Using Telerivet's Android app as an SMS gateway is certainly more convenient than alternatives like connecting a GSM modem to a computer.
However, using Telerivet's Android app does require some care on your part. You need to:
- keep the Android phone powered on,
- make sure it has internet connectivity, and
- refill the phone's credit before it runs out.
Not difficult… yet still not as easy as it would be if you didn't need your own device at all.
A service that provides SMS-enabled phone numbers "in the cloud" would be even easier.
Since the beginning, Telerivet has supported Twilio, a service that offers SMS-enabled phone numbers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. By connecting a Twilio phone number to Telerivet, you can send and receive SMS messages with your Telerivet account, and easily build SMS services without needing programming expertise or your own servers.
Until now, using a Twilio phone number with Telerivet used to mean that you had to set up your own account with Twilio and pay them separately for your SMS usage.
But now, we're happy to announce that you can get SMS-enabled phone numbers directly from Telerivet. There's no need to set up your own Twilio account (or even know what Twilio is!). Just sign up for Telerivet, find a phone number that you like, and start sending and receiving SMS. It's that easy.
As you send and receive messages, we simply deduct the cost of each message from your Telerivet account balance ($0.01 for incoming SMS and most outgoing SMS).
For a limited time, we're even offer a small amount of credit to new users to let you get your own phone number and try sending and receiving SMS for free.
What if you want a phone number in another country besides the U.S., U.K., and Canada?
Of course, Telerivet's Android app still lets you send and receive SMS with a local phone number in any country.
In the coming months, we look forward to working with other SMS gateway providers (in addition to Twilio) so that we can offer cloud-based phone numbers in as many countries as possible. Stay tuned!