TextNow, founded in 2009 by two college students who wanted to save money on phone bills, has been offering free phone service to customers for more than a decade. Now, the app offers not only free nationwide calls and texts in America and Canada but also low-cost international calls to more than 230 countries. Besides, it is the first product of its kind to offer an ad-supported mobile service.
On iOS AppStore, TextNow’s rating is 4.8 out of 5.0, with user reviews of more than 465,600. On Google Play, its rating is 4.3 out of 5.0, with 1,038,535 user reviews and more than 50,000,000 installs.
Over the past 12 years, the app has made great improvements and innovations in terms of its functionality and range of availability. By 2010, the app had 1 million active users, and by 2017, it had been downloaded more than 100 million times across all platforms! Last but not least, it’s also worth mentioning that it ranks No.9 in the Category of “Social Networking” on iOS AppStore.
TextNow is usually updated once to twice a week, and its updates are mainly about new features, optimization of UI, performance improvements and bug fixes. For example, on Dec. 6, 2021, a new version was released with no new features but some under-the-hood optimizations, minor bug fixes, performance, and stability improvements.
Texting & Calling: The app provides every user with free or cheap mobile communications including texts, video and voice calls. First, by using TextNow, users can get a new phone number (Area code of the phone number can be chosen freely by the user.) and enjoy unlimited communications. Second, they can make and receive calls and messages in the USA and Canada for free. Third, international calls to 230+ other countries are at a low price. What’s more, users can contact others through TextNow even if those people don’t have this app.
Multi-devices Supported: Users can use the app across different devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod or computer without any limitations. This can turn various devices into a phone and help users make phone calls anytime and anywhere. In addition, users can access calls and messages from their phones when they are going out.
Convenient Features: The app offers many convenient features to all users such as caller ID, Quick Reply, and automatic selection of the best network. Moreover, users can add personalized signatures for each message and customize their chat backgrounds and prompt sounds according to their preferences.
- The app is available on various devices. Also, users’ records are saved to their accounts so that they can retrieve their data even if they had uninstalled the app before.
- This app is very useful, it’s easy for users to make or receive phone calls and texts as long as there is a good Wi-Fi condition.
- Unlike other apps, recipients don't need to download the same app to respond and receive calls or messages, which is very convenient.
- There are some bugs in this app and it crashes and lost connection sometimes, which may make some users get annoyed.
- Users may encounter telephone frauds in this app.