting. We, in fact, use it for MMS messaging as of recently...We do number masking. So the personal shopper never has your actual number, you call the Twilio number and it routes you intelligently to the customer. And vice-versa.
Twilio is a service I have experimented with, and given a project with SMS requirements I would choose Twilio to support that.
For my own phone forwarding system, SMS messaging, and will gladly build such systems for clients.
I set up text-message alerts to be sent to me when an error was raised on the web application.
Used with BlueMix NodeRed to build an application that sends a text when it's about to rain.