When I saw three new SMS APIs, Kinross, Oventus & Txttools added to our index I thought that I might as well dive into this telephony area a little more deeply. A few minutes of clicking and I learned just how ignorant I was about this space. My previous understanding of the texting service provider arena was based on limited exposure. I had only heard of Tropo & Twilio and I assumed that they were the main players with other SMS sites simply wrapping around them. It seems that just the opposite is true, and that there is a lot of fragmentation in this area.
In this interview we talk with Thomas Howe, winner of the O'Reilly Media and StrikeIron ETel 2007 Mashup Contest with his application After Hours Doctor's Office. He developed this inventive and useful application on top of a variety of web service APIs including the StrikeIron SMS Pro API, the Amazon Mechanical Turk API and the Tellme service.
Vonage today announced that it is acquiring communications platform-as-a-service provider Nexmo in a cash and stock deal valued at $230 million. Nexmo counts some 350 customers and over 100,000 registered developers, and says that it is processing 5 billion API calls every year.