APIs · SMS services

Anyone used a good free SMS service that can be used in a MVP for testing?

AJAY BAM Ceo and Co-founder at Vyrill Inc

January 31st, 2014


We wanted to test some consumer behavior for an experiment over mobile by sharing an invitation only opt-in mobile web page for some MVP testing.  Are there any free SMS services out there that you may have used that offer an API to send out text messages?  We are looking for something really simple.

Google search comes up with many and its hard to know the good and the bad ones.

Thank you and appreciate any guidance,

Zvi Epner Fourtein.com

January 31st, 2014


Kristin Austin Marketing comms strategist & biz turnaround exec working w CEOs & business owners to drive sales thru WIIFM engagement

January 31st, 2014

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Bhavyan Mehta Development Manager at Commvault Systems

February 1st, 2014

We are using Twilio for our MVP product and it is working great. Not that expensive as of now. But just curious, are there any better services out there which would be cheaper when the volume of text and voice really grows.

Rob G

February 3rd, 2014

twilio, Mogreet and Nextmo.  Nexmo is a bit cheaper than Twilio at $0.0066 to send and $0.0000 to receive. just now starting to work with Nexmo's API so no qualitative feedback yet. For testing purposes each carrier seems to have their own free to use gatewayI.  Nexmo has some 'inside' info on how the carriers throttle their gateways.  The idea is that as long as you act like you are a human sending and receiving SMS you are good to go for free. that means no more than about 1 SMS / sec. and no more than 500/day. 

Nikhil Singhal Experienced Technology Executive, Technical Advisor, Agile Coach and Leader

January 31st, 2014

Try AT&T developer services. Simple, free and backed by massive network directly

Michael Barnathan

January 31st, 2014

Twilio's the biggest. Not free, but cheap ($0.0075 per text message, IIRC) and easy to customize.

Sal Matteis Innovation Policy, Building companies, Helping founders, Mentor at 500 Startups, Seedcamp, Startupbootcamp, Techstars

February 1st, 2014

Twilio is by far the best option. It won't cost you much for a while until you get to greater volumes. Sent from my iPhone

Andrew Jaeger

January 31st, 2014

I would also like to recommend Twilio, by far the easiest API to integrate and as long as youre not sending out many messages basically free

Bill Korbecki Lead Mobile Architect at HighGround, Inc.

January 31st, 2014

I agree with several of the comments above.  We've used Twilio in the past (in conjunction with Parse.com), which work extremely well.

Mike Whitfield Sr. Software Engineer, EPAM, Google

February 3rd, 2014

http://www.fowiz.com/ -- try that one you need Android to operate it