Do you love socializing? Do you spend endless hours texting or calling friends? Then maybe you need the TextNow app on your phone. Based on San Francisco, TextNow is a prepaid mobile virtual network that supports all the top cellular networks in Canada and the US. With the app, you can make unlimited calls or texts without connecting to the WiFi or spending your mobile credit.
TextNow is one of the most popular chatting application in the US and Canada, and we’re not really surprised. The app facilitates unlimited text and picture messaging at economical packages so much so that you can make unlimited free phone calls to any phone number in the US and Canada.
The app functions in a unique way and you don’t need to be connected to WiFi to make use of it. The app generates a phone number for you which you can share with your friends. These phone numbers are supported by major mobile networks and you can make phone calls or receive them easily.
The messaging and calling feature of TextNow is not limited to the US and Canada only. Although the app offers more freebies for these countries, you can still connect with your loved ones in other countries by making cheap international phone calls. Plus you can also add money or earn free minutes by successfully completing offers to your accounts. The calls you make internationally are priced competitively and are at a much lower-cost than most other services.
TextNow is a full social package. Along with the basic texting and calling abilities, the app lets you make your conversations more personal and fun by using stickers, gifs and emojis in the app. The app also facilitates picture messaging and sending or receiving images to or from your friends. Moreover, TextNow uniquely provides a signature feature that is hardly seen in other texting applications. With the signature feature, you can add your own personal signature to your texts.
The app also offers other options for customization apart from adding your signature to the text messages. For starters, users can add customizable ring tones and notification sounds for calls and texts. They can also put the notification on vibration if they please or assign specific ringtones to an individual contact.
Just like the globally popular chatting application Whatsapp, TextNow lets users add their own customizable wallpapers and backgrounds to their chat screens. Just like personalizing ringtones, you can add a wallpaper of your choice for a particular contact as well. TextNow also has support for voicemails with the ability to view the transcript of your voicemails.
With the TextNow app, receiving calls and messages is intuitive. The app has caller ID features, call forwarding and a passcode that you can set to protect your account of hide your personal text messages. Plus, the Google Smartlock feature saves your passcodes for your phone so you don’t have to type them in every time you access the app.
TextNow has other useful side features as well: a quick reply option that can be used to send quick and premade texts to friends. The app also has its own widget that can be added to the Home Screen of your phone to directly access the app and make instant calls or send instant messages.
The app has its own website as well so that you can text from your phone browser or computer as well without downloading an application.
The best part about TextNow is that it’s completely free and there’s no catch in that fact. The only purchase you can make within the app is to buy an ad-free version. Otherwise, the app is free to use and download. However, you do need to spend your mobile data to make international calls which some would argue uses up more data than it should. If you don’t use too much mobile data, this app will be great for you. But if you do, then perhaps it’s not the cheapest option.
Some users have also complained of a below average call quality and dependency on cellular networks. Despite this, TextNow has affordable plan, is easy to use and offers free calling to the States and Canada.
TextNow - Free Text + Calls is one of the top apps in the Social app category, which belongs to TextNow, Inc.. It's last update was on November 4, 2017 and it has been already downloaded 10,000,000 - 50,000,000 times. On the app store it has now 356,180 reviews. After you get to TextNow - Free Text + Calls page on the app store, click install & enjoy it.