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TextNow Adds New $9.99 Unlimited Talk and Text Only Plan

WiFi-First Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO TextNow Wireless has added a new low cost plan to its lineup. Called the Starter Plan, it offers unlimited voice and texting but no user accessible data for $9.99 per month.

Most calls and texts on TextNow actually do use data behind the scenes. That's because TextNow is primarily a VoIP operator.  In the case of the Starter plan, data is available but only for calling and messaging through TextNow's app, data access by other apps, including browsers, is blocked.

TextNow uses data for all calling and texting with one exception. The Sprint network devices sold by TextNow have the ability to fall back to traditional cellular voice for calls when the data connection is too poor to support VoIP.  If you bring your own phone, regardless of whether it's a Sprint phone or a GSM phone using a TextNow T-Mobile based SIM,  cellular voice fallback is not available and all calls are VoIP.

With the addition of the Starter Plan, TextNow's plan lineup is:
  • Starter - $9.99 for unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada
  • Tall - $19.99 for 1.5 GB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada
  • Grande - $27.99 for 3 GB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada 
  • Venti - $39.99 for 5 GB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada 
  • Quattro - $59.99 for 10 GB of 3G/4G data, unlimited 2G data and unlimited texting and calling to the US and Canada 
If you need more than one line, TextNow offers Family Plan discounts on additional lines of its higher priced plans. Prices for additional lines are $20.99 for the Grande plan, $29.99 for the Venti Plan and $44.99 for the Quattro plan.

You can compare all TextNow plans against each other and plans from other carriers at Wirefly.

TextNow service is on the native network of either T-Mobile or Sprint, depending on which device or BYOP SIM you are using. Service includes calling and messaging using a computer, tablet or phone as well as  voice mail transcription and call forwarding.  SIMs are currently free with plan purchase and plan prices include all taxes and fees. According to TextNow's support FAQ hotspot is "... not officially supported by TextNow. So although it may work with your device, if it does not we cannot guarantee that feature will be available for you."

Source: TextNow via Prepaid Mobile Phone Reviews

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  1. Eh, it's all about unlimited unthrottled everything now.

    If you can't offer at least that much, you might as well close up shop.

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    1. Why, I don't need unlimited therefore my fee should be less. Why should I pay more so that you can have unlimited. Instead of them "closing shop" how about you lay down your phone on occasion.

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  2. So to be clear MMS(Picture Messaging) will work with the $9.99 plan??? if so this plan is AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. The $9.99 plan does not support MMS over cellular data, only talk and text.

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    2. Are you sure? The free app supports unlimited talk, text and mms. No MMS on a paid plan would seem pretty bonkers.

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    3. On TextNow paid plans, MMS data is not zero rated and counts against the high speed data allotment. The $9.99 plan doesn't have a data allotment for anything but talk and text so MMS would only work on WiFi.

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    4. Hey! I work for TextNow Wireless, and can confirm that MMS is included (for free) with the Starter plan :)

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  3. Can TextNow phones be used on Boost or Virgin if TextNow shuts down?

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    1. Maybe, but it's complicated. There are two issues.
      1. TextNow phones have TextNow firmware which only works with TextNow. You would have to flash the stock Sprint, Boost or Virgin firmware which may not be available for all TextNow phones.
      2. Sprint has separate whitelists for Sprint MVNO phones, Sprint postpaid phones, Boost phones and Virgin phones. A phone can only be in one whitelist at a time. TextNow phones are on the MVNO whitelist, so with stock firmware they would work on other Sprint MVNOs like Ting, Tello or Twiggy, but not on Boost or Virgin.

      To you use a TextNow phone on Boost or Virgin you would need to find someone, most likely a Sprint or Sprint MVNO employeee, who can switch the phone to the right whitelist.

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  4. For another $7 a month go with redpocket's annual plan - unlimited talk/text, 1GB of lte data. Includes traditional cellular voice services on any of the 4 networks. Or a cheaper plan if 1000 min/texts a month is enough. Sorry, just not a fan of these voip only options.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Pocket-360-Day-Prepaid-Wireless-Phone-Plan-Best-Value-No-Contract-SIM-Kit/131826932370

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    1. Paying $7 more a month for a real cellular plan on better networks without having to use a proprietary phone makes a lot more sense to me as well.

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    2. You mean $8 more? The URL you posted was the $18 plan.

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    3. $205/12 = $17.08 per month.

      Are you really going to argue over a dollar?

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    4. Seems you're the one arguing DJ!

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  5. If you wanted this plan, you should have signed up for it 4 years ago when Republic first offered it. They even offer roaming on Verizon. Phones were more expensive, though. Still grandfathered in off you didn't break your phone in that time. Text Now is offering a half baked VoIP service on top of the worst cellular network, for far too high a price. Freedom Pop plus Hangouts is better than this, with zero monthly charge! RedPocket's $7/mo plan would be better, and can be complemented by Hangouts over WiFi when you're in range. Can't see any reason for Text Now.

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