A free phone service app for Android
TextNow is a free app that allows users to make calls and send texts. TextNow's services work as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which means it piggybacks on other cellular providers to offer you phone service without any additional charges or hidden fees.
With TextNow, you can communicate with anyone using WiFI or an internet connection. It's important to note that there's an option to use an internet connection and no WiFi, but you'll have to subscribe to their premium plan. It's similar to other communication apps that use WiFi, like 2ndLine - Second Phone Number and textPlus Free Text + Call.
Breaking down TextNow
TextNow is a free Android app that provides you with a US phone number for calling and texting. You can choose the area code of your new virtual caller I.D., then send text messages or make calls to other TextNow users in North America. To make international calls, you will need to purchase credits or watch ads in exchange for credits.
In 2009, the app was launched as a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application. The function was to provide users with a US phone number to make calls or texts with a WiFi connection available on their devices through VoIP technology, plus other advanced features such as SMS.
TextNow is a true mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) with the help of Nationwide Sprint Network cellular service in the US to provide wireless coverage for smartphones.
TextNow has a variety of features that allow you to communicate with friends and family all around the world. You can send messages, photos, or stickers as well as make voice calls without being charged anything extra. TextNow also allows for video messaging so your loved ones are always in sight.
TextNow also comes with safety protocols that protect your private data. With the PassCode feature, you can keep your message safe in addition to the Google Smart Lock that allows you to log in without needing to enter your passcode each time you use the app. The calling app also allows you to personalize your signature based on who you are texting with. This feature is beneficial as you will know who's texting without needing to have the person show up on the screen.
Not only can you customize your signature, but you can also tailor the app's background, text tones, ringtones, and even vibrations. Another handy feature that you can give a personal touch on is the Quick Reply tool. With this reply feature, you can immediately respond to friends by typing out just one-worded replies like ‘yes’, ‘maybe’, etc.
Additional TextNow Features
- With a US phone number, friends and family can call you when they're in the country. This avoids any expensive international calls or messaging fees
- Make unlimited video and voice calls to the US or Canada for free. You can also send text messages, videos, and pictures.
- You're not limited to just one device. TextNow allows you to make calls and send unlimited messages from your computer or tablet and then read them on your phone on the go.
- The US is the only country in which you can call and text without WiFi. This may not seem like a big deal, but it means that if your phone loses internet connection during an emergency situation then at least there's a backup option to reach out for help.
- Transcribe your voicemails by turning the audio message into text.
- Communicate with multiple people at once with conference calling.
- Text from a computer using any browser at textnow.com.
How is TextNow free?
Although the app is free to use for national calls within the US and Canada, it is not free outside of these two areas. To use the app for free for calls internationally, you can watch ads in exchange for credits to make free calls. However, if you don't like the ads, you can also purchase a subscription to remove them. There are currently over 100 million people using TextNow to talk without paying a single penny by watching ads to make international calls.
Make calls and send texts for free
TextNow's simple, straightforward approach has garnered the attention of many smartphone-loving customers who are looking for more affordable options data plans, and texting needs.
The app is perfect for those who like to text and send photos, but not for phone calls. The quality of the call is unreliable, which may be a deal-breaker if you're looking for an alternative method to make phone calls.