One of the biggest decisions about making the switch is knowing that coverage falls under the Sprint network. Even though Sprint has made some great strides in the last year to spread its 4G LTE network, it still largely pales in comparison to the coverage you get from Verizon and AT&T. Carrying it along with us on our travels, it’s often frequent for us to notice that the Nexus 5 switches from LTE back down to 3G – while other devices on us from AT&T and Verizon, generally remain constantly on LTE.
The TextNow app
Needless to say, you gain the best experience using any one of the devices sold by TextNow, but you can still retain service on other devices by using the TextNow app. This, essentially, makes any device capable of sending/receiving phone calls and text messages – just as long as you sign in with your TextNow account. Does this sound familiar? Well, it should because it works on the same premise as Google Voice.
Downloading the app on a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T, as well as an Apple iPhone 6 Plus on Sprint, we’re able to utilize the TextNow app to place/receive phone calls and text messages – all of it is down via the cloud. When someone calls our TextNow phone number, it’s routed to all of the phones running the TextNow app. That’s extremely useful, because it means that you can stay in touch no matter what phone you’re using.
It’s almost hard to believe that TextNow offers such value! From its affordable service costs, the discounted phones in its lineup, and the extended use of its app, it’s seriously a comprehensive offering that helps consumers keep connected no matter what. The biggest question, of course, is whether or not you’ll be content relying on Sprint’s coverage. Naturally, LTE coverage is widespread in major cities, but it’s something of a concern for rural areas.
Ultimately, though, we find TextNow’s service as an intriguing prospect that’ll surely make you think twice about what you have. Current Sprint and T-Mobile customers, in addition to the handful of customers using their prepaid services, will really have to think about making the switch considering the unbelievable savings that’s at stake here. However, for those comfortable and rely on the excellent LTE coverage from AT&T and Verizon, it might be tough to make the plunge and switch. Nevertheless, this model is the way service should be done going forward!
- Low cost service plans
- Great discounts on select smartphones
- TextNow app routes calls & text messages to most phone
- Option to bring your own device
- Spotty LTE coverage
- Limited selection of dedicated phones
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