One of the main questions we have for an internet marketing company is, “Can we really get our hands on a free version of Twilio for our business?” Yes, absolutely, it is completely free! NO trials, no hidden fees, absolutely FREE! Unlike other programs, you don’t need to pay anything upfront or make credits to call an or international number, whether or not they use the same program as you do.
What is Twilio Free to Use? To answer that question we have to first take a look at what Twilio is, and how it works. Twilio is a powerful mobile and web-based voice and messaging application which integrate with some of the most popular social networking and messaging applications such as: Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, LinkedIn, and many others. By integrating with these types of applications, Twilio can take all the benefits of mobile and internet communications and apply them to voice communications. It is essentially a turnkey system that allows you to go from being a regular mobile consumer to being able to converse through various applications and take full advantage of what mobile internet provides.
So what types of applications does Twilio offer and how does it integrate with the most popular ones? The primary focus of Twilio is it’s ability to allow third party software developers the ability to build applications that work directly on top of the existing texting service. The biggest feature of Twilio is it’s ability for SMS customization. This allows the use of widgets and text messages from one’s own phone to be sent to another phone, this feature is referred to as twill owned software.
One of the most interesting and unique aspects of Twilio is that it allows software developers the ability to integrate their own applications with SMS functionality. For instance, if a user sends a message that requires the use of a specific application, the phone number and application can be programmed into the Twilio messaging service. Once this has been done, any other phones that are configured to receive SMS messages from the phone number will also be able to receive the message. This way, the use of one’s own phone number for text messaging purposes becomes completely secondary to having a Twilio phone number that is tied into the messaging system of a third party company.
In addition, Twilio also provides mobile application developers the ability to attach a Twilio coupon to their applications. Coupons can be used to either get charged on a monthly basis or for some other special purpose. In order to take advantage of a coupon, the application programmer must integrate Twilio into the mobile application. Once this is done, any text messages sent from the mobile application to a phone using Twilio services will be subject to a Twilio charge.
One of the more unique aspects about Twilio is that it allows third party software developers to be able to monitor the inbound traffic that comes to their websites. For instance, if a software developer wanted to know which sites were generating the most traffic, they would simply log into their own site and perform a search. Of course, Twilio is not the only way to do this. Google’s AdWords program is also capable of tracking which sites are being viewed the most. However, because Twilio owns the infrastructure that hosts all of its applications, it is often much more effective at providing more detailed information about where visitors to a given site are coming from.
Another way that Twilio can help is that it is capable of converting an SMS message into an audio file. This can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from recording incoming calls to converting the message into a web-based interactive Flash presentation. All of these features are enabled by default and can be accessed by simply typing “immediate messaging” in the Twilio settings. Since Twilio is used as an application on mobile devices that access the internet, this means that all text messages sent to Twilio are saved directly to a mobile device for review later.
Many people are surprised to learn that Twilio is not free to use. There are a few conditions that must be met before a text message can be sent from a mobile device. In addition, any multimedia messages that require an internet connection will incur additional charges from Twilio. The good news is that once you have received a text message that requires an internet connection, Twilio will connect you to the internet so you can read the message and determine whether or not you want to proceed with the request to send a multimedia message. In case you don’t want to receive any more multimedia messages, Twilio will immediately stop sending any new messages to your mobile device.