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Nexmo vs Plivo: What are the differences?

What is Nexmo? API for SMS, Voice and Phone Verification. 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.

What is Plivo? API platform to build Voice & SMS Applications. 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.

Nexmo and Plivo can be categorized as "Voice and SMS" tools.

Some of the features offered by Nexmo are:

  • Inbound SMS
  • Outbound SMS
  • Outbound Text-To-Speech Calls

On the other hand, Plivo provides the following key features:

  • Phone- Global
  • Phone- Local and Tollfree Numbers
  • Phone- Call routing, call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, 3-way calling, redial, speed dial, mute, hold, etc

"For outbound and inbound SMS" is the top reason why over 10 developers like Nexmo, while over 6 developers mention "SMS gateway" as the leading cause for choosing Plivo.

Airbnb, Viber, and Practo are some of the popular companies that use Nexmo, whereas Plivo is used by Close, Crowdkeep, and Shiftmates. Nexmo has a broader approval, being mentioned in 27 company stacks & 11 developers stacks; compared to Plivo, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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Dainis Duļbinskis
Marketing project manager at Colortime · | 2 upvotes · 83.2K views
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Hello! We need to integrate an SMS gateway into our app for user phone verification. As we are just starting, we are searching for the most affordable/best price/performance option for SMS gateway to verify client phone numbers with the code, maybe you can suggest something between those two or maybe something else. We are planning to do business in Europe

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Twilio might be not cheapest, but they have awesome documentation (a lot of examples), easy to use API and libraries. I think it's a very good product to start. If the bill will become too heavy, you can shop around for economical options.

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Twilio is the leader. Strong API, excellent documentation and reliable service. I suggest Nexmo since their API has smaller learning curve, offering better prices and also reliable solution. Also Nexmo offers more call per sec. 3 vs 2 and 2, out of the box. Good luck

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Twilio documentation is very good and as a platform it just works. It's robust and reliable. We road-tested plivo and it wasn't anywhere near in terms of docs or support. In fact their support was terrible at replying to us. 48 hours to answer basic questions.

That's said, were also using sendgrid by twilio and that's not been pleasant . Their email builder appears to be react based but written by a team who don't understand react very well. That's a nightmare as yet

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Andrew Voirol
Founder at The Social Diner · | 1 upvotes · 82.8K views
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stackshare doesn't seem to have this in the stack list yet, but in my experience Twillio is attractive. It's good for basics, their acquisition of SendGrid gives them a bit more market share.. They are stronger at marketing to those that benefit them. That said from my understanding SendGrid leases the networks, channels, and lines. While their interface is friendly, their pricing suited for lower volume, you want to look at what they are using via an API, a contract, etc. Is it a more friend UI to a combination of others. What redunancies do to they have, try their support. It's not that Twillio is bad, it's about the volume, the use case, the liabiitlies you might have to your end-users if Twillio isn't the right choice. Another option is Bandwidth. You ask for affordable, Twillio is an option, but front end costs v/s the costs of support you'll need to consider. Bandwidth has more reliability but requires more engineering and more skillset. Another option that is worth considering, not the most affordable, but https://www.zipwhip.com/ have perhaps options that might be higher and the cost is relative. Wight costs, of support costs of integration, cost of scale, costs of a volume..

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Pros of Nexmo
Pros of Plivo
  • 17
    For outbound and inbound SMS
  • 12
    Cheap
  • 9
    Simple REST API
  • 3
    Broad coverage
  • 3
    Most reliable global communication vendor w/simple APIs
  • 2
    Super fast and easy to use
  • 2
    Excellent support team
  • 2
    Implement inbound SMS
  • 1
    Cheap short-code SMS
  • 8
    SMS gateway
  • 5
    Pricing
  • 3
    Voice API service
  • 2
    24/7 Support
  • 2
    Trial account with positive balance

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What is 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.

What is 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.

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What are some alternatives to Nexmo and Plivo?
Twilio
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.
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.
Infobip
It is a global leader in omnichannel engagement. We help our clients and partners overcome the complexity of consumer communications & grow their business.
Clickatell
It gives powers to chat commerce by helping you reach and engage customers through SMS, WhatsApp and other social channels.
MessageBird
At MessageBird we believe that communicating with a business should feel as natural as communicating with a friend. That's why our SMS, Voice and Conversations APIs continue to revolutionize company-customer interactions.
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