TextNow Wireless offers unlimited calling, texting, and 2G data for $19 per-month

TextNow Wireless offers unlimited calling, texting, and 2G data for $19 per-month
If you ever needed proof that technology and services get more affordable over time, this offering would have to be on the short list. TextNow, part of Canada-based Enflick, is a Wi-Fi centric, VoIP pre-paid carrier.

TextNow Wireless is not the only company with offers like this, but it does have a few aces up its sleeve that many may find appealing if they are on a budget.

One of the banes of pre-paid carriers is the cost of admission by way of no subsidized pricing for phones. Even a semi-decent device can cost many hundreds of dollars. However, TextNow has an attractive line-up of new and refurbished smartphones that will not break the bank.

For example, TextNow has the highly capable first generation Moto G for just $13.99 (refurbished). If you want a little more horsepower, you can get a new first generation Moto X for $149.99, or a new Nexus 5 for $249.99. There are a few other refurbished lines of devices available as well.

When not running on Wi-Fi, TextNow operates on Sprint’s network to augment coverage. That means you can bring your Sprint phone to TextNow, but you have to use the app to take advantage of the lower rates.

The monthly plans start at $18.99. For that, you get unlimited calling and texting to the US and Canada, 500MB of 3G/4G LTE data, unlimited 2G data, visual voicemail, and of course, no contract. $26.99 per-30-days increases high-speed cellular data to 1GB. $39.99 nets 2GB, and $59.99 provides 4GB of high-speed mobile data.

With TextNow’s other connected features, you can use your number on your tablet or computer as well as use all calling and texting features when connected to Wi-Fi abroad. TextNow’s service is an extension of the TextNow messaging and calling app that has been available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone for the past couple of years.

If budget pressures are looming, and you are thinking of making the move to pre-paid services, TextNow’s offering may have just what your wallet needs.

reference: TextNow Wireless

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15 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

hmmmm not bad!

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Obviously not horrible prices but technically FreedomPop has these plans beat. Because FreedomPop has a data plan that is $15/month that has the first 1 GB at 4G speeds with a throttle down to 3G with unlimited data. If you want to make phone calls and texts use Google Voice with it. Both run on Sprints horrible network, both obviously use VOIP to make their phone calls. However FreedomPop also has the option to drop down to the 500MB, 200 VOIP minutes, 500 texts per month plan which is totally free. So some months maybe you don't need that unlimited for $15, just drop down to the free plan. The most compelling thing about Text Now is the $19 Moto G... A few weeks ago I bought a $25 ZTE Force for FreedomPop which I carry around as a backup, but I'd rather have a Moto G. I also bought my daughters a LG Viper 4G and a LG Optimus F3 for $30 each. So far so good. No problems with FreedomPop, their bang for the buck is unbeatable.

12. derekting

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

This is Derek Ting here (CEO of TextNow). Another thing to take into consideration are the features not included with that price tag and the add-ons you'll have to end up paying for (not really comparing apples to apples): -Visual voicemail -1 year warranty with your device -Call forwarding -Group chat -MMS -Web texting & calling (TextNow only feature) -Autmoatic fall back to 2G cellular voice when IP network isn't good enough -Seamless mid-call handover between WiFi and Sprint

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Lol. I get 7 GB of Data on 4G for just $3.36. But this deal isn't bad either considering unlimited 2G Data and Unlimited Calling and texting. Data on My country is very cheap btw. For $22.01 you can get 35 GB of Data on 4G.

3. Gawain

Posts: 438; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

What country are you in?

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Sri Lanka.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hmm, very interesting, they've significantly grown past just being a great unlimited texting service available on my SmartPhone or Laptop/Desktop. However, while I've been using it, noticed it's texting service doesn't appear to be supported by automated text from companies; tried it with Google's 2-factor authentication, 'cause I don't want to put my permanent number in f'n Google's hands, didn't work. Also, using Sprint, one of the slowest US carriers (according to most comments I see online), isn't really appealing. That brings this question to mind; what is it's coverage around Canada? If it's just another Wind Mobile, it's just DOA.

7. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I think it's interesting. Is it a better data connection being downgraded to 2g speeds for capacity or cost savings? 2g can be as low as 50kbs.

8. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

yeah but 2g is so poor. if you were to constantly stream at 2g speeds, you would only download like 2gb over the whole month, so this is basically a 2gb plan.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Honestly I don't think you can stream anything at 2G speeds on Sprint.... You'll be lucky to have websites load. It might be nice to receive and send email and Hangouts messages....

13. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

can i just a get a plan with just like unlimited 4g, 20 minutes of talk, 20 minutes of text for say $20?

14. pastorjpxa

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

20 minutes of text?

15. Davidsims

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 26, 2016

I ordered a cell phone from a company called TextNow, unlimited 2g, 100mb 4g, unlimited calling. when the phone arrived it needed to be updated, it shut down a couple seconds into the update and said wifi would be required and I was out of data. around 3 days later the phone sent me a text saying i had used to much of the unlimited service and the phone locked me out of every thing? I contacted the number on the web site and asked how I could be shut off for using unlimited 2g. The customer service rep said: "The phone and the service do not matter, Its about fighting non believers in allaha's name" then proceeded to ask me for financial donations to "help kill non believers in allah's name...." Originally I thought this was a joke or a disgruntled employee so i called the canadian office pretending to be a turkish muslim traveling thru america and required a good phone service... needless to say after some general chit chat the guy on the other end offered me special services for cash,, services such as european motel rooms could be setup with either underage girl or boy for pleasure, for extra donation money i could decapitate the non believer aftrerwards. WTF!!!!!

16. Davidsims

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 26, 2016

I ordered a cell phone from a company called TextNow, unlimited 2g, 100mb 4g, unlimited calling. when the phone arrived it needed to be updated, it shut down a couple seconds into the update and said wifi would be required and I was out of data. around 3 days later the phone sent me a text saying i had used to much of the unlimited service and the phone locked me out of every thing? I contacted the number on the web site and asked how I could be shut off for using unlimited 2g. The customer service rep said: "The phone and the service do not matter, Its about fighting non believers in allaha's name" then proceeded to ask me for financial donations to "help kill non believers in allah's name...." Originally I thought this was a joke or a disgruntled employee so i called the canadian office pretending to be a turkish muslim traveling thru america and required a good phone service... needless to say after some general chit chat the guy on the other end offered me special services for cash,, services such as european motel rooms could be setup with either underage girl or boy for pleasure, for extra donation money i could decapitate the non believer aftrerwards. WTF!!!!!

17. derekting

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

Hi David, Can you email me your account info (username or phone#) to derek@textnow.com as well as the name of the rep you spoke with? We will investigate the matter. Thanks, Derek

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