Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.
TextNow lets you text message and make phone calls at no cost using a wireless connection. It also provides the benefit of being able to call and text your contacts using the app's communication platform if you're in an area with a Wi-Fi connection but no cell signal.
Free service: As long as you're willing to tolerate a few ads at the bottom of the screen, TextNow is totally free. Although you can pay to have the ads removed, they're not intrusive enough to really warrant the additional cost.
Customization: Because you can set a wallpaper for your conversations using photos in your image library as well as customize your sound notification options for messaging sessions, you can make each text conversation a slightly different experience.
In-text notification: When you text someone who isn't using the app, they receive along with the text message the notification "Sent free from TextNow.com."
Random phone number: This app doesn't text or make calls from your regular phone number, which means that if your contact information doesn't show up when you text your friends who use the app, you will have to identify yourself. Moreover, although the app is supposed to assign you a random phone number from any area code you choose, during our testing it assigned a phone number from outside the area code requested.
If you're looking for an app through which you can communicate with your contacts for free, TextNow certainly hits the mark. The fun customization options and easy-to-ignore advertising make it a great way to lower your monthly phone bill without lowering your calling or texting time.
FREE TEXTING, PICTURE MESSAGING, CALLING, AND VOICEMAILDEDICATED PHONE NUMBERGive your friends your very own phone number. UNLIMITED TEXT AND PICTURE MESSAGINGYou can send as many texts and picture messages as you want - FREE!TURN YOUR IPOD OR IPAD INTO A PHONEWorks on your iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhoneIS IT REALLY FREE?There is no catch. No yearly or monthly fees! It is completely free!HOW CAN ALL OF THIS BE FREE?The app comes with a few ads. If you don't like ads, you can purchase a subscription to remove them.OTHER AWESOME STUFF- Customize the look and feel of the app- Tons of wallpaper, color schemes, and ringtones to choose from- Use your own pics as wallpaper- Customize your own voicemail greeting- Make your own signature- Super fast- Bluetooth support for iPhone usersPEOPLE WHO LOVE TEXTNOW"If you want an unlimited texting without the high priced carrier based texting plans, then Textnow is the app for you." 4/5 rating --AppAdvice"anyone needing an unlimited number of texts, wed recommend TextNow as our app of choice" --AppAddict"Just as fast sending/receiving as regular texts for me (including people who don't have the app)." -tbm248, MacRumorsI CAN'T FIND MY AREA CODE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?Functionally, it makes no difference which area code you pick. As long as your friends are in the USA, they will not be charged any long distance.
What's new in this version:
- Added an easy to way upgrade to the new version TextNow without signing in again
- Added the TextNow Wireless store inside the app
- Bug fixes