Get Started With Twilio and Purchase Phone Numbers
Get started with Twilio by opening an account and purchasing your new phone number(s). Twilio is a bridge between the Internet and the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and sells phone numbers in most local cities in the USA and Canada (typically $1/month). The Twilio experience is much like shopping on Amazon, except phone numbers are purchased. A credit card is required to use Twilio.
Step Two – Create an UberSmartPhone (USP) Account
After the get started with Twilio step is completed, the next step is to create an account on UberSmartPhone (USP). During the UberSmartPhone (USP) account setup, the user is prompted for the Twilio AccountSid and AuthToken. These two pieces of information are displayed on the Twilio account home page. There is a hide/show button next to the AuthToken that is used to see this information.
Link UberSmartPhone (USP) and the Twilio Account
Once the get started with Twilio step is finished and an UberSmartPhone (USP) Account has been created, open the Twilio account in one web browser window and the UberSmartPhone (USP) account in another. Double click the AccountSid shown on the Twilio home page to select it and then press CNTL-C to copy. Then click on the AccountSid box on the UberSmartPhone (USP) account and press CNTL-V to paste. Repeat for the AuthToken and click Save.
Provision a Phone Number on a Smartphone
UberSmartPhone (USP) will then query Twilio about the phone numbers and let the user decide which Twilio phone number(s) are to be under UberSmartPhone (USP) control. For the assigned phone numbers, a PIN number is displayed on the UberSmartPhone (USP) console home page. To provision the Twilio phone number on any smartphone in the USA or Canada, “text msg” this PIN to the Twilio phone number. A link to the dialer is returned which can be saved on the smartphone’s home screen for single click access.
There are further options for each phone assigned phone number accessible by clicking the pencil icon. The “friendly name” is what is displayed by call display services when outbound calls are being made.