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Updated: You May Now Bring Your Own GSM Device to TextNow

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Earlier today, TextNow announced a new offering they have for potential customers. According to the announcement, the formerly Sprint-only MVNO has expanded its wireless offers to make their service available to customers who wish to bring their own GSM devices to the network. All they have to do is pick up a TextNow SIM Card and use it with a compatible device they already have. After this, they will already be able to enjoy the affordable service provided by the MVNO, which starts at $13.99 per month (inclusive of unlimited talk, text and data).

According to TextNow, they are now offering service on a GSM network as well as the Sprint CDMA service that they have been providing since 2013.  A TextNow spokesperson told ne that they can't name the GSM network for contractural reasons. However, TextNow's SIM card order page says that they can provide SIMs that are compatible with T-Mobile  phones. The new TextNow GSM coverage map shows T-Mobile native coverage. That makes it obvious that TextNow is using T-Mobile for GSM.

TextNow has been able to prove itself to be a competitive alternative over traditional carrier models. This is because TextNow makes use of custom software that manages to seamlessly switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. As a result, it is able to offer lower data and wireless network usage that customers get to enjoy and save money from. Traditional carrier plans have an average cost of about $1,000 per year whereas TextNow has offers with annual prices as low as $168 with no overage costs, hidden fees and contracts. With the availability of the new TextNow SIM Card, users will be able to enjoy these benefits on a device they brought into the MVNO. And as more and more customers look for an affordable phone plan they can get, it is only natural for TextNow to gain popularity and momentum.

Customers who are interested in getting a TextNow SIM Card may do so through the website. The SIM card costs $5 and includes free month of service.

Updated 12/14 with information about TextNow's new GSM service.

Source: TextNow

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  1. Sprint compatible device only? Will unlocked GSM phones work?

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    1. Not unless the phone is also compatible with Sprint, like the unlocked S7 Edge SM-G935U.

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    2. You can buy a SIM card for an unlocked GSM phone now. Check the website

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  2. can we have some examples of compatible devices we already have?

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  3. Textnow still VoIP for calling like FreedomPop?

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    1. WiFi first, if available, then Sprint if WiFi is unavailable.

      See FAQs:
      https://www.textnow.com/wireless/

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    2. The launch of our new SIM card now opens us up to the GSM network as well, not just Sprint!

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  4. And then if Sprint is unavailable, as it is in most places...

    Ah. get a Gophone instead!

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  5. Text now is garbage go with cricket

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  6. TextNow appears to also offer service on T-Mobile/GSM phones.
    From https://www.textnow.com/wireless/sim-card

    Is my phone eligible?
    Must be a Sprint, T-Mobile, or unlocked device with either Android or iOS operating system.

    You can find this on the right side of the page towards the bottom of the page.

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    1. Thanks, the post has been updated based on your comment

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  7. Interesting. But I would never go back to dealing with them again, even on AT&T/T-Mobile networks. Cricket/GoPhone much better deal.

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  8. Stop the press; are we talking sprint AND Tmobile??! Or is it: sprint OR tmobile?? If it an it would be a first and BIG news!

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    1. Sprint OR T-Mobile. Only Project Fi offers both on the same phone.

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  9. Yet another Sprint MVNO that's found a better network partner. Now the only interesting ones still stuck on Sprint are Tello and RingPlus.
    Btw, Republic Wireless also offers service on T-Mobile. This isn't news but the (t) is missing from Republic Wireless on the sidebar. And why does Mango Mobile have an uppercase "T" instead of the usual (t)?

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    1. T or t both just mean T-Mobile. I'll add a t (or maybe a T) to Republic.

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  10. Can I use my ZTE from metro PC's?

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  11. Do the GSM SIMs fall back to regular voice if the data connection is poor? I think on the Sprint side they only support that on their customized phones purchased from them?

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  12. As per TextNow Customer Support re question above - no, the GSM SIMs do not have fallback to regular voice service.

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  13. If text now GSM SIMs can't fall back to regular voice if the data connection is poor then that is a deal breaker. Makes me even question unlimited throttled data or ANY data use via TMO (GSM)

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