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TextNow Wireless Adds Galaxy S5 and LG Volt, Announces Frys Deal and 10,000 Payment Locations

WiFi-first Sprint MVNO TextNow Wireless has added the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG Volt to its handset lineup. The company also announced that TextNow Wireless phones are now available at Fry’s Electronics and that customers can pay their bills with cash at more than 10,000 locations nationwide. 

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.

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  1. Are these devices using a custom ROM to enable Text Now and precluded from other Sprint MVNOs or can you BYOD they if you are not satisfied with TN service?

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    1. TextNow phonesuse a custom ROM. I don't know about the Voll and S5 but users flashed other TextNow phones with stock Sprint ROMs and activated them on other MVNOs

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  2. Looks like it's not nationwide. for sure. Fry's is only in a few states, the other chains seem spotty and rare.

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  3. According to their "Fair Use Policy," 2G data is limited to 200MB a day for 3 consecutive days or 1GB in 5 days otherwise they suspend your data until the next billing cycle.

    Between that and their higher-than-R+ pricing, even a tempting discount Volt won't sweeten the deal enough to make it worthwhile.

    Maybe if they threw in a free plan...

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    1. I've never held a Volt, but spec-wise it sure seems a nice phone for $14. If unlimited talk & text is worth $20 and a ton of data isn't super important (maybe WiFi does the heavy lifting data-wise), then this seems a pretty good deal.

      If I weren't so fond of unlocked GSM, I might spring for this.

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  4. Dennis -- Have you seen where Pure TalkUSA has announced an agreement with Sears and Kmart to market its phones and SIM cards in their stores?

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    1. Seems good: Pure Talk has an extensive national network, and Sears has a extensive national network.

      A lot better than Walmart having its branded "Family Plan" which only works on a network (T-Mobile) not nearly as well distributed as its stores are.

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  5. These cash payment locations seem to be concentrated around states with Fry's locations. I'm in North Central Texas and can count two Circle K locations where one could pay cash for service, unless they also count Fry's locations as payment locations, since there's 4 of those in the Dallas/Ft Worth metro area alone

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  6. Can TextNow phones be used on other Sprint MVNOs?

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  7. Looks like you have to buy a plan when you order a phone.

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  8. Dennis, do you know if the nexus 5 is gsm unlocked? I believe it has the proper frequencies for at&t. If it turns out that I don't like the service could it be taken to at&t and be fully functional?

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    1. All Nexus 5 are unlocked . You might need to flash a stock ROM for the TextNow model to be fully functional on a different operator.

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  9. Does text now use sprint native coverage? Or do they have roaming?

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  10. Does the textnow service use wifi, then cellular data, then cellular voice to place a call depending on signal and quality like Freedompop premium service? or do the go straight from wifi to cellular voice? Couldn't you just turn your wifi off to make all calls with full sprint voice network? or does their custom ROM prevent that? I've been testing out Freedompop (also sprint MVNO) and thus far regret to report the call quality and reliability is just not very usable- rarely works and if it does, the quality is very bad. I'd pay $18.99/mo if I can pay cash, and if I can actually make voice calls reliably.

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    1. For calls TextNow uses WiFi if available otherwise cell data if it's fast enough otherwise cell voice. Unlike FreedomPop Premium Voice, TextNow will use cell voice for incoming calls if needed.

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    2. Can you turn WIFI off like normal or do you know if the custom TextNow ROM prevents this? If calls are made using cell data, it doesn't use up your 500MB data allotment, or does it? What are people reporting for calls over cell data connection with textnow? any better than Freedompop, or more of the same? Freedompop might get away with it because its FREE, but even if I were paying a very small amount, I wouldn't pay for that kind of service.

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  11. I purchased the nexus 5 a couple of months ago. You do have to purchase a plan. I just got the $18 one and cancelled before month 2 came around. It came preloaded with one or two proprietary apps which I disabled. I did a factory reset and popped in my T-Mobile sim and it has worked fine. I did download a third party dialer. The only hiccup has been using Skype and the stock dialer. I assume flashing the stock ROM would take care of this.

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  12. Got the LG Volt and am testing this month. Phone is real nice like. Service?? Not worth the $18.99. The textNow software is BUGGY. I also have Talkatone app installed and whenever the textnow dialer doesn't work in my house over wifi, I try Talkatone and it works right away. Come on! A free app works better than a $18.99/mo. service, are you kidding!? Even the textnow texting software is unreliable. Half the time I try to send a text I get "network error". frustrating. Freedompop texting is much more reliable. The cash payment location hasn't worked out for me either- no locations within 20 miles, and I live near Denver. I will likely be sending this thing back, however, they don't pay for return shipping, and they wont refund the "service" so, maybe I can spend $5 to ship a $20 phone back and net a $15 refund. OR, can I flash a stock ROM and use it on another sprint MVNO?? for $15, I may just try that, although its a NEW phone, so probably on sprints blacklist for a year. Probably should have ordered the used Volt for $15. shucks. more testing, will post more results as it progresses...

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  13. TextNow giving away free Moto G with the purchase of a monthly plan.

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    1. They are been doing that for a couple of weeks. The phone is refurbished. In addition to buying a plan for $18.99 you also have to pay $13.99 for shipping.

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