Using TextIt with a Local Number

While TextIt is an amazing tool for building SMS apps, it's not very valuable if you can't use it in your country. Over the course of the last several years, we've deployed many custom SMS systems in various countries in Africa. It was during these projects that we recognized the need for not only a flexible application workflow tool but one that can be easily deployed anywhere in the world.

There's a number of ways you can use TextIt with a local number in your country. The most popular of which is simply using an inexpensive, off-the-shelf, Android phone to send the messages for you. They can be had for around $90 and you can hook them up to your TextIt account in one step, and that's it. There's no step two. Your TextIt account is now live. It's hard to overstate the value of getting started this quickly. Not only do you get to do away with expensive and lengthly carrier integrations, you get to start experimenting right away. Learning what works, what doesn't, and how to move forward is the hallmark of effective programs. This means you get to stop guessing and start measuring even when you are just getting started with the idea phase of your project.

This isn't just for pilots either. Using an Android phone with TextIt is a proven, rugged, and reliable solution that large organizations are already using to send thousands of messages for their programs.

That's great, but how does it scale?

Nobody wants a solution that will only work at low-scale. While TextIt is already built to push millions of messages, the tricky part is how the last mile is configured. Using an Android phone will work for the vast majority of projects over their lifetime. It's even possible to use several phones in the same country to increase message throughput if necessary.

However, some of our customers require very high volumes. Thankfully, TextIt can grow with you. When the time is right, your account can be migrated over to use a local aggregator or even a direct connection with the carriers in your country.

Find out more by reading the TextIt Deployment Guide.