SMS · Security

Cheaper SMS service?

Neelesh Vaikhary

March 20th, 2014

Does anyone of you have any suggestions for cheaper SMS service other than SNS. I recently launched a community alert system called yellert ( and noticed that my SMS bill from amazon is pretty high. I like the reliability aspect of it but is there any better alternative that's cheap and equally reliable. Any open source alternative?


Brian McConnell

March 20th, 2014

You should look at Twilio. They have competitive SMS rates, but its still about 1 cent per message which adds up quickly if you're broadcasting alerts. SMS is a legacy technology, and frankly a rip off. IMHO, you should really look into push notifications for native apps, or just use email. Email transmittal services like Mailgun cost around $1.00 per 10,000 message sent (less with volume discounts), so it reduces the cost of message transmittal by a factor of 100. Email gets set as quickly as SMS in most cases to smartphones, and you have no limit on message length, attachments, etc.

Vijen Patel Co-Founder | CEO at Pressbox

March 20th, 2014


Rob G

March 22nd, 2014

We've spent quite a bit of time researching this and Nexmo seems to be the cheapest.  the carriers still keep the costs way to high.  you will still need to decide whether to use short code or long codes.  if you go with long codes and Nexmo then you will need to do your own load balancing.  they don't support MMS the last time i checked and neither did Twillio, but i know Twillio was getting some customer pressure to add MMS. 

Harshit Rastogi

March 20th, 2014

twillo , nexmo .. 

Eric Landeen Director at doxo

March 20th, 2014


Ken Vermeille Founder

March 22nd, 2014

Nexmo is the best and generally the cheapest when you're looking to lower your sms costs

Richard Rosen Founder of FastCall --​> #1 Phone Sales Productivity app in the Salesforce AppExchange

March 20th, 2014

ATT is free but only to ATT subscribers (first 1 million).

Yousef Janajri

March 24th, 2014

Check out Twilio, they have the easiest API available and are very competitively priced.

Dave Hyman Experiential Product Specialist at VisiQuate, Inc.

March 20th, 2014

Twillio is cheap and super easy to get started with: DBH

Nick Gory

March 20th, 2014

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