TextNow has added a new, less expensive plan to its lineup. Priced at $9.99/month, the new plan, which is only available to new customers, includes unlimited voice calling and messaging and 100 MB of full speed data. After the first 100 MB of data is used in a month, unlimited data at 2G speeds is available for the rest of the month.
TextNow also seems to have discontinued its highest priced plan which included unlimited talk and text and 4 GB of high speed data for $59.99/month.
With the latest changes, the TextNow plan line up looks like this:
- $9.99 for 100 MB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada
- $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
You can use your own iPhone or Android phone with TextNow by installing a TextNow app, but the company doesn't recommend it. Without the custom OS cellular voice fall back won't be available and all calls will be made using VOIP.
TextNow offers a number of phones at reasonable prices. However the prices aren't quite as affordable as they used to be. It looks like TextNow raised the prices of several of its least expensive phones at that the same time as it launched the new $9.99 plans. For example, the Moto E, which had been selling for $4.99 refurbished and $19.99 new, is now $34.99 refurbished and $39.99 new. On the other hand many of TextNow's higher end phones are still very aggressively priced, including the refurbished 32 GB Nexus 5 for $149.99 and the brand new Samsung Galaxy 5 at $199.99.
Update 5/31/2016: The $9.99 plan is now longer available. According to TextNow support it was a limited time promotion that ended 5/28/2016.