TextNow Offering Free Unlimited Talk & Text Plan, GSM Services Discontinued

TextNow Launches Free Unlimited Talk And Text Phone Service
TextNow Launches Free Unlimited Talk And Text Phone Service

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TextNow has unveiled a new free ad-supported unlimited talk and text plan on the Sprint network. A TextNow spokesperson disclosed to BestMVNO last summer that the plan was on the horizon. The person also mentioned that TextNow’s ad-supported WiFi-only free talk and text plan was a very successful venture for the company and the free cellular plan would be the next logistical and evolutionary step for TextNow to take with it. TextNow’s ad-supported Google Play Store app has been downloaded over 50 million times while its iOS version currently has a ranking of number 16 in the “social networking” category. In an issued press release, TextNow said that the plan has been ten years in the making and calls it the first-of-its-kind offering to provide unlimited ad-supported calling and texting nationwide on the Sprint network.

TextNow's New Free Updated Phone Plans Highlighted

TextNow’s website has also been redesigned to highlight the new free cellular talk and text plan. Customers will still have the option to add data to their plans if they so choose. Data options remain in place and are unchanged.  If customers want to add a data allotment to their plan they’ll be able to pick from the following options:

  • 2GB - $19.99/month
  • Unlimited* - $39.99/month

*TextNow does refer to unlimited as being 23GB of data at 4G LTE data speeds before throttling to 2G data speeds.

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All data containing plans actually include unlimited 2G data after the high-speed allotment gets used up. Mobile hotspot is also included with each plan. Customers who upgrade to a data containing plan will have an ad-free experience.  An ad-free unlimited talk and text experience is also available for $9.99/month. TextNow used to offer service on both the T-Mobile and Sprint networks.  However, service with T-Mobile was discontinued for new customers about 6 months ago.  Taxes and fees are included in the prices shown.

Will TextNow's New Free Plan Be A Success?

Free plans are a hard feat for MVNOs to pull off and TextNow certainly isn’t the first company to give them a try.  Long time BestMVNO readers may be familiar with RingPlus which offered free plans but went out of business a few years ago. There’s also FreedomPop.  But neither of those two providers offered truly free unlimited calling over a cellular network. TextNow will attempt to be different by offering an unlimited calling and texting plan, however, service will still be provided by way of VoIP as confirmed by a company representative.

Recently launched FreeUP Mobile is another provider that tried to offer a free talk and text plan without the need for VoIP and utilized the AT&T network for service.  Unfortunately, that free plan had to be discontinued as well.  So whether or not TextNow can be successful where others have failed remains to be seen. But TextNow goes into this with a big advantage over the offerings that failed from the other MVNOs. TextNow has an astronomically larger user base and more industry experience in the free service sector.

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rick
rick
7 months ago

Probably the most confusing article I have ever read…LOL Is it free, or not??? How much data? VOIP???

Theobvious
Theobvious
7 months ago
Reply to  rick

Pretty simple.

Yes free.No data. Yes voip.

If you want data you can pay extra.

Ref
Ref
7 months ago

Phone number Recycles if no use after 1 week. You can sign back up through the app to get another number.

Red
Red
7 months ago

Hope that they consider a $5 half GB /mo. option or allowing the $20 2gb to rollover for a year (or at least 6 mo. min.).
Wouldn’t mind throwing them a few $ but $20/mo. is not an option for me.

Red
Red
7 months ago

“…TextNow will be different because it will offer free calling over Sprint’s cellular network without the need for VoIP,…”

This is not true. Cellular calling is VoIP over Sprint’s data.

Try turning data off & calling (with no WiFi present). Call won’t complete. Turn mobile data on and call completes. In addition the call quality & latency/delay clearly reveals that calling is VoIP

Joe P
Joe P
7 months ago
Reply to  Red

This plan was just announced yesterday. You already have a TextNow SIM cardfor the plan? Without a SIM card you will be using VoIP.

Red
Red
7 months ago
Reply to  Joe P

Yeah, have a motoE that was on ring plus, then Tello that was doing nothing but GPS using Here we go & WiFi “mini tablet” duty so I fired it up and gave it a try yesterday.

Red
Red
7 months ago
Reply to  Joe P

Same SIM card that was used for R+ & Tello.
If you have a sprint (or Sprint MVNO) SIM card you should be good to go, not need a new SIM.

Red
Red
7 months ago
Reply to  Joe Paonessa

Yep,
You do a great job with your site Joe, thank you.
We need good sites like this, I wouldn’t have even bothered posting / correcting at PPPN, that site has gone so downhill, shame, must pain Dennis to see what has become of it.