Improved Phone Number Inventory Search with New APIs

Our phone numbers are one of the most important products to our customers. Much like other businesses, a great inventory means always having phone numbers in stock that are readily available for provisioning, as well as providing a large diverse selection of local numbers around the world. However, it doesn’t just stop there. One of the most requested features by our customers is the ability to search for phone numbers by more than just country and prefix. So, we are happy to say that as of today, our improved phone number search gives you the ability to not only search by phone number digits, but also by location (e.g., California), LATA (Local Access Transport Area), and rate center. We also added the ability to filter phone numbers by features (i.e., voice, SMS, or both) and number type (i.e., fixed, mobile, toll-free, or any). See the complete details of each search parameter on our new PhoneNumber API documentation.

You can now access the new phone number search and buy numbers in 2 ways:

  1. Plivo’s New Number Search API
  2. Number Search tab in your Plivo Dashboard

Please note that we will be phasing out the AvailableNumber API and we recommend that you start using the new PhoneNumber API as soon as possible. We will be sending out the deprecation notice in a separate email.

Screenshot - New Searchable Phone Number Inventory

Since October last year, we’ve also made other inventory-related improvements in an effort to ensure that we never run out of the phone numbers you need. Here is a short list of those additional improvements.

New Verification Documentation UI

You can now upload verification documentations for your phone number directly in your Plivo Dashboard in your accounts page. Screenshot - New Searchable Phone Number Inventory

Updated Helpers

All of our server-side SDKs have been updated to support the new PhoneNumber API.

Increased Phone Number Inventory

In light of our recent growth, we’ve increased our phone number inventory by 400%. However, this simple increase is just one aspect of keeping a healthy inventory. We’ve also made improvements to our inventory automation system to better adjust to dynamic inventory depletion rates and forecast for future inventory size.

Increased Phone Number Diversity

The diversity of our phone number inventory spans mobile, fixed, and toll-free numbers. We currently have SMS phone numbers in 23 countries and voice phone numbers in 55 countries with access to 8000+ area codes.

Dedicated Local Expertise

Our phone number team is not only responsible to maintain a healthy phone number inventory but they also specialize in regulatory compliance. This means that you’ll have a team dedicated to helping you adhere to local regulatory and legal requirements in the countries you are acquiring phone numbers.

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