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Text Free: Texting App + SMS for iOS

By Pinger Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 9, 2012

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.30

We never stop working to make your Textfree experience better. It's pretty much all we do. For the past couple weeks, we worked to make the app faster and more reliable for you. And gosh darn it, that's what we're gonna keep doing.

If you're enjoying our app, feel free to leave us a review. Good or bad, we love reading them and any feedback helps us make Textfree better for everyone. Thanks.

General

Release October 10, 2017
Date Added October 10, 2017
Version 9.30

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 35,772
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Textfree gives you a real US phone number so you can text or call anyone, even if they don't have the app. Textfree uses your data or Wi-Fi connection to keep you in touch with friends and family all over the globe--and with features like group messaging, picture messaging, international texting & calling, emoji, stickers and voicemail, it's the only messaging app you'll ever need. All for free. YOU CAN'T BEAT THE ORIGINAL. Textfree was the first free texting app in the app store. True story. Since 2009, Textfree has helped millions of people stay connected with friends and family. Since then, a lot of new and nifty features were added, but one thing's always remained the same--Textfree is the fastest, most reliable and easiest to use texting app out there. SEND UNLIMITED FREE TEXTS & REAL MMS PICTURE MESSAGES. With Textfree you get free SMS texting, totally free and unlimited. And now, Textfree is the first free texting app enabled with real MMS picture messaging just like a carrier phone - no strange looking links. That means you can send picture messages to all your friends, even if they don't have Textfree. REAL PHONE NUMBER INCLUDED. Not many free texting apps let you choose a real phone number. But having your own local phone number means you can call your grandma's landline, order a pizza, SMS any number, and of course, hit up all your friends, even if they don't have a smartphone. TEXT FREE WITH GROUP MESSAGES. Textfree is the perfect free texting app for group messaging with all your contacts. You can create groups, leave groups, add participants and let everyone be part of the conversation. FREE CALLING. Free calling has never been better. Textfree-to-Textfree calling and any incoming calls are always free. Outbound calling minutes are easy to earn or super cheap to buy. Who doesn't love free calling? TURN ANY DEVICE INTO A PHONE. No phone? No Problem. Text free has you covered. Textfree turns your iPod or iPad into a phone, so you can text and call for free. Plus, calls sound great over Wi-Fi. OPTIONAL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Reserve Number ($4.99 monthly) - Keep your number from expiring (normally we reclaim in active numbers after 30-days). Voicemail-To-Text ($4.99 monthly) - Get your voicemails transcribed and sent as a text message so you can read it at your convenience. Remove Ads ($2.99 monthly) - This one, well, you get the idea. Subscriptions are automatically billed monthly to your iTunes Account and auto-renew. You can manage your subscriptions in the App Store's Account Settings. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. See our privacy policy and terms of use: http://www.pinger.com/privacy-policy/. OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF. Emergency calls are not supported. Textfree is ad-supported. When roaming, additional carrier data charges may apply. Contact your carrier for details. If your contacts aren't on Textfree, they might have to pay regular carrier charges for texts and pictures. Choose ringtones and text tones. Free texting to the US and 30+ countries. For a list of those countries visit: https://pinger. zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203621654. COPYRIGHT. 2017 Pinger, Inc. All rights reserved. The Textfree name, associated trademarks and logos are trademarks of Pinger, Inc. or related entities.