Cloud communications provider Twilio has added global SMS capabilities, a feature the company said is something its customers have been clamoring for. Twilio developers can now send and receive SMS worldwide to over 150 countries and more than 1,000 carriers.

It also added SMS support for more languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Greek, Russian and dozens of others.

These features use the existing API, so no additional coding is required to use them.

“By adding support for multiple languages with the inclusion of the unicode character set, we are opening up opportunities for many locales to use Twilio SMS,” said Twilio CEO and co-founder Jeff Lawson. “It’s very gratifying to be able to ship this to our developers who have been requesting this functionality – now we can’t wait to see what they build.”

Some of what users are doing with Twilio will be unveiled and discussed at TwilioCon, a three-day conference for all things Twilio, that kicks off October 16 in San Francisco.

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