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Getting Your Own SMS Account at Twilio

You don't need - or want - a short code from Twilio: those are very expensive (often many thousands of dollars). Instead you only need a long code, which is equivalent to a phone number. These cost about $1USD/month to get from Twilio.

To get started, you must first set up your own account on Twilio. Sign up at http://www.twilio.com. Within Twilio's system, you will:

  1. From the main Twilio dashboard, click on the "#" sign to see your active numbers.
  2. Click on + to buy a new number.
    Twilio phone number configuration
  3. Search for and select an appropriate number to purchase.
  4. Configure that phone number, within Twilio's website, to look like this. Note especially an SMS URL which is required by Twilio.
    Twilio SMS configuration

Assuming that you're using VSys Live and/or VSys Anywhere, enter URLs similar to the above. This tells Twilio to post incoming messages and message status changes directly to VSys using a special interface in VSys Live.

Twilio sends your actual incoming messages to this location. Don't randomly put something in here: if you've got questions, ask us!

See Also

SMS/Text Message Setup

Defining Your SMS Settings in VSys One

Validating Your SMS Settings in VSys and Sending a Test Message