Cloud telco Nexmo saw its network traffic double in 2014

Nexmo, a telecom carrier that offers communications services from the cloud, had quite the 2014 as it saw the calls to various APIs double. Like its larger and better-known rival Twilio, Nexmo sells access to voice, SMS and other old-school telco services to developers, which they can embed into their apps and websites with only a few lines of code.

Nexmo, which has raised about $22.8 million in its three-year lifespan, started out as an SMS specialist, and the humble text message remains its core business today. It saw 2.8 billion calls to its communications APIs in 2014, up from 1.4 billion in 2013, but the vast majority of those calls tapped its texting capabilities. For example, it ships SMS confirmations, alerts and booking notices to both Airbnb tenants and landlords.

But it launched its voice API last February so developers could trigger phone calls from their apps as well as provision virtual phone numbers in the cloud. While 97 percent of Nexmo’s revenues came from SMS in 2013, voice now accounts for 15 percent of its revenue, and it’s growing quickly, the company told me (Nexmo isn’t revealing its total revenue numbers, though).

While most of Nexmo’s customers tend to be smaller operations, it has some big fish clients like Airbnb, WeChat, Viber, Expedia, and Chinese internet giant Alibaba. In the last year it’s also signed up cosmetics giant L’Oreal and car-sharing service Zipcar as well as few clients you wouldn’t normally think of as developers: the Centers for Disease Control and the United Nations.

Snapchat’s $10B value proves ephemeral messaging is here to stay

Snapchat’s new round of financing, which values the company at somewhere close to $10 billion, is more proof that it has tapped into a powerful need on the part of many users — namely, the desire to have their messages disappear rather than being permanent

How to deregister your phone number from iMessage and get your texts back

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There’s finally a way out of the iMessage abyss. If you’ve ever switched from an iPhone to another type of smartphone, there’s a good chance you had difficulty removing your phone number from iMessage, which meant that text messages sent to your number could disappear forever. There was even a class action lawsuit about it. On Sunday, Apple quietly introduced a new page to its website that lets you deregister a phone number from iMessage, even if you no longer have your original iPhone. It’s easy — all you have to do is plug in a code that Apple texts to you. You can find the form on Apple’s website here.

Cosmos Browser uses SMS to provide web access without Wi-Fi or mobile broadband

In regions without mobile broadband, or where it’s still too expensive to have a data plan, other ways to connect to the web are always welcome. Say hello to Cosmos Browser, which provides web access using SMS so that you can view web pages without using Wi-Fi or even a lowly 2G network. Using Cosmos on Android, you enter a web address which is sent to back-end servers through a text message. The servers strip out CSS and JavaScript from the content at that URL, compress the information and sends it back via SMS. The host app then decompresses the site info and renders the HTML. Clever!