TextNow is selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $399 new and $299 refurbished. When it launched last year, Sprint's full retail price was $599.99. The S5 features 16 GB of internal memory, 2 GB RAM, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SOC, 16 MP main and 2 MP front facing cameras, Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 5.1 inch 1080 x 1920 px super-AMOLED display, SD card slot, removable battery and Sprint Spark tri-band LTE.
The LG Volt has a 4.7-inch 540x960px screen, 8 GB internal storage memory, 1 GB RAM, 1.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 8 MP main and 1.3 MP front facing cameras, Android 4.4 KitKat, SD card slot, removable battery and Spark tri-band LTE. It's priced at $19.99 brand new or $13.99 refurbished from TextNow. Sprint's Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid currently charge $99.99 for the Volt.
The new locations where TextNow customers can now pay their monthly bills with cash include Gates Petroleum, Sunoco, NMart and Circle K stores. TextNow is expanding distributions to brick and mortar locations starting with the Motorola Moto G which can now be purchased at all Fry’s Electronics stores.
TextNow Wireless uses a hybrid model where calls and texts are routed over WiFi, if available and using the Sprint network where there's no WiFi. TextNow plans start at $18.99/month for 500 MB of high speed data and unlimited voice, text and 2G data services.
TextNow's new handsets and retail expansion are just in time for the back to school selling season. TextNow CEO and co-founder Derek Ting believes that his company is particularly good fit for students, saying “Students are usually in WiFi connected zones – so there is really no need for costly data plans. And with our unique hybrid model of WiFi and cellular network, the TextNow-fueled Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG Volt, along with all our devices, saves parents money while ensuring they are always connected to their kids.”