What is TextNow & How to use it?
TextNow has seen explosive growth over the past few years, and thanks to WhatsApp’s Current Issues, more and more people are switching to TextNow for ALL of their texting and calling needs.
What is TextNow?
TextNow is not like WhatsApp or Signal, although it shares some similarities with these apps. TextNow is essentially an end-to-end phone service that is contained in an app. You get free texts and free calls over WiFi, which means that you don’t have to pay for calls when you’re at home or on a WiFi network.
TextNow processes data too, so you can get your entire plan with them – you have a great unlimited offer that starts at $ 39.99 per month (and you get everything unlimited). But the data is new; Most know TextNow for its free calling and SMS service.
Free cell phone calls are always good – but what’s the catch?
There really isn’t any. The basic TextNow app that gives you free calls and texts over WiFi is 100% free. The catch is you need a different number – but you get one when you download the app. Is that a deal-breaker? Not really. I mean, you get free calls.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the TextNow app only works in the US and Canada. If you’re outside of these countries, you’ll need to find another free phone calling app – one that will work in your country. However, you get unlimited calls and unlimited texts. Once you’ve got your number, all you have to do is send it to your friends and family so they’ll call you and know when to call them.
Pretty easy, right? But what else does TextNow do? A lot of stuff, actually. You can assign a specific ringtone to each contact, so you know exactly who is calling without looking at your phone. Call forwarding is done. You get voicemail and voicemail transcripts and full support for gifs, emojis, and stickers.
How is TextNow free?
The TextNow app is free because it is ad-supported. This means that the app has some ads. If you can take this as millions of people clearly can, then you are good to go. If you can’t, you can always sign up for a paid plan – TextNow offers a number of these plans, as well as data plans.
Will TextNow work on my PC?
Like WhatsApp and Signal, TextNow has developed a PC / Mac-based web application that allows you to create, receive and manage all of your messages from the comfort of your laptop and/or PC. All text messages are synced automatically, too, so you don’t have to worry about losing anything. You can also start a message on your computer and check it out on your phone – just like iMessage.
What can I use TextNow for?
If you already have a phone that you pay a monthly fee for, you can download the TextNow app and use it to save money. With TextNow, you can make free calls via WLAN. So when you are at home or in the office, you never have to spend your minutes on calls. Everything can be done through TextNow.
If you have an old phone lying around and work from home and want to separate your business from your personal life, you can also use the TextNow number as your business number. This would mean that ALL calls you receive through TextNow are business-related. You can then also make free business calls.
If you don’t want to have a landline at home and prefer to use a mobile phone for “house calls,” one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this is to convert an old phone, as long as it is running on Android or iOS. In fact, this would cost you nothing as you already have the phone, and TextNow is completely free to use.
Is TextNow safe for children?
A service like TextNow is also ideal for a child’s phone, provided they are monitored at all times. If you have a teen at home and you aren’t really comfortable with a smartphone, you can take an old phone and install TextNow on it. This would give them free calls and texts but limited internet access.
It is worth noting, however, that TextNow is not suitable for school children. The app is listed on SmartSocial’s Red Zone, which means it is unsafe for students to use without adult supervision. Predators have been reported to use TextNow to attack children. As always, it is best to keep young children away from cell phones and the like.
Where can I download TextNow?
If you’d like to try TextNow, you can download the app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. After downloading TextNow, simply follow the instructions to set up your free phone number. It doesn’t take long either, so you’ll be able to make free calls within minutes. Just make sure your phone is connected to your home’s WiFi network, or it won’t work.