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Sendbird vs. Twilio:
A head-to-head comparison

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Sendbird — complete in-app

Sendbird specializes in real-time chat and messaging for websites and mobile apps with a client-side SDK for iOS, Android, JavaScript, .NET, React Native, and Unity, as well as an out-of-the-box configurable UI.

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Twilio — a leader in SMS

Twilio has built a large business around SMS. One area they haven't prioritized is in-app chat. Perhaps because it's a free and more reliable alternative to SMS and they depend on their SMS revenue. We can only guess.


Twilio has announced end of life for Programmable Chat as a stand-alone product — further confirmation that in-app chat isn’t a priority for them. Contact us to learn how Sendbird can help you build the rich in-app chat experience your customers expect.

Trusted by the world’s most popular apps

The apps that hundreds of millions of users rely on every day are built on Sendbird.




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At Sendbird,

we believe in-app chat, not SMS, is the future of user engagement for digital-first and mobile-first companies. We took a hard and – we promise – honest look at both products and put together a straightforward feature comparison to give you just the facts.

When you put Sendbird and Twilio head-to-head, Sendbird wins on scalability, advanced messaging features, moderation, translation capabilities, and more.

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Why Sendbird is the only Twilio alternative

If the priority is providing the best possible chat experience for your end users, Sendbird is the clear choice over Twilio.

Out-of-the-box modern messaging
Pro features to fit your needs
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Security and compliance

Years of in-house security and compliance expertise.

  • All communication to and from Sendbird servers is encrypted using
  • TLSv1.3/SSL with authentication devices for the client- and server-side.
  • All files are saved with AES256 encryption in our private cloud and access is tightly restricted.
  • Sendbird conducts regular third-party penetration testing to proactively ensure security and address potential vulnerabilities.
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Trusted and battle-tested for enterprise-grade performance and global scale.

  • Global reach – high-availability data centers across 8 global regions.
  • High concurrency – millions of concurrent connections per app.
  • White glove support
    • 24/7 Level-based support
    • Emergency hotline
    • Slack support
    • Customer success manager
    • Quarterly business reviews
  • Custom setups
    • IP whitelisting
    • Dedicated servers
    • Public static IP
    • Custom pricing

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