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TextNow - Unlimited Text + Calls for iOS

By Ting Interactive Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Nov 10, 2017

TextNow lets you send unlimited messages and make infinite phone calls within the U.S. and Canada for free over Wi-Fi.

Pros

Free: As long as you're willing to overlook a few ads at the bottom of the screen, TextNow is free. You can pay to remove the ads, but they're not intrusive enough to warrant the additional cost.

Customization: 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.

Cons

Annoyingly long setup: Captcha verification is understandable to prevent spam bots, but when the verification process goes on too long, the cost-benefit ratio seems unfavorable.

Free within U.S. & Canada only: You can only make complimentary calls within the U.S. and Canada. You can, however, make low-cost international calls by adding money or earning free money by completing offers.

Obnoxious in-text notification: When you text someone who isn't using the app, they'll receive the notification "Sent free from TextNow.com," along with the message. Talk about free advertising.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.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for an app to help you 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 impacting your calling or texting time.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.10.0

Bug fixes and stability improvements

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 8.10.0

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 66,410
Downloads Last Week 36
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Developer's Description

FREE TEXTING, FREE PICTURE MESSAGING, FREE PHONE CALLING, FREE PHONE NUMBER, AND FREE VOICEMAIL. DEDICATED PHONE NUMBER. Give your friends your very own phone number. UNLIMITED TEXT AND PICTURE MESSAGING. You can send as many texts and picture messages as you want - FREE. UNLIMITED CALLS TO USA AND CANADA. Make unlimited free phone calls to any phone number in the US & Canada. LOW-COST & FREE INTERNATIONAL CALLING. Add money or earn free money by completing offers to your account and make low-cost international calls. TURN YOUR IPOD OR IPAD INTO A PHONE. Works on your iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone. IS 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 users. PEOPLE 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, we'd 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, MacRumors. I 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. TextNow offers the following subscriptions: Premium 1 month: $2.99 USD. Premium 1 year: $29.99 USD. Your TextNow Premium subscription will automatically renew at the end of each term and your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings but refunds will not be provided for the unused portion of the term. Privacy policy: https://www.textnow.com/privacy. Terms of use: https://www.textnow.com/terms.