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.
From Ting Interactive:
FREE TEXTING, FREE PICTURE MESSAGING, FREE PHONE CALLING, FREE PHONE NUMBER, AND FREE 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!UNLIMITED CALLS TO USA AND CANADAMake unlimited free phone calls to any phone number in the US & Canada!LOW-COST & FREE INTERNATIONAL CALLINGAdd money or earn free money by completing offers to your account and make low-cost international callsTURN 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:
- Improved battery usage- Other bug fixes and improvements.
The app it's self is fantastic i've been with the service since it first came out.The fact that they give you your own number to have your friends and family be able to call you on your ipod for free is Amazing but the other cool feature they offer is voicemail that you can record your own voice on for the msg. or use the Ai.voice if you don't want to use your own.
The only thing that i wish they offered and this is what i don't understand? Is they should also offer a home version,So when you get home you can use your pc or laptop as your phone & texting service? I mean they already have the texting service so you can text from your computer at home but they don't have the phone calling ability so you can receive and place calls from your computer? :-/ and that's the part i don't understand?,like why not give that service to your customers as well? it's not like you would need much to make the existing service compatible with your @ home computer is it? Anyway other then that this service is great and so is there Tech. people and the CEO. which i had the pleasure of speaking with when i first came aboard and was having problems with the service. Which was corrected the very next day.:-) So like i said if you don't have this service then your missing out on a great company that offers free txting,calling all 100% for free!!! Get Yours Now!!!
This is a great service that they offer 100% for free no strings attached and you get your own personal number for your friends and family to call you on & text you to as well as picture and voice messages,you also get voice mail that you can setup with your own voice message so your friends & family know it's you there leaving the message with.And you can also if you wish get call fwding with your service but you do have to pay for that but it's very reasonable and it works to any number you want to call fwd to:-) So if your looking for a phone service that has all these wonderful features that is totally free of charge except for the things i've mentioned above, Then this service is for you.So go ahead CHECK IT OUT!! what have you got to lose? Except your friends and family that are trying to get in touch with you? ENJOY!!! Cause i know you will.
Hey I too have been a very satisfied user of text now; I just wanted to say hey I read your comment you posted. I think you did a great job very informative and yeah I agree they should have that available for our laptops n home pc's. who knows maybe we all should band together n send them a friendly request, I figure that if it had a whole wack-load of signatures it may happen.( & if so it may happen quickly) anyways just wanted to say great comment.(people deserve compliments, and we should all give em a lil more) Cheers