March 7, 2022

4 ways to get data with TextNow

Written by kevin-c


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TextNow’s Nationwide Talk & Text is a pretty unbeatable deal at the very reasonable cost of nothing. Coverage across the US for zero dollars is the phone steal of the century — or it would be if you had to steal it, but we give it away so you don't have to.

But sometimes, talk & text isn’t enough. Sometimes you need that sweet sweet data connection. I guess you’re outta luck, right? Hold your horses partner, because TextNow is pleased to bring back our data plans, in 1, 2, 3 and 5GB flavors!

So how do I get ‘em, you’re probably wondering. First, you need one of our snazzy SIM cards. Our SIM cards come bundled with our free Nationwide Talk & Text, so if all you’re looking for is talking and texting, then you’re golden with just the card.

What do you get?

But let’s say you’ve got your heart set on some data. What comes with our data plans? I’m glad you asked!

Our 2, 3, and 5GB plans have all the features of our Nationwide Talk & Text features – unlimited calling & texting, group texting, caller ID, voicemail transcription, call forwarding, call waiting, three-way calling, with the added extra of being able to receive verification codes.

Plus, the 2, 3 and 5GB plans are bundled with Ad-Free+ for a TextNow experience without any ads at all.

Our 1GB plan still has the banner ads at the bottom of the conversation screen, but that’s all. No ads anywhere else.

And, most importantly, all our plans have unlimited 2G data if you go over your limit. We don’t ever charge for overages. The size of the plans refers to how much high-speed data you get per month before it switches over to 2G speed.

Wondering what those gigabytes mean in practical terms?

1GB of data works out to about 200 songs over streaming, or about 2 hours of video in standard definition, and about 12 hours of surfing the web. Needless to say, we recommend streaming video over WiFi, because video will really chew through your data.

Now, granted, that 200 songs a month doesn’t sound like a lot, because it isn’t. That’s why we shift you to 2G unlimited data when your plan runs out.

And at any point, you can choose to upgrade for more data, or downgrade your plan for the next month. It’s all up to you. No contracts, no minimum months or any of that nonsense.

How do I get it?

This is the easiest part of all. Once you've completed activating your SIM card, open your TextNow app and tap on the "Add Data" icon in the main menu, and voila! All of our data add-ons will be there for you to purchase.

Want to find out more? You’re in luck because we have a whole website full of information.