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Alternatives to Twilio

Nexmo, Plivo, OpenTok, Bandwidth, and RingCentral are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Twilio.
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What is Twilio and what are its top alternatives?

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.
Twilio is a tool in the Voice and SMS category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Twilio

  • Nexmo

    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. ...

  • Plivo

    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. ...

  • OpenTok

    OpenTok

    It adds the clarity and emotion of face-to-face communication to your brand whether you're developing for the web, iOS, or Android. We make the integration of high-quality live video a breeze so that you can focus on building a great product. ...

  • Bandwidth

    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. ...

  • RingCentral

    RingCentral

    Since RingCentral is cloud based, you enjoy the freedom to connect and manage multiple locations, devices and workers within your cloud phone system. You can easily customize users, departments, and call handling rules. No matter where you, or the users, are. You only need a high-speed Internet connection and your phone system is ready to work lightning fast, anytime and anyplace. There’s no PBX hardware. ...

  • Amazon Connect

    Amazon Connect

    The self-service graphical interface in Amazon Connect makes it easy for non-technical users to design contact flows, manage agents, and track performance metrics – no specialized skills required. ...

  • Amazon SNS

    Amazon SNS

    Amazon Simple Notification Service makes it simple and cost-effective to push to mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and internet connected smart devices, as well as pushing to other distributed services. Besides pushing cloud notifications directly to mobile devices, SNS can also deliver notifications by SMS text message or email, to Simple Queue Service (SQS) queues, or to any HTTP endpoint. ...

  • Agora

    Agora

    Agora.io provides building blocks for you to add real-time voice and video communications through a simple and powerful SDK. You can integrate the Agora SDK to enable real-time communications in your own application quickly. ...

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Nexmo

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PROS OF NEXMO
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    For outbound and inbound SMS
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    Cheap
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    Simple REST API
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    Broad coverage
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    Most reliable global communication vendor w/simple APIs
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    Implement inbound SMS
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    Super fast and easy to use
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    Excellent support team
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    Cheap short-code SMS
CONS OF NEXMO
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    Julien DeFrance
    Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 3 upvotes · 454.6K views

    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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    Plivo logo

    Plivo

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    API platform to build Voice & SMS Applications
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    PROS OF PLIVO
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      SMS gateway
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      Pricing
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      Voice API service
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      24/7 Support
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      Trial account with positive balance
    CONS OF PLIVO
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      Arvind Singh
      Senior Software Engineer · | 2 upvotes · 61.4K views
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      I use Plivo because Tropo discontinued their services. It provides clean event logs, categorized and filterable. Super easy to troubleshoot problems. Tropo was a fine service but event logging was horrendous.

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      OpenTok

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      Build live interactive video, voice and messaging into your web and mobile apps
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      PROS OF OPENTOK
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        Video Archiving to s3
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        Easy setup
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        Bandwidth

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        Cloud-ready voice, messaging, and 9-1-1 built for the enterprise
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            RingCentral

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            Cloud business phone systems that work the way you do.
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            PROS OF RINGCENTRAL
            • 1
              Powered by Zoom
            CONS OF RINGCENTRAL
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              Very Limited Use (Free)
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              Lacking in Features
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              Video Conferencing is very buggy
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              Uses an old version of Zoom Video Conferencing

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            Amazon Connect

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            Simple to use, cloud-based contact center
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            PROS OF AMAZON CONNECT
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                Amazon SNS

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                PROS OF AMAZON SNS
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                  Low cost
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                  Supports multi subscribers
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                  Cyril Duchon-Doris

                  We decided to use AWS Lambda for several serverless tasks such as

                  • Managing AWS backups
                  • Processing emails received on Amazon SES and stored to Amazon S3 and notified via Amazon SNS, so as to push a message on our Redis so our Sidekiq Rails workers can process inbound emails
                  • Pushing some relevant Amazon CloudWatch metrics and alarms to Slack
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                  Manish Mishra
                  Lead Consultant at Knoldus Software LLp · | 6 upvotes · 27.5K views
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                  Amazon PinpointAmazon PinpointAmazon SNSAmazon SNS

                  Instead of Amazon SNS, which is currently being used to send outbound push notification and including SMS, we want to build the 2 Way SMS using Amazon Pinpoint. Just want to know about Pinpoint and any outstanding issues if we drop SNS since it does not support 2 Way and use Pinpoint for both incoming and outgoing flow.

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                  Agora logo

                  Agora

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                  The Real-Time Engagement platform for devs to integrate voice & video chat, interactive live streaming, and messaging
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                  PROS OF AGORA
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                    RESTful API
                  • 1
                    Easy setup
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                    Hello. So, I wanted to make a decision on whether to use WebRTC or Amazon Chime for a conference call (meeting). My plan is to build an app with features like video broadcasting, and the ability for all the participants to talk and chat. I have used Agora's web SDK for video broadcasting, and Socket.IO for chat features. As I read the comparison between Amazon Chime and WebRTC, it further intrigues me on what I should use given my scenario? Is there any way that so many related technologies could be a hindrance to the other? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Ritwik Neema

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