November 1, 2021

Holiday shopping: It's the thought that counts

Written by valeria

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It's that time of year again, and before you dust off your credit card and practice your parking space scouting skills again, take a moment to consider what the holidays are truly about. Sure, it's still nice to gift something meaningful to someone you care about, and receive the same gesture in return,  but when it really comes down to it, the holiday season is all about connection.

How does one gift connection, though? It's really not as hard of a feat as it may sound.

The gift of voice

We all know that common thought: "I just want to hear your voice." As corny as it may sound, to many people, that really is all they'd like to do, especially after the year (and a bit) of isolation we all experienced. And while you may be thinking that gifting someone the power of calling requires some sort of card, or perhaps even a phone plan, it can really be as simple as signing up for an account.

If they already have some sort of device, such as a tablet, phone, or maybe just a laptop/desktop computer, you can sign them up for a free TextNow account.  Even if they don't have wireless service on any of those devices and are only using their WiFi, they can still enjoy the freedom of their own phone number that they can use to call any North American number for free. No limitations on minutes, and no hidden costs or fine print. The service is run on ads (non-intrusive), which foot the bill so they can continue talking freely.

And if their communication needs expand further than North America, we also have affordable options for long distance calling. You can gift them app store gift cards, so they can use the balance to purchase the necessary credits needed to complete certain international calls.

The gift of video

If they want more than just to hear your voice, but to actually see your face, there is also the option of video calling: A popular and useful feature that can oftentimes feel cumbersome and more complicated than it should be. Between app incompatibilities, OS incompatibilities, and the sheer time trying to explain to a loved one how to make it work on their end, there are enough reasons as to why they might choose not to even try. Which is why we made it simple.

With their TextNow number, they can video call anyone. They don't even have to coordinate apps. Just pull up a contact (as long as it's a mobile number, and not a landline) and tap on the video call icon. That will send a text to the contact with a link to the video call. All they have to do is tap on it, and they're in!

video call

Even if you do end up gifting them something a little more physical ---say, a new phone---you can rest easy knowing that they can easily activate it with our free talk & text service over our reliable network. That way, they can speak freely from anywhere, at anytime, and still stay connected this holiday season.