Twilio’s new ‘Programmable Wireless’ program returns control of the IoT to developers

Twilio’s new ‘Programmable Wireless’ program returns control of the IoT to developers

The ‘Internet of Things’ can be equal parts terrifying and wonderful, but almost always relies on Wi-Fi to connect its various components. Twilio is hoping to change that with a new program that offers developers the chance to bring 3G cellular connectivity to the home.

Announced today at it’s SIGNAL developers conference in San Francisco, Programmable Wireless starts with a Twilio SIM card. Billing is based on usage, too; pricing starts at $2 per SIM/month, and data charges can be as low as $0.10 per MB measured across devices.

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SIM cards also work with Twilio’s voice and SMS features.

Programmable Wireless also has a network partner. T-Mobile is helping encourage the IoT along, and says “by partnering

with Twilio to deliver these capabilities to Twilio’s vast developer network, we support developers in building the cellular-connected solutions of tomorrow.”

In addition to a SIM card, there’s a new Devices API that lets developers provision SIM cards within applications. It can help users control activation, usage and bandwidth limits.

Developers are getting a preview of Programmable Wireless today at SIGNAL, and Twilio hopes to roll it out widely in Q4 2016.

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