June 20, 2024

How to get affordable phone service without government funding

Written by Valeria


If you or someone you know are one of the 23 million households using government funding to help pay for essential bills like your internet or mobile service, you may have already heard that the Affordable Connectivity Program ended last month.

The good news is that we have a great alternative to help you keep your bills down, and stay connected – TextNow's flexible nationwide service.

ACP alternative for cheap phone service: Free Essential Data

You already know about the benefits of TextNow's free talk & text, but what you may not know is you can also use TextNow as your mobile carrier – without WiFi, for free. TextNow even has free data for essential apps like email, maps and rideshare.  

This means that you can stay connected on the nation's largest 5G network with your phone number, check your emails, look up directions, and order a ride (Uber, Lyft) without ever having to pay for a data plan.  

All you need is a TextNow SIM card to get started.

If you already have a TextNow SIM card, you can also add unlimited data* – for an hour, day, or month – to access access all of your apps and browse and stream whenever you want.

Unlike traditional carriers, we don’t lock you in with recurring payments. When your Hour or Day passes expire, we’ll simply put you back on to our Free Essential Data plan. For Month passes, you have the same flexibility and can cancel whenever you want, straight from the app.

With TextNow, you'll never have to worry about eligibility, government funds running out, or being cut off. Always stay connected to the things that matter with Free Essential Data, and upgrade to access everything else whenever you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

*Data plans are subject to terms and conditions. Speeds are not guaranteed and may vary depending on network availability and other factors.