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You might be surprised to learn that TextNow has been available in one form or another for over 12 years now. Starting out as just an iOS app that many iPod Touch owners at the time loved to use to turn their iPod into a phone, it has since spread out into an Android app, a web messaging portal, even a full-fledged wireless service provider. But how did we do that? The answer is quite simple: We never stopped believing that communication belongs to everyone.

As our owner and co-founder, Derek Ting, figured out early on in 2009, the wireless service at the time (especially in Canada) seemed very much broken. At every point, there would be reasons as to why someone wouldn’t be able to connect with those that mattered. Whether that was high monthly bills, limiting calling and texting rates, or even just the sheer cost of a cell phone. And while you may think that the space has improved over the last decade, the only thing on that list that is no longer relevant (in most cases) is the calling and texting rates. Everything else remained the same—if not worse. It is no longer considered absurd to list a smartphone at $1000, or to charge customers upwards of $100/month just for the privilege of staying connected.

We’ve remained amidst this space since then, and watched this all unfold, and instead of embracing the changes, we doubled down on our original mission and continued to break down the barriers of communication. As phone manufacturers raised prices for their phones, we started sourcing certified refurbished phones and listed them on our store at a discounted price with free shipping. As carriers added on lines to their bills, we removed them all, offering free talk & text over our nationwide network (with the one-time purchase of a $4.99 SIM card) to keep people connected wherever they are. As carriers continued to charge for a phone number and wouldn’t provide it without a paid plan, we never stopped offering ours for free. And as the entire space works toward muting your voice, or making it harder for you to use it, we opened up more spaces and created more opportunities for you to use it with free calling, texting, and even video calling any number in the U.S and Canada that you want.

So, long story short: We’re here for you. But to be honest, we always were.

If you haven’t already joined us, try us out on your iPhone, Android, or even on your computer. We promise to make sure this is where your voice is heard.

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  • I purchased a sim card and it came in the mail I activated it and it was working good and then I accidentally got signed out of the app and now the SIM card will not work until I can sign back into the app using the account I purchased the SIM card with but I can not get signed back into my account it says I can only log in using my Google account because I first logged in using Google password or something like that and when I choose the Google account from the list it accts like it is going to sign in but then it brings back up the list of Google accounts and a message pops up and tells me I have to use the Google account

    • Hey Aaron!

      Can you please head over to our live chat support on help.textnow.com between 10am-5:30pm EST for further assistance? You’ll find a chat icon on the bottom right hand side, and between those business hours, the chat bot will provide you with a “get in touch” option that when selected, will re-direct you to a live representative.

  • Thank you TextNow!! The service you have provided couldn’t have come at a better time! Free phone & text is exactly what I needed for potential employers to contact me! I am extremely grateful. My number received calls and texts like any monthly provider. No dropped calls – NO PROBLEMS! Again THANKS! 😁
    Lorrie

  • Thanks for your service it’s been very helpful to me in this hard time!!

  • La aplicación muy útil, y buena,
    Me encanta Textnow

  • Thank you so much for textnow. Had it not been for the textnow app a many of my job opportunities never would have gotten to me. Therefore I would not been able to support my family. Again thank you

    • Awesome

  • Thanks yall for creating this platform. It has been there for me to talk to my family and friends when I couldn’t afford what I use too. THANK YALL FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO!!!

  • I don’t know what I would do without text now service. Thank you.

  • I relie on text now its been my life line so I thank you text now for being here and giving me a connection to be able to have spent video with my family this Thanksgiving who live in another state .I wish I could afford to get hooked up with text now and not have to rely on Wi-Fi that cuts in and out thank you and God bless everyone at text now and there families

  • Text now I suppose you can’t point me in the direction to someone who can help a homeless person get their stimulus money the person is eligible but doesn’t know what to do

    • Tell them to go online, if they can get access to a computer or a phone, and go to the IRS website. There phone numbers and other resources that may help them to find the answers they need.

  • This is by far the best FREE text & talk plan on the planet! I have had zero (0) problems with TextNow. I have been with them a couple years now and have enjoyed the growth and extra add-ons available. Come join a great team with great service!

  • I would love to have this…if it’s free l want it…thanks

  • Thank you to TextNow for being a free backup. Your program are very helpful for people everywhere. Best Holiday Season for your staff. Thank you!

  • I paid for a sim card to put in my phone and still have not received it so would you please send it to me again so i can see if it will make my phone better

    • Hey John! Sorry to hear that. Can you please head over to our live chat support on help.textnow.com between 10am-5:30pm EST for further assistance? You’ll find a chat icon on the bottom right hand side, and between those business hours, the chat bot will provide you with a “get in touch” option that when selected, will re-direct you to a live representative.

  • Been using this app for a long time, its only gotten better. Where can you post feature requests? The way spam callers work now is too overwhelming for the “block and report” way of handling it. There should be a way to block calls that aren’t in contacts, or at least send those directly to voicemail(or options to do either).

  • Just like to say that there has been times that I didn’t have a phone and text now has helped me make it threw them hard times so thank you for this app it has been a blessing in disguise.

  • Really am thankful for this app my phone broke all I can get was the internet found this app I can call my doctors again set up rides to my doctor’s appointments keep in touch with my mom she’s always worried about me she has the same app that’s how she’s able to text me we sure are thankful for that to all your friends they might be thankful to you’re the best people thanks text no

  • I’m not sure but there are times where. My calls are not going through. So in a months time I lose my number.

  • I enjoy text now, but I need a new number

  • Do people actually know when they sign up for your app for free service or purchase a SIM card they still have to have internet provider to use TextNow

    • Hey Randy! With our free app, yes, you will still need some sort of internet service, however, we provide that for free with our nationwide talk & text service (with the activation of the $5 SIM card). So you don’t have to pay for your own WiFi or worry about finding one.

  • Hunting happiness

  • How can I recover dealited messages from Tex now on

    • Unfortunately, we can’t recover deleted messages

  • I really missed this app

  • we only use the free features because we barely get enough money to feed ourselves, let alone buy a sim card. I really appreciate this service as well as the free wi-fi we manage to access. everyone needs to communicate and feel “connected” to their loved ones and even businesses that help us.

  • Great app

  • Lost my phone in our house fire. A week later I discovered this app. What a godsend! New phone can’t be activated except at a Cricket store 100 miles away. Thank you guys!!!

  • Empezar ablar contigo

  • Hay

  • Why was my number changed . i was using my acct.

    • Can you please head over to our live chat support on help.textnow.com between 10am-5:30pm EST for further assistance? You’ll find a chat icon on the bottom right hand side, and between those business hours, the chat bot will provide you with a “get in touch” option that when selected, will re-direct you to a live representative.

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