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OneSignal vs Twilio: What are the differences?

Developers describe OneSignal as "Free Mobile and Web Push Notifications". Free mobile and web push notification service. On the other hand, Twilio is detailed as "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.

OneSignal can be classified as a tool in the "Mobile Push Messaging" category, while Twilio is grouped under "Voice and SMS".

Some of the features offered by OneSignal are:

  • Multiplatform notifications
  • Web Push Support
  • Safari Push Notifications

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

"More parametrable" is the primary reason why developers consider OneSignal 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 OneSignal is used by OneSignal, Portfolium, and Washos, Inc.. Twilio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 691 company stacks & 305 developers stacks; compared to OneSignal, which is listed in 55 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.

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What is OneSignal?

OneSignal is a high volume push notification service for websites and mobile applications. OneSignal supports all major native and mobile platforms by providing dedicated SDKs for each platform, a RESTful server API, and a dashboard.

What is 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.
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      What are some alternatives to OneSignal and Twilio?
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      Decisions about OneSignal and Twilio
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      Julien DeFrance
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      Nexmo
      #Twilio
      #SDK
      #SMS
      #VoiceAndSms

      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 OneSignal and Twilio
      Review ofTwilioTwilio

      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.

      Review ofOneSignalOneSignal

      I have migrated from Parse to OneSignal platform really its Simple and Easy To Use. Well Documented :)

      How developers use OneSignal and Twilio
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      Instacart uses TwilioTwilio

      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.

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      Kent Steiner uses TwilioTwilio

      Twilio is a service I have experimented with, and given a project with SMS requirements I would choose Twilio to support that.

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      William Baker uses TwilioTwilio

      For my own phone forwarding system, SMS messaging, and will gladly build such systems for clients.

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      atandy uses TwilioTwilio

      I set up text-message alerts to be sent to me when an error was raised on the web application.

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      Zachary Melacncon uses TwilioTwilio

      Used with BlueMix NodeRed to build an application that sends a text when it's about to rain.

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