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If you’ve ever landed on our website to learn more about our wireless service, then you might have wondered: “Should I buy a new phone or bring my own when switching to TextNow?” While the service would remain exactly the same between the two, there are a few considerations to take into account before making your decision.

Purchase a Phone From TextNow

We know new phones can do some serious damage to your wallet and these high costs are a barrier to your basic need for communication. Which is why we offer a range of phones with a variety of pricing to fit any and all budgets. Our selection of new and refurbished phones come with a one-year manufacturer warranty, where our gently-used devices come with a 60-day warranty. Other perks include:

  • TextNow-enabled SIM cards pre-installed in each phone
  • Your TextNow account is linked to the phone (so no one else can use it to access their own TextNow account)

You may have seen our last post about the LG Stylo 4 Plus – a great mid-range smartphone at a good price point for anyone looking to upgrade.

The required SIM card is included when you buy a new phone from TextNow

Bring Your Own Phone

If you already have an existing phone you’d like to keep using, you can bring it to TextNow. This is a great option for those who are looking to cut costs, perhaps dread the idea of transferring all their data over to a new phone, or simply love their current phone! (If it ain’t broke, right?). If this sounds like you, here is the rundown of what to expect:

  • TextNow can only activate Sprint (CDMA) compatible phones.
  • You will also need a Sprint SIM card to connect to our network. If you already have one—great! You can get started on your TextNow service right away. If you don’t, you can purchase one from us right here (This is also where you can check for compatibility if you’re unsure).


Buy new or bring your own, either way you'll get great nationwide coverage!


Now, when it comes to the service, both options grant you access to our unique technology that gives you Free Nationwide Talk & Text right out of the box. Quality of service won’t be reduced if you bring your own phone, and both options will grant you the same freedom to change your service plans as your needs change. You can easily upgrade to remove ads or get a data add-on whenever you want.

Available add-ons for any TextNow user

So whether you bring your own, or purchase one of our phones, the bottom line is this: You can still save on your monthly phone bill by switching to TextNow. And with no contracts, you have the freedom to make your phone service your own.

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