We’ve cut our rates for the two-way SMS feature on Aculab Cloud.
The new rates are as follows:
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These rates are effective immediately. To take advangage of these rates you will need to upgrade to a production account, purchase a telephone number that supports SMS via the Aculab Cloud portal, and make sure the “enable-SMS” feature is selected. Rates for inbound SMS (all above countries) remain at $0.012, and outbound rates for USA/Canada remain at $0.009
If you need any assistance in using our SMS API then a good starting point is this page in the documentation area of the cloud website, SMS introduction
If you would like email assistance then please contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can offer SMS short codes in New Zealand that have direct connection to the New Zealand mobile operators for use with your Aculab cloud application. Our SMS gateway supports one way or two way traffic, for bulk outbound (MT) messaging and applications where return path to receive messages from your customers (MO) is required.
Due to the continued success of the Aculab Cloud platform, we have been able to negotiate better deals with our inbound and outbound providers. As a result, and to follow on from the previously announced outbound PSTN call cost reductions, we can now offer you number rentals starting at $1 per number per month (previously $3). Continue reading
Did you know that Aculab Cloud has the ability to support toll free numbers in forty countries worldwide?
That’s pretty extensive for a cloud telecom API platform, some of which only support a handful of countries. So if you have an application that would benefit your customers by having toll free inbound calling capability, and you need to roll it out across Europe, the US or Asia, then keep reading.
We are pleased to announce we have recently expanded our text to speech (TTS) capabilities by the addition of a third TTS engine choice – from IVONA Software.
With the addition of IVONA TTS, we are able to offer many more language options for developers. Here is a list of what is currently available:
- UK English
- US English
- Welsh English
- Australian English
- Indian English
- Canadian French
- Brazilian Portuguese
- US Spanish
The TTS documentation page gives further detail on choosing and using a TTS voice, including a link to a tool that will play samples of the voices available for a particular language or gender allowing a comparison to be made.
More voices are in the pipeline from IVONA. Take a look at their website to see what’s coming. If you don’t see the language you need then let us know.
If you know your way around writing code for websites, then you’ll have no trouble in getting to know our REST API. We currently offer a range of telephony functionalities, including placing and answering voice calls, playing and recording audio, speaking with text-to-speech, capturing telephone keypad entry, menus and conference calls. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer the G.729 codec for use with our UAS APIs to customers who have a requirement for it.
The default codec for the Aculab Cloud platform is G.711, which uses 64kbit/s upstream/downstream rates to transmit the voice signals to/from the end user. G.711 is the default codec for the PSTN, and also for SIP-based phone systems. There are, however, tens if not hundreds of other voice codecs in existence, and G.729 is just one of them.
G.729 uses a higher compression ratio than G.711, using by default an 8kbit/s upstream/downstream transmission rate to convey the voice signal. Going back a few years, when internet bandwidths to businesses were more limited than today, it was important to use highly compressed voice signals to maximise the usage of the low rate links. Nowadays, these bandwidth restrictions have been alleviated, so in the majority of cases, there is no reason to select any other voice codec than G.711. But if you need it – we have it! Just let us know and we’ll sort it for you.
The G.729 codec was added following a request from an existing customer. We are always interested to hear your feedback on what features you would like to see supported on the platform. Get in touch if you have an idea
We also suggested you tuned in for more information about WebRTC and how it might be embraced by the telecoms industry. Well as the Bard (nearly) wrote, “Read on Macduff!” Continue reading