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TextNow, your favorite calling and texting app, has had a busy 2021. Just this month we’ve switched networks, and added free video calling to any US or Canadian number for every TextNow user.

Not bad, right? So, as the summer solstice bears down and marks the halfway point of 2021, we figured this is a perfect time to go over what we have for you, the intrepid consumer. Get ready!

The Basics

TextNow is an app you can download for your Android or iOS  smartphone or tablet. The app works over your WiFi connection, or over your device’s data plan. If you’re more of a stationary person as opposed to mobile, you can also use TextNow right through your desktop’s browser. Both the app and the browser are supported by ads, which means it costs you nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Goose egg. Free calling and texting to any number in the US or Canada for the very affordable cost of zero dollars. Cost: $0

And if you want to talk to people outside of the US or Canada, you can purchase International Calling Credits right through the app.

The Extras

If you want something a little spicier to go with your vanilla TextNow, we have a couple of ways to supercharge your TextNow.

Premium numbers: When you sign up for TextNow, you can either pick a number from our regular pool of numbers, or pick from one of the Premium numbers. Premium numbers are “easy to remember” numbers like say 555-555-1001 or 555-555-1234 for example. Buying a premium number subscription will lock the number to your account for as long as you have the subscription active. Cost: $4.99/month (US)

Lock-In Number: Even if you don’t have a Premium Number, you can still buy our Locked-In number add-on, which will keep your number locked to your account for as long as your locked-in subscription is active. Also locking in your number allows you to receive verification codes from other services. Cost: $4.99/month

Ad-Free Lite: For those who truly hate most ads, but can handle one, you can purchase our Ad-Free Lite subscription,  which removes all ads except the banner ad in the bottom. Cost: $1.99/month

Ad-Free+: And for those who hate ALL ads, there’s Ad-free on steroids, aka Ad-Free+, which removes all the ads from TextNow — banner, and in-line ads. Cost: $9.99/month

Ditch The Wi-fi

Ok, but what if you’re tired of the tyranny of WiFi and want to use TextNow off of it? We’ve got you covered there too!

Nationwide Talk & Text: First, we have our Nationwide Talk & Text (aka NWTT),  a unique offering in the phone-service world. NWTT provides talking and texting off WiFi for free with a TextNow SIM card! Yup, free. If you buy our SIM card ($4.99) , you can talk and text across the US without the need for WiFi! There’s no monthly payment. None. It’s just $4.99 for the SIM and that’s all! Cost: $4.99

And of course, you can still choose to upgrade with any of the extras or add-ons above, as you wish.

Add Some Data

2GB High Speed Data: And finally, if you need to add data to your TextNow plan, you can! Our 2GB High Speed data plan gives you 2 GB a month of high speed data, and then an unlimited amount of slower, 2G data if you go over your 2GB. No overages, or any other hidden fees. 2GB Data also bundles in Ad-Free+ benefits. Cost: $19.99/month.

Whew! That’s a lot of options. If you want to find out more about TextNow, or even just take the app for a test drive, head on over to!

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