QuickText Simple SMS is an add-on built for groups and teams. It is perfect for project teams, sports teams, construction crews or any other “team” that needs to communicate.
Users create a team of users by providing a list of contact names and phone numbers. The contacts are sent an invite to the team and once they accept they become team members. QuickText then allows users to send what they call a broadcast message to all their team members.
QuickText Simple SMS allows users unlimited message sending during the trial period.
FLASH SMS is an add-on built to use Google Sheets to sync with an android smartphone to send SMS message campaigns. Users provide a list of phone numbers and messages they wish to send. The add-on then syncs with the FLASH SMS app and sends the SMS from the user’s own phone number. The strength of FLASH SMS is that the message comes from the user’s own number rather than a third party number supplied by an SMS API like Twlio. This means that SMS messaging fees will be charged to your mobile carrier rather than another 3rd party service.
The main downside to FLASH SMS is that it does require the user install the Google Play app on their android smartphones and there is currently no iPhone support as there is no no app available on the App Store.
MSG91 is a competitor to Twilio in the cloud communication platform with an API built for SMS, Email and more. The Google Sheets Add On is built by the same developers as FLASH SMS above. Like other sms add ons, users provide a list of phone numbers and messages they wish to send. The main difference between MSG91 and FLASH SMS though is when it comes to sending SMS messages. With MSG91, SMS messages are sent using the MSG91 API rather than a user’s phone’s built in messaging capability.
The main downside to MSG91 is that it does require the user to go get themselves and API Key from MSG91.
Toky is another competitor with Twilio in the cloud communication platform with an API built for Programmable Voice, SMS and MMS. The Google Sheets Add On integrates directly with the Toky API. With a clean user interface, users provide a list of phone numbers and messages they wish to send and Toky takes care of the rest of the work
The main downside to Toky is that it does require an expensive paid plan even for a single toll-free number but Toky also integrates with several other platforms like SalesForce and HubSpot.
SMS Flow is a straight forward Google Sheet add-in. Users provide a sheet with a message and phone numbers and use a Sheet function to send the message. With SMS Flow, SMS messages are sent using the Twilio API which will need to be purchased from www.twilio.com. The good news there is that Twilio is one of the largest and most trusted providers of all purpose cloud communication platforms.
The main downside to SMW Flow is that it is a barebones implementation without many bells and whistles but it is buoyed by the Twilio API which is known for its reliability.