June 15, 2022

TextNow Add-ons, Plans, and SIMs – Explained!

Written by kevin-c


DISCLAIMER: The prices you see on this or any other blog article are subject to change. Please check the TextNow app for the most recent pricing.

TextNow Basics

TextNow is an app you can download for your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. The app works over your WiFi connection, or over your device's data plan. If you're more of a stationary person as opposed to mobile, you can also use TextNow right through your desktop's browser. Both the app and the browser are supported by ads, which means it costs you nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Goose egg. Free calling and texting to any number in the US or Canada for the very affordable cost of zero dollars. Cost: $0

And if you want to talk to people outside of the US or Canada, you can purchase International Calling Credits right through the app.

TextNow Extras

If you want something a little spicier to go with your vanilla TextNow, we have a couple of ways to supercharge your experience with flexible add-ons.

Premium numbers: When you sign up for TextNow, you can either pick a number from our regular pool of numbers or pick from one of the Premium numbers. Premium numbers are "easy to remember" numbers like say 555-555-1001 or 555-555-1234. Buying a premium number subscription will lock the number to your account for as long as you have the subscription active. Cost: $4.99/year (US)

Lock-In Number: Even if you don't have a Premium Number, you can still buy our Locked-In number add-on, which will keep your number locked to your account for as long as your locked-in subscription is active. Also locking in your number allows you to receive verification codes from other services. Cost: $4.99/month

Ad-Free Lite: For those who dislike most ads, but can handle one, you can purchase our Ad-Free Lite subscription, which removes all ads except the banner ad at the bottom. Cost: $1.99/month

Ad-Free+: And for those who never want to see an ad, there's Ad-Free+ which removes all the ads from TextNow – including banner and in-line ads. Cost: $9.99/month

Use TextNow Without WiFi

OK, but what if you're tired of the tyranny of WiFi and want to use TextNow everywhere you go with your phone's data connection? We've got you covered there, too!

TextNow wireless service: TextNow wireless service runs on the nation's largest 5G/4G network. An offering you won't find from big wireless, with TextNow you can talk and text as much as you want, without WiFi, for free. All you have to do is use TextNow and combine it with a one-time purchase of a TextNow SIM Card for 99¢. No monthly payment, no contracts – just free phone service. Cost: 99¢

And of course, you can still choose to upgrade any time with any of the extras or add-ons above, as you wish.

Get High-speed Data

And finally, if you need to add data to your TextNow plan, you can! We have four data options available:

Our 2GB, 3GB, and 5GB high-speed data add-ons come with all the features of TextNow's wireless service and more – 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.

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

Whew! That's a lot of options. We’ve published answers to commonly asked questions about TextNow if you’re looking to learn more, and if you’re ready to take app for a test drive, head on over to TextNow.com!