Deploy Voice and SMS with Twilio and Vodia PBX
Twilio has been the front runner in Voice and SMS technology, this is great because now, Vodia can use Twilio SMS and MMS API capability right on your Vodia PBX phone system.
In this tutorial, I will show how to get started with Twilio and how to configure it all on the Vodia PBX phone system.
What are the benefits?
Become an SMS provider
Use your existing Twilio account for both messaging and voice
Users will be able to SMS and MMS from their Vodia Apps like the Vodia Windows App, Vodia Web browsers, IOS, and Android Apps
Provides a new revenue stream
Twilio is the front runners in Voice and SMS
Creates new services for your subscribers
Vodia multi-tenant subscribers can enjoy the simplicity of a new way to communicate through the PBX
Setting up Voice and SMS on Twilio is extremely easy and will only take a few minutes to set up.
Here's what you will need:
Ok, now that we have that squared away, let's begin!
When when you log in to your Twilio account navigate to the all-products-icon and click on phone numbers then Buy a number. Next type in your customer Area code, under categories, choose SMS and Voice.
Purchase your number
Next... Buy your new DID number
Success!! Now that you have acquired a Twilio number you can start using the Twilio SMS feature by plugging a few values.
We will be also using the DID number in Vodia's notification settings, ( Keep that number handy)
Let's SMS with Vodia
Now that you've purchased your number, click on the hyperlink phone number to access the SMS settings.
Scroll down to messaging under "A Message comes in" Choose Webhook for the value https://Your PBX FQDN/recvsms
Next, we will need the Auth Password of the SMS application. Navigate "Console Dashboard" then click on the "Project info"
The project info has the user|password token that we will need to supply the Vodia PBX with when setting up the SMS feature, for now, Copy-paste the "ACCOUNT SID" and the "AUTH TOKEN" into your notes.
Getting SMS configured on Vodia PBX
In the administration, mode navigate to Messaging|Notifications
We will need to provide the project info found on your Twilio portal which is the (Account SID) and (Auth Token), please refer above for more info.
- Provider choose Twilio
- Username or account ( User the Account SID)
- Application token ( User Auth Token)
- URL prefix for receiving messages ( recvsms)
- Address for pulling for sending MMS messages (Enter your FQDN) ex https://yourvodiapbx.com
- Default ANI for sending SMS messages (Enter your Twilio purchased number)
- Save your configuration
Let's test SMS
Now it's time to test the service.
Next, on your Windows App type in a number on your Vodia App then press the SMS chat icon to send the SMS to the recipient.