I’m going to show you how to enable Twilio international SMS and international calling.
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By default in Twilio, you can only text and call your home country. It’s pretty simple to fix this, but you also need to know that you’re going to be charged more money for this.
Twilio has a pricing table for text messages. Enter a country in the text box – for example, to send and receive in the U.K. It then tells you how much it costs in the U.K.
If you want to see how much it costs to send from one country to another, scroll down the page and there will be a little “Outbound” section. Select to send a message to the United Kingdom. And you can see in the table the prices per message, depending on the cell phone carrier. In this example, they’re all the same price of $0.04.
If you’re sending in from the U.S. to the U.S., it’s $0.075. So it’s significantly more expensive to text internationally.
You can use this pricing table for any country.
Configurate the Messaging Settings
If you’re OK with the Twilio international sms charges, log into your account and then you’re going to see a button near the top left with three dots. For SMS, click on Programmable Messaging > Settings > Geo Permissions.
Here, you can select the country that you want to be able to text to. Let’s say that I want to be able to text from Costa Rica. I would click the little checkbox next to the country’s name and enable it.
For calling, go to Programmable Voice > Calls > Geo Permissions. Again, it’s going to warn you in a pop-up box that “there’s $10 billion in revenue losses each year due to toll fraud, your company could be the next victim of $100,000 into further reduced risk. Please disable High-Risk destinations.”
But guess what? They did that for you already in the settings and told you in the table not to enable it.
That’s how you enable international texting and calling on your Twilio account.
Test your Twilio international SMS!
Now you want to test it. Let’s say you have an all-in-one CRM, such as GoHighLevel, to two way SMS or two way call someone, and this person is in the U.K. I would test it and see if I enabled it properly. And if I didn’t, I would have got a little red arrow that said there was an error.
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