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Sure, they may only cost 10 cents a pop, but any parent of a teenager knows that text messages add up fast, creating a very large bill at the end of the cycle. Text Free with Textfree aims to lessen your phone bill with free texting and free calls, but its main selling points failed to actually work.
To begin, Textfree asks if it can have access to your contacts. From there, you'll have to create an account, which will require you to create a username and password, and enter your age, gender, and e-mail. After that, it'll ask if it can access your current location, then you'll have to choose a number. (Don't worry; this won't change your actual phone number.) Unintuitive buttons reside across the top of the screen, and we had to tap each one to figure out its purpose. There's a Favorites option for your favorite contacts, a Recents feature for your most recent calls, a Contacts feature, and a Keypad for making calls. The banner ad was really annoying at the bottom of the screen. The app does give you the option of hiding all ads, but it'll cost you -- $5.99, to be exact. And while the app is indeed free, you are limited in how long you can talk. Textfree gives you nine minutes to chat away, but you can buy minutes if you need more time. The app claims to turn your iPod Touch into a phone, but we tested it on our iPhone 4, with dismal results. We were able to place a call using our new number, and while our recipient received the call, he heard only silence on his end. On our end, the phone just kept ringing. And here's the kicker: While the program's main focus is on free texts, we couldn't, for the life of us, figure out how to send a text. A large, blank, white screen appeared and tapping on it didn't get us anywhere. A pencil and paper icon, which seemed to be the most obvious location for writing a text, only took us to our contacts where selecting one attempted to place another failed call.
If you're looking for a cheaper way, other than iMessage, to send SMS text messages, we recommend you skip Text Free with Textfree and look for an app that lives up to its promise.
"The fastest, most reliable and easiest to use." - New York Times The original free texting app now with a fresh new look. Get a free real phone number and send unlimited free texts.UNLIMITED FREE TEXTS PLUS CALL ANY PHONEWith Textfree you get free unlimited text messaging plus calling to any phone, including landlines and non-smartphones, in the US and Canada. Your friends dont need Textfree to receive--they dont even need to have a smartphone.REAL PHONE NUMBER INCLUDEDYou get your own real phone number. Call and SMS any number in the US and Canada, even if you dont have a calling plan.INCOMING CALLS ALWAYS FREE; EARN MINUTES FOR FREE OUTBOUND CALLS Incoming calls from anyone, anywhere in the world are always free. Plus make free or cheap calls to anyone in the US and Canada. You get 10 free minutes to start. Earn minutes for additional free outbound calls. And if you run out of minutes, it's easy to buy them super cheap.ALSO AVAILABLE IN iTUNES Get 60 minutes of free outbound calling when you download our premium app called Textfree EX. Was 99c, now free for a limited time!TURN YOUR iPOD TOUCH INTO A PHONE Give your new number to friends so they can text and call you. Calls on WiFi sound better than any mobile. GREAT WHEN YOURE TRAVELING ABROAD Download Textfree and send free texts from anywhere in the world as long as you have a data connection. Find free WiFi at your hotel, a restaurant, even on a train. Why pay for expensive roaming charges when you can SMS free!TEXT TO OVER 35 COUNTRIES For a list of countries you can text to, visit: http://r.pinger.com/text-intlBETTER THAN THOSE MESSENGER APPS Textfree works with ANY phone: smart phone, basic phone, even a land line. Even if they dont have Textfree. Call or text your grandmothers non-smartphone in Minneapolis--FREE. Call a restaurant and make reservations--FREE. Text a friend in Dallas or Toronto as much as you want--FREE. TRY BUZZWORDS, OUR SMART-TEXTING TECHNOLOGY Buzzwords links certain words in your texts to cool, helpful or hilarious info on the Web. Tap the word and Textfree will instantly open the content within the app. The word movie will link to listings of local movie times and reviews. LOL will link to the funniest videos and pics on the Web.NO NEED FOR MULTIPLE TEXTING & CALLING APPS Now you dont need to know what messenger apps your friends use. Textfree does it all. Your texts are 100% free. Pics are 100% free. Incoming calls and calls to anyone on Textfree are 100% free. Earn free minutes for outbound calls to any phone in the US and Canada, or buy em real cheap. Its that simple.TEXTFREE IS MORE THAN A MESSENGER When your friends have Textfree, talking and texting gets even better. And you and your friends get unlimited free calls (talk as long as you like) and unlimited free texts (goodbye 160 character limit!) to and from one another, anywhere in the world.PACKED WITH ADDITIONAL FEATURES Get a free second line for your phone Group texting: send to multiple friends Send hi-res pics to anyone on AT&T, Boost, Sprint, T-mobile, Verizon and Virgin Call anyone in US and Canada Customize your voicemail greeting Know the instant someone reads your texts Use your own pictures as wallpaper Facebook contact photo sync Never miss a call or message Block numbers, if needed Zillions of ringtones and text tones Connect via Bluetooth if youre on an iPhone Log in securely from any deviceOTHER IMPORTANT INFO Emergency calls are not supported Textfree is ad-supported, so you will see ads from time to time Your friends not on Textfree pay regular charges for texts and pics--nothing extra When not on WiFi, Textfree uses your carrier data connection. Contact your carrier for details of your data plan.TEXT FROM THE WEB pinger.com/tfwCONNECT WITH US facebook.com/pinger twitter.com/pinger
What's new in this version:
Textfree 7.2 Improved voice calling quality Notifications fixes Fixes to address crashes Overall application performance improvementsThank you for making Textfree: #1 free app in Social Networking! #3 free app in the iTunes App Store!