Origin-Based Pricing for European destinations

Effective 08/01/2016, Twilio will introduce origin-based pricing for Programmable Voice and Elastic SIP Trunking to many destinations in Europe. This price change reflects recent developments in the market. This update will automatically be applied to your account, starting with your August statement.

What is Origin-Based Pricing?

Origin-based pricing is the concept that calls to the same destination have different prices depending on where each call comes from. For example, a programmable voice call to a mobile number in France might cost $0.05 per minute if called from a French number, but cost $0.125 per minute if called from a US number. Origin is determined by the caller ID of the call whether it be configured in the API, PBX, or Twilio's Console via SIP Trunking.

Why is this happening?

Many telecom networks in Europe impose surcharges for traffic originating from certain locations. Often times, these surcharges are many multiples of the actual underlying rate. Although the details and applicability for each country and network varies, generally calls from outside Europe into Europe will be more expensive than calls within Europe.

How does this affect me?

Historically, Twilio has charged the same rate to call a particular destination regardless of where the call originated. However, for calls to certain European destinations, we have implemented  origin-based pricing. For Twilio customers, the origin will be determined by the caller ID information sent when placing the call (Programmable Voice & Elastic SIP Trunking).

Which Countries fall under "EEA"?

In countries where origin-based pricing has been implemented, new routes were created to account for call origination. As such route names will generally end in ‘from EEA’ and ‘from US/CA’. The countries that fall into these various categories are listed in the table below. Also specific origin prefixes can be downloaded from our Voice pricing and SIP Trunking pricing pages.

Categories

Included Countries

EEA

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom

US/CA

United States and Canada, but excludes Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and other ‘+1’ countries

Grp A

France, Hungary, and Portugal

Grp B

Austria, Italy, and Poland

Grp C

Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, and Lithuania

What else do we need to know?

Unfortunately, the Pricing API accessible through https://pricing.twilio.com/ will not be updated for this pricing structure change until later in the year. Until we fix this, the Pricing API will not be accurate for calls to the destinations with origin-based pricing. The price returned by the API will generally be the higher “rest of world” price.

 

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