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TextNow To Add International Calling and Let Users Earn Credits By Watching Ads

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WiFi first Sprint MVNO TextNow announced today that it will be adding international calling to the TextNow Android and iOS apps and to all TextNow Wireless plans.

In addition, TextNow customers will soon be able to earn credits by watching video ads and completing offers within the TextNow app.  The credits can be applied to the user's monthly phone bill or used to make free international calls.

TextNow users will be able to check rates for international calls by entering the number into the phone’s dialer which will show how much each call will cost before hitting the call button.

Sample rates for calling mobile phones in the PrepaidPhoneNews' international market basket are: Canada (free), China ($0.08), Mexico (from $0.01), The Philippines (from $0.22), UK (from $0.22) for a Market Basket average price of 10.6¢/minute. To see how TextNow's rates compare with other low cost international calling options see: Updated: The Best Prepaid Mobile International Voice & Text Deals.

TextNow will be rolling out the international calling feature over the next few months and has started accepting beta sign ups today at www.textnow.com/beta.

TextNow is also expanding its unlimited U.S. and Canada calling offering to TextNow app users. Calls and texts to all U.S. and Canadian phone numbers are now free for TextNow app users. The TextNow app provides free VOIP calling and IP based messaging to Android and iOS users over WiFi or cellular data from any operator.

TextNow Wireless offers the following plans:
  • $18.99 for 500 MB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada
  • $26.99 for 1 GB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada
  • $39.99 for 2 GB of of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada
  • $59.99 for 4 GB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada.
TextNow Wireless phones use custom Android software that routes calls over WiFi if available. If there's no WiFi, TextNow will use VOIP over a good 3G or 4G cellular data connection. If the TextNow software detects that the data connection is too poor to support VOIP the call will use traditional cellular voice.

TextNow offers a variety of Android phones at very attractive prices. Currently they have the refurbished LG Tribute LTE Android phone for free. Shipping on the free phone is $13.99 and purchase of the first month's airtime is also required.

Source: Release

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  1. so by downloading the textnow app as long as one has Wi-Fi the phone app would be able to make free calls and text or do you have to have a text now phone plan too?

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    1. You can do that now via hangouts as far as I know.

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    2. Right, the TextNow app works similarly to Hangouts. It doesn't require a TextNow Wireless phone or a TextNow account.

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    3. The app store descriptions for the app at both Google and Amazon have always given the impression SMS texts are free to make/receive over WiFi, however the "free" voice calls over WiFi require watching ads to earn credits or purchasing them outright. Has the latter changed, or is TextNow merely stating this existing capability?

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    4. TextNow give you a phone number phone and hangout does not.

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    5. Hangouts uses you Google Voice number. Google Voice numbers are free. I don't see how that's any different then what Text Now does.

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    6. @Jason in Portland: According to TextNow's press release they are making calls from the app to the US and Canada free. You'll presumably still be able to watch videos to earn credits which can soon be used to make international calls.

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    7. @Jason in Portland: According to TextNow's press release they are making calls from the app to the US and Canada free. You'll presumably still be able to watch videos to earn credits which can soon be used to make international calls.

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    8. Don't want a Google Voice Number and make you have to sign up for one. I want to given a number without having to sign up for a account.TextNow is better. Google voice can only call to people with hangout. TextNow you can call to anybody with or without hangout app on their phone.

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    9. Don't you have to sign up for a TextNow number?

      You can call any phone number with Google Voice or Hangouts, WiFi calls to any US or Canadian number are free with Hangouts.

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    10. Textnow is nice and simple while hangout and Google voice is too complicated to set up in other words. Simplistic is better complicated is not. I have taken a look at hang out Google Voice is giving me a headache trying to figure it out.

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  2. for all you HOT SPOT users note that their unlimited 2g is very limited of 170 megabytes a day And max for 5 days before being suspended .
    understandable considering the pricing But data users should see and read their fair use policy for details !

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  3. The prices seem not much better than the recently updated Verizon prepaid, which gives you a lot more value.

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  4. "Value" judgment comments drive me crazy -- so pretentious. "Value" is subjective -- it depends on the individual's personal preferences... so don't assume everyone has the same "values" that you do. For instance, if someone only needs 500MB of high-speed data for their smartphone and Sprint coverage is acceptable (not to mention that you have WiFi calling baked in), show me which Verizon prepaid plan comes even close to $18.99 per month. Or is it good "value" to pay over twice that for more data and coverage than you need? Sheesh.

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    1. Nothing subjective here: Sprint is a lot worse than Verizon. If cost were no object, Sprint would have no customers other than a few old ladies who don't know how to change out of it. The rest would go to Verizon

      The "acceptible" Sprint coverage is objectively a lot worse.

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    2. "Sprint is a lot worse than Verizon." is a completely subjective and vacuous statement. And obviously, you don't even know how to SPELL "acceptible" (sic), let alone determine what's acceptable for the 330M people in the USA. Especially the folks who get a strong Sprint signal and no bars at all on Verizon.

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    3. I should have qualified by saying that the Sprint NETWORK is far worse than Verizon. My mistake. With the new wording, all possibility of subjectivity is eliminated. No need to discuss the meaningless pejorative "vacuous".

      Meaningless pejoratives, along with spelling flames, tell there own story, and its not one thaf you would like...

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    4. "Sprint NETWORK is far worse than Verizon." is still subjective and vacuous. Comparing a network to a company is also senseless. Want to try for a third strike? ;-)

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