TextNow, Inc.
Android OS
Varies by device

If the thought of sending unlimited text messages and phone calls to your friends and family appeals to you, then you will love TextNow.

The cost of living is increasing worldwide, and more people are seeking sustainable solutions to keep their monthly costs within budget. Although compromising communication with loved ones by reducing phone time might seem like an option, the phone calling and messaging app provides a way out.

TextNow is a mobile app that lets you make free calls and send unlimited messages using a secure number.

Why Use A Phone Calling and Messaging App?

This is a good question; why would anyone need an app that does the same thing as their phone? TextNow works over wifi, which allows users to reduce the cost of calls and messages. So, it is a way to always connect with those you love without your phone bills going through the roof.

Also, there are times when you might require a second phone number and you can get that simply by downloading the TextNow app.

It is important to note that TextNow is an app that is available in the US and Canada. So, if you live outside that region the only way to get the app is via VPN. Although calls are mostly to the US and Canada, you can make calls to 230 countries at low-cost rates.

How Does TextNow Work?

TextNow works on both Android and IOS devices. Once you download the app, create a free account and choose a phone number or use the one you already have. And, you’re all set. It is that simple.

Anytime your phone is connected to wifi, you can make calls and send messages through TextNow. Interestingly, you can also order a SIM to use with your phone. That gives you the option of affordable data plans on the go.

The app is free to download and free to use although there is a paid version. If you decide to use the free version, you will have to deal with the ads. If you find that annoying, then upgrading to the paid version will make the ads go away.

The paid version is still more affordable than what your monthly phone bills would have cost.

TextNow Mobile App Features

We have already mentioned that you can use this mobile app on both Android and IOS devices and computers. That covers phones and tablets as well. Some appealing features of TextNow include:

  • Free calls and messages over wifi
  • A free US number or use yours
  • Make affordable international calls
  • TextNow sim for low-cost data options
  • Easy to use

The app has a paid version which is a subscription service and you can try it out first with the free trial.

You can visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to download the TextNow app. You can also click on the links below to get the app instantly.

Are There Alternatives to TextNow?

To be honest, there are lots of alternatives out there including apps like PingMe and TalkU. However, what we like about TextNow is its free nationwide coverage in North America. TalkU does the same but is limited to mobile devices and doesn’t work on computers.

WhatsApp is another app that will give TextNow a run for its money. But, if you need a secondary phone number, TextNow is still your best bet.

In conclusion

TextNow works for various reasons. Firstly, it gives you a way to call and text for free. Secondly, you can easily get a separate phone number for your business. Also, the SIM Plans provide low data costs for even wider coverage.

If you are in North America and need quick and affordable calling and texting solutions, we recommend TextNow.



  • Easy to install (just download).
  • Free account.
  • Free calls and texting over wifi.
  • Affordable data plans.
  • Free phone number (or use existing one)
  • The free plan comes with ads.
  • Only available in North America.


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Frequently asked questions

Can I use TextNow from anywhere?

TextNow is only available in North America. However, you can download and use the app through a VPN service from any country.

Do I have to get a new phone number?

Although TextNow lets you choose a second phone number, you don’t have to use the numbers they provide. You can always use your existing phone number with TextNow.

Can I make international calls with TextNow?

For an affordable cost, you can make calls to 230 countries using TextNow


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