TextNow is a telecommunications company that provides free text and calling capability. It also offers prepaid data services using 4G and 5G T-Mobile networks for users who purchase a TextNow SIM card. Advertisements support the free services.
TextNow was founded in 2009 and by 2010 it had 1 million users. They added 500 thousand users in 2011 to make their total active users 1.5 million. TextNow managed to hit 100 Million users in 2017. In 2014, TextNow patented an elastic calling technology that seamlessly switches between cellular networks and Wi-Fi networks. TextNow introduced a first of its kind Ad supported cellular service with a SIM card.
TextNow applications for Android, iPhone, Windows and macOS to enable users to sign up for the free phone service. The free services include calling, texting, and international calling.
TextNow SIM Card
TextNow introduced SIM cards in 2020. Their SIM cards are compatible with unlocked iPhones and Android devices. It costs $0.99 to buy an activation kit that contains the SIM card. You can then proceed with the $0/month Ad supported plan or choose to pay $9.99 per month to remove Ads.
Check SIM and device compatibility before purchasing.
TextNow Free Talk and Text
TextNow is popularly known for it’s its unique free calling and texting. It supports this service by showing advertisements to its users.
Users can however opt out of advertisements by paying a monthly fee of $9.99. This removes ads.
TextNow data plans.
You can pay TextNow plans with Credit Card or PayPal.
TextNow partners with Swappa to sell compatible phones. Here are some of the available phones.
- iPhone Xr
- iPhone 11
- iPhone SE 2nd Gen
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
- Galaxy S9
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S9 Plus
Basically, all unlocked phones are compatible with TextNow.
TextNow Coverage Map
TextNow uses the T-Mobile network infrastructure to provide its wireless services. T-Mobile has one of the widest 4G and 5G network coverage in the United States. TextNow used Sprint but sprint merged with T-Mobile. If you are using TextNow SIM, set up TextNow APN to enjoy the fastest internet speeds on your device.
Browse around to see the network coverage and availability in your region. Enter the ZIP code, city or state. Zoom in and out to interact with the map.
This is the T-Mobile MVNO network coverage map.