TextNowfor iOS



Call and text effortlessly with TextNow

TextNow serves as a cost-free phone service and mobile data provider, extending complimentary calling and texting capabilities to eligible device owners. TextNow proves particularly advantageous for companies specializing in mobile app development services, as it functions as a mobile data provider that aids in gaining insights into your target audience. 

Utilizing TextNow services is a straightforward process, requiring users to effortlessly download the TextNow app and procure a TextNow SIM card tailored to their respective devices. This approach ensures seamless access to TextNow's offerings.

Phone-based social network

TextNow operates similarly to other messaging services like Whatsapp except without the need for a SIM card. TextNow gives you your own phone number, so you don’t need to link it to your existing mobile plan. You can find your number through the app menu, along with subscription options. 

Subscriptions and coverage

If you’re not connected to the internet, it’s still possible to use TextNow to make a phone call if you’ve signed up for a premium account. This subscription removes ads and lets you use the Sprint mobile network, but only if you’re in the US. 

Otherwise, if you’re not in the States or don’t want to fork out any money, it’s still possible to use TextNow with wifi or mobile data. You’ll be able to make and send unlimited calls and texts to Canadian and US phone numbers. Also, by completing special offers, you’ll earn credits to make low-cost international calls.   

Features at a glance:

  1. International calling: Subscribing to TextNow offers the convenience of international calling, including complimentary calls to the United States and Canada. However, for calls to countries beyond Canada and the USA, you'll need to maintain a sufficient account balance. Charges will be incurred based on the per-minute rates specific to the dialed country or region.
  2. Messaging: Text messaging is another valuable perk of TextNow. Users can easily send plain text messages to any mobile number at no cost. The app also allows you to enhance your text messages by incorporating emojis, animated GIFs, images, videos, and other supported media, adding a personal touch to your conversations.
  3. Group chats: TextNow's group texting feature closely resembles that of other popular messaging apps. You can effortlessly include two or more individuals in the same conversation, facilitating interaction within a unified message thread. To further enrich the conversation, you have the option to incorporate emojis and stickers, making the experience both engaging and enjoyable.

How does TextNow work?

TextNow makes free calls and sends messages via the internet/mobile data. Also, TextNow phone services can be accessed in two ways: via mobile app and via SIM card. Again, you are not required to get a new TextNow free phone number along with the SIM card because the company allows users to keep their existing number.

In addition to that, you can also buy premium numbers from TextNow. To the uninitiated, premium numbers are those that appear more appealing than other numbers (e.g., 966-6666). Premium numbers are an excellent choice for businesses because they are easy for customers to remember.

Once you have a number, sign up to TextNow using the number directly from your web browser to stay connected. 

However, if your wifi connection is poor or you have no internet connection at all, you can use the TextNow SIM card to access phone services.

You’re probably wondering how TextNow can offer everything for free. Well, the company covers the service cost through advertisements in our app, so you never have to pay a monthly phone bill.

Customize your experience

What good’s a messaging service if you can’t truly express yourself? The TextNow app includes a ton of stickers, gifs, color schemes, wallpapers, and even ringtones to personalize chats. The developers also have a complimentary app, 2ndline, that gives you a second phone number you can use.

there are several popular alternatives to TextNow for making free calls and sending messages. Here are a few well-known alternatives:

  • Google Voice: Google Voice allows users to make free calls, send text messages, and receive voicemail. It also provides a unique phone number, and it integrates with other Google services.
  • WhatsApp: WhatsApp is a widely used messaging app that offers free text messaging, voice calls, and video calls. It uses your phone number to connect you with contacts.
  • Facebook Messenger: Facebook Messenger provides free text messaging, voice and video calls, as well as a range of features like group chats, stickers, and more.
  • Skype: Skype is a versatile communication platform that offers free voice and video calls, along with instant messaging. It's available on various devices and platforms.

Our take

TextNow is an excellent and secure alternative to other messaging service social networks. You can even use the provided phone number with Whatsapp if you want to use both. The only real downside is a few useful functions, like call forwarding and voicemail transcription, are behind a paywall.

Should you download it?

Yes. The app could also be used to handle unwanted cold callers or for dedicated business purposes, not just casual texting.


  • The free version has plenty of worthwhile features
  • Get your own phone number to use how you like


  • The free version is full of ads
  • All features are only available for US users

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