Rebtel Spins Out Sinch, With $12M In Funding, To Offer Communications Tools To Developers

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Rebtel, Sweden’s smaller answer to Skype, has just infused $12 million into a new spun out company called Sinch, aimed at making communications tools accessible to mobile developers for any app.

Not unlike Layer or Twilio, Sinch offers developers tools to add in messaging and voice calls inside their iOS or Android app for what the company describes as “a fraction of the cost of competitors.”

Because Sinch can leverage the licensing deals and partnerships already in place through Rebtel, the company can lower pricing on things that are traditionally more expensive, such as call termination.

For app to app calling and instant messaging, pricing is based on the number of active users and the number of minutes or messages used. For app to phone calling and SMS, the price is based on a per-minute or per-SMS cost. In either case, it’s lower than Twilio’s price and offers features that…

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