Hotspot only available on the Sprint network.
When you sign up for TextNow, you must use their mobile application to make calls and send texts. TextNow’s application allows you to make calls and send texts anywhere you have WiFi connection, even if you have no cell reception. This can be a game-changer for people who travel frequently and can help improve call quality and message reliability. TextNow’s app also allows you to sign in to your account and send messages from your laptop, tablet, or other connected devices.
The HUGE disadvantage to TextNow’s app is that it means you can’t use iMessage on iPhone. :( Sorry, iPhone users. This plan may not be for you.
If you are willing to compromise, then TextNow’s plans are affordable, include a variety of features, and offer group savings.
TextNow offers a family discount. You save about $10/month/line that you add. Here’s the breakdown:
TextNow uses the Sprint network for coverage.
On TextNow’s $3 plan and up, they support:
TextNow supports making stateside international calls to a variety of locations at affordable rates. Unlimited calls to the USA and Canada are included with plans starting at $9.99 per month.
While you will not get cell reception while traveling internationally, TextNow will continue to work anywhere you have WiFi. This may include your hotel, coffee shops, airports, or other places with free public internet access.
TextNow adds standard taxes and regulatory fees to their plans.
You’ll get the same experience on TextNow with their $3 plan and up. However, their free plan has some differences.
TextNow’s free plan includes ads and does not support the following features: caller ID, voicemail transcriptions, unlimited photo & video chat history, call forwarding.
The free plan still includes voicemail, the cross-platform application, international calling, conference calling, and group texting are still supported.
TextNow offers customer service and support through their support website. You can read through existing help articles or interact with an online chat bot who will help answer your questions. Phone number and email support appear unavailable at this time.