Introduction to Channels

Channels allow you to send and receive messages or phone calls through your TextIt account. You can connect as many channels to your account as you want. Visit our deployment page for additional information on channels. 

Channel Types


Available channel types include Aggregators (SMS & Voice), Android Phone (SMS), Facebook Messenger, the TextIt Surveyor Android app, Telegram and Twitter. We're always looking to add channels, so feel free to recommend one to support@textit.in. 

Aggregator (SMS & Voice)


Aggregators are services that process messages across multiple carriers with exceptional speed and efficiency. They provide virtual mobile numbers and short codes that are easily connected to your TextIt account through an API integration.

Examples of aggregators include, but are certainly not limited to:

Throughput


Throughput is the speed of the messages sent by your channel, measured in messages/second. For example, with toll-free Twilio numbers, throughput is 3 text messages/second, whereas standard virtual numbers send 1 message/second. . 

Adding Aggregators


We're always extending our network of local aggregators. If you don't see an option for your country, let us know. We'd be happy to help source a local aggregator that we can integrate with TextIt for your country.

Voice 


See our IVR docs for more info. 

Nonprofit Discount:

Twilio.org offers $500 in credit and a 25% discount to nonprofit organizations who can furnish a determination letter.

Android Phone


TextIt's proprietary channel, an Android Phone channel uses our free Android app to turn your phone into a message relayer for your TextIt account. When your TextIt account sends a message, it notifies your Android phone. The phone will then send the message out from your local number on your behalf. If somebody responds to that message, the phone will then relay that message to your TextIt account. You can send up to 330 messages/hour by downloading our free message packs from the Google Play Store. 

Ideal for those who:
  • Wish to send messages immediately 
  • Are developing a service that isn't expected to send more than 330 messages per hour
  • Wish to deploy in a country where virtual mobile numbers and short codes aren't available or feasible. 
Click here to view our setup guide. 

Bulk Sending:

This channel option is ideal for Android channel deployments that need to send more than 330 messages per hour. It entails creating and connecting a Nexmo account to your TextIt account. With bulk sending enabled, Nexmo handle your outbound messages while maintaining your Android phone's sender ID, and your Android phone will handle incoming messages.

Click here for information about Nexmo's performance in your country. 

Click here to view our guide to enabling bulk sending.

External API

The External API channel allows you to send and receive messages via external providers (those not already listed when adding a channel). This could be an external chat/messaging service or an aggregator not already listed (though we're happy to integrate with aggregators for a commitment of 100,000 or more credits). 

For example, if you want to leverage the automation TextIt provides through an external service, you could write hooks for your system and connect them through your external API. TextIt would then send and receive messages on via the external service.

As long as your contacts have the URN type your channel is configured to correspond with, we'll send outgoing messages using the endpoint you configure.

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