We all know that cell phone plans can be very expensive. You pick a phone, you pick a plan, and often extras are added to the cost of your plan which can escalate the price quite a bit. Most people have a love/hate relationship with their carrier bills. But, that does not have to be the case. And not everyone needs a super pricey phone plan. On January 28th, TextNow launched a Free Nationwide Talk and Text service.
Yep, that’s right, I said FREE!! As in, no monthly fee of any kind. TextNow is the first service of its kind. This service is ad-supported and gives customers access both a free phone number and unlimited free calling and texting! And guess what? With a compatible Android phone, it does not require a WiFi connection. The TextNow service runs on the awesome Sprint network, so you will always be connected.
How TextNow Works
Anyone can claim a FREE TextNow Number. You sign up, and you are ready to go. You can then activate your own compatible unlocked Android phone. All you need to do is purchase a SIM activation kit for only $9.99. To see if your phone is compatible visit the TextNow website and enter your IMEI number.
Don’t have a phone? TextNow offers over 10 awesome Android phones to choose from. Models include the lower cost Motorola Moto E5, Samsung Galaxy J3, LG Stylo 4 ranging in price from only $59.99 to $149.99. Looking for something a bit more higher end? They also offer the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, or Apple iPhone 7. These range in price from $249.99 to $414.99. But remember, this is just a one time cost! You don’t have to worry about paying a monthly fee on your phone purchase.
A few days ago, I claimed my own TextNow number. Setup was super easy! Within minutes I was sending a text message. And I was even able to claim a number in my own area code!
Use TextNow in Multiple Ways
Even if you do not have a compatible unlocked Android phone, you can still use TextNow! You can easily log in from your computer using the TextNow website, or even install the iOS app on your iPad, or the Android app on an Android tablet. It’s truly versatile allowing you to make calls or send texts from just about anywhere with a WiFi connection.
Upgrade to Go Ad-free
While the TextNow Nationwide Talk & Text plan is completely FREE to sign up and use, if you prefer more you can upgrade to an ad-free plan. For only $9.99 you can upgrade to the Ad Free+ plan which includes no ads, voicemail transcription, and unlimited photo and video history. For $19.99 go ad free and get 2gb of high speed data, and data hotspotting. Or for $39.99 a month go ad-free and add extra features such as unlimited high speed data and hotspot.
Perfect for Kids
After testing this service, I think this is absolutely perfect for a child who needs a phone to keep in touch with family. This is a constant argument on social media. Some parents believe that kids don’t need phones, some do. My opinion is that it’s important for kids to have a cell phone if they spend any time traveling the streets by themselves. This includes walking to and from school, riding the school bus, riding public transportation, or participating in after school events. However, they do not need the top of the line smartphone with every feature under the sun. This makes TextNow perfect.
The cost of a traditional smartphone plan can be a bit much for some families. But, the TextNow service is pretty awesome and low cost. In my line of work I usually have an extra phone or two sitting around. This is a perfect use for them! Of course, the phone would have to be compatible with the service.
Perfect for Business
I prefer to keep my personal and business communication as separate as possible. And I prefer to keep costs low. I work several side businesses, but don’t feel that I make enough to invest a bunch of money into different monthly services for my business. Cell service is one of them. TextNow is perfect for this.
TextNow is perfect for entrepreneurs who need a 2nd business line without the inflated extra cost. It’s a huge bonus that you can use it from your computer. In fact, I wish I would had known that this service was coming a few months ago! This could be a game changer for many.
Whether you need another phone line for yourself, your child, or your business, definitely check out the TextNow service. Have a new number in minutes. Visit the TextNow website for more information.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TextNow. All opinions are my own.