Journey since Plivo Cloud Launch
- 31 Jul 2012
It’s been almost a month since we launched Plivo, an API platform to build voice and SMS applications that scales like a charm. It’s been both exciting and hectic since then. Exciting because we acquired a bunch of new customers from our launch; hectic because we acquired a bunch of new customers from our launch :) We didn’t even find time to announce the launch in our blog until now! But we’re already on our way to announcing the next big feature launch — if you’re curious about the details, check out TechCrunch’s coverage.
Plivo is to cloud telephony as Amazon is to hosting
Cloud telephony is not about buying minutes from carriers, marking them up, and selling them. That’s just good old reselling. It’s about providing solutions for infrastructure woes. Plivo does exactly that. We let businesses offload their telephony infrastructure hassle to us without having to worry about scaling issues. You can scale up as you grow, and we manage it all for you. Many people compare us to Twilio; we built a Twilio Alternative page to make some direct comparisons.
Why SIP support?
Today, the majority of the IP-based telephony infrastructure is based on standards like SIP. We interoperate with SIP seamlessly to help all these businesses transition easily to our cloud. The move is so easy, you can continue to focus on your business without having to worry about it.
Bring your own voice carrier
Plivo has relationships with carriers worldwide and we offer a standard bundled option. Our pricing is volume-based right from the start, and we offer volume discounts on committed spend. And we promise that when we scale as a business and our costs go down, we’ll pass the goodness on to you.
If you already have a relationship with a voice carrier, there’s no need to let go of it: use your devices, use your voice carrier. Just get rid of your hardware infrastructure and move to the cloud.
When we started, Plivo was available as invite-only, and we’ve handled more than 20+ million minutes of calling since then. Today, we open it up to everyone. We offer local phone numbers, inbound and outbound SMS messaging, and international calling for the US and Canada.
Launch day is a big day, but the launch becomes more significant when we achieve our bigger vision of making an impact in the telephony space. Our customers already feel the difference, and we’re constantly working toward creating a bigger impact. Talk to us about how Plivo can help your business.