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TextNow - free text + calls for Android

By Enflick Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 10, 2014

TextNow is a well-designed messaging app that enables you to communicate with friends by using a working phone number. This program is truly free to use and using it is very easy, but we noticed that occasional performance issues may occur during operation.

Pros

Prompt and reliable: We sent texts and pictures easily using TextNow's contact retrieval tool, which we found to be incredibly thorough. Our messages were sent and received in real time, phone calls always connected, and voice was processed without any noticeable delay or clarity issues.

Excellent value: Sending text messages costs nothing with this service, and you will see that TextNow has made earning credits for phone calls an easy and entertaining process. We believe the amount of credits earned from each offer is very fair.

Personalized options: You not only have access to a custom recorded voicemail client with this application, but TextNow also gives you features such as wallpapers and signatures, providing a better experience. The Facebook and Twitter tools worked great during our tests, quickly connecting us with friends.

Cons

Audio issues: During a few phone calls, we observed a faint static-like noise on our side of the call. This was not a large distraction, but because calls rely on credits and have some value, you may be unsatisfied with this phenomenon.

Bottom Line

TextNow is one of the truly free applications on the market that is worth downloading. The fast and uncomplicated tools, in addition to the easy-to-earn credits, make using this program a breeze. We only suggest TextNow include more special features like the games and images hosted by Kik. Anyone needing free communication will love using TextNow.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0.1.0

- TextNow is refreshing our look! In this release we're packing in a new app icon, new logo, and a new default theme color for you to enjoy, with the same great service under the hood.

General

Release November 13, 2018
Date Added November 13, 2018
Version 6.0.1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,613
Downloads Last Week 5
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Developer's Description

Local US or Canada Phone number

Give your friends your very own phone number they can call!

Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging

You can send as many text messages as you want to US & Canada - FREE!

Unlimited Calling to USA and Canada

Make unlimited free phone calls to any phone number in the US & Canada!

Cheap International Calling

Add money or earn free money by completing offers to your account and make low-cost international calls

Features:

- Make and receive voice calls

- Emojis, stickers and gifs

- Full picture messaging : send, receive and save pictures!

- Voicemail Transcription: transcript of your voicemail

- Caller ID

- PassCode: keep your messages under lock and key

- Google SmartLock: no need to remember your password

- Call Forwarding

- Signatures: add your own signature to each text

- Customizable text-tone, ringtone & vibration

- Customizable backgrounds

- Assign individual contacts their own ringtone & background

- Quick Reply to easily (and quickly) respond to friends

- Home screen widget to launch TextNow, compose a new message or quickly make a call

- Unified inbox: send and receive your texts directly via TextNow - use TextNow as your one-stop SMS texting app!

- TextNow.com - text from your computer too! All messages seamlessly synchronize with your mobile device.

Is it really free?

There is no catch. No yearly or monthly fees! It is completely free!

How can all this be free?

The app comes with a few ads. If you don't like ads, you can purchase a subscription to remove them.

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