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TextNow

by Enflick, Inc.
Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,558 customer reviews)

Price: FREE
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.7.5
  • Bug fixes. Note: The only device that supports In-app purchase and calling feature is the Kindle Fire 2nd Gen (Model: KFOT). On other devices, store/calling is disabled.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B009HHX414
  • Release Date: October 3, 2012
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,558 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Your own dedicated phone number
  • Send & receive unlimited texts, for free!
  • Make and receive voice calls
  • Earn credits towards calling by completing partnered offers or purchase minute packs!
  • Free & unlimited voice calls with other TextNow users as well as for incoming calls!
  • Full picture messaging: send, receive and save pictures!
  • Voicemail, emoticons, signatures, customizable backgrounds, text-tone, ringtone & vibration, quick reply
  • Real texting and calling: text and call ANY regular phone number
  • TextNow.com - text from your computer too! All messages seamlessly synchronize with your mobile device.

Product Description

TextNow gives you your very own dedicated phone number with which you can text and call for free.

Highlights:
• Your own dedicated phone number
• Send & receive unlimited texts, for free!
• Make and receive voice calls
• Earn credits towards calling by completing partnered offers or purchase minute packs!
• Free & unlimited voice calls with other TextNow users as well as for incoming calls!
• Full picture messaging: send, receive and save pictures!
• Voicemail
• Emoticons :-)
• Signatures: append your own signature to each text
• Customizable text-tone, ringtone & vibration
• Customizable backgrounds
• Assign individual contacts their own ringtone & background
• Quick Reply to quickly and easily respond to friends
• Real texting and calling: text and call ANY regular phone number
• TextNow.com - text from your computer too! All messages seamlessly synchronize with your mobile device.

* Note: calling & credits not available yet on Kindle Fire HD.

Technical Details

  • Size: 15.8MB
  • Version: 2.7.5
  • Developed By: Enflick, Inc. (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Write to external storage
    • Read the low-level system log files
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed
    • Read the user's contacts data
    • Write (but not read) the user's contacts data
    • Read only access to device state
    • Read SMS messages
    • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Broadcast sticky intents
    • Access information about networks
    • Record audio
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Send SMS messages
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
    • Modify global audio settings
    • com.google.android.providers.gsf.permission.READ_GSERVICES
    • Disable the keyguard
    • Allows sending in-app billing requests and managing in-app billing transactions
    • Read or write the system settings
    • Open network sockets
    • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Call any phone number, including emergency numbers, without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 2 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2,063 of 2,256 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars textNow vs. textPlus (Updated 3/12/13) December 18, 2012
Verified Purchase
I downloaded this app to really see if it was better then textPlus. I ran a few tests to see the difference. Here are the results. Results are for the Kindle Fire HD.
PROs for both:
-They both send free text msgs.
-They can send picture msgs.
-They can receive picture msgs.

CONs for both:
-Neither can make phone calls (both claim that they can)

textNow PROs:
-No limit on text msg characters.
-Latest version does receive a notification when you have a new msg.

textNow CONs:
-Picture msgs must be send to the @textnow.me email address in order to receive then on the app.
-(if updated to the newest version the call button shows up but still doesn't work. When you try to call it freezes.)

textPlus PROs:
-Pictures can be sent directly to the number.
-(if updated to the newest version you can call)
-Now notifications come through when you have a new msg.

textPlus CONs:
-Limited characters on each text.
-When you send a picture to someone they get a link to the picture instead of the actual picture.

Summary:
Both are very easy to use. In the end I give it to textNow, because you can send and receive pictures normally without any links. Also it's a bit faster on receiving msgs. Thanks for reading and hope this helps.

Updated: If you want to know how to update it post a comment [...]... Thanks!!!
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1,436 of 1,621 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than textplus October 21, 2012
Verified Purchase
This app was the best. It has absolutely no limit to the amount of characters I can type in a text. It let's me describe things in extreme detail where I couldn't with textplus because of the character limit. It also doesn't freeze like Textplus tends to. This app is WAY better than Textplus
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1,181 of 1,352 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1kazillian stars November 19, 2012
By slynch
Verified Purchase
this is better than other text app ive had even textplus.
it can call. text send and recieve pics and more and no typing limit. ThankYou technology
FREE PHONEE!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Free Texting App Ever! February 21, 2013
By Julie
Verified Purchase
Love this app!! I have a Kindle Fire, and started out using Text+, which I didn't really like. Then I decided to try Text Now. I am not disappointed!!
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182 of 206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids on Kindle January 18, 2013
Verified Purchase
This is a great app for kids with no phone but want to text. Text Plus gives access to chat rooms that I don't want my kids to have access to, but Text Now is JUST texting. Though I like this app, there are some negatives that I hope they will fix.
On Kindle Fire:
It doesn't refresh automatically (but none of the text apps do)
The sound notification doesn't work on Kindle
There is no notification of any kind on Kindle (you must refresh the screen yourself)
And it doesn't currently allow for building a contact list, so my kids have to type in the number each time if they clear their conversations.

It's a very basic texting app that, again, fits the purpose for which I need. If they fix the bugs for use on Kindle, it will go from a good app to an awesome app!
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445 of 513 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome ! . ! October 15, 2012
This App. Is Just Like A Phone. You Can Text Send Pictures, Just Like A Regular Phone . Only Problem Is You Have To Have Wifi. Other Than That You Have A Free Phone You Can Text Off Of!!
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120 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kindle fire can receive picture texts! December 4, 2012
Verified Purchase
I just got this app the other day and read some of the reviews that some of you with kindle fire wasn't able to receive picture text. Don't worry you can, but there is a trick...lol...if you press the settings button and go into My Profile you will see a Texting Address. It will kind of look like a email address. Whoever is sending you a picture text has to send it to the texting address not your texting phone number. Hope this has helped those who have kindle fire. I rated this app a 4 because I don't like having too refresh the page to see if I got a new text. also the notification sound doesn't work when I get a new text. this app could use a little more work, but is very handy too have.
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227 of 264 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware-- Adult Ads are on this app February 20, 2013
Verified Purchase
I purchased this app so my kids could use the tablet at home to text my husband and I. I had it with me for a meeting, and looked down below the phone numbers to see a small banner with, "Nikki wants to text you." Funny...I have a sister with that name. I clicked on it and it opened an adult website.

Considering that parents may want to download a free texting app for their KIDS to use, this company and this app needs to be more selective in WHO and WHAT they allow to be advertised. I would rather pay money for a texting app that would be safe from harmful ads than have this garbage pop up.

Does the texting app work? Yes..it is great. But I will be looking for one that has cleaner ads.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars talktone
If you want to make calls free messages and a new number get talktone I love it but if you want to facetime get oovoo
Published 4 days ago by Valeria Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't text, now I can!
I have a kindle and could never text my friends and now with this app I can!
Published 5 days ago by Erick C. Darrow
1.0 out of 5 stars 😌dont like it
I don think I like this app be cause if you have it on a tablet it won't let you do any thing
Published 5 days ago by brooklyn jaeann
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work right on the phone. Wants me to ...
Doesn't work right on the phone. Wants me to connect to FB or to Email but won't let me have contacts unless they are on my FB or in my Email.
Published 6 days ago by Becca
5.0 out of 5 stars luvvmekeia
I think that this is a good app but some people may use it for if there phone is off and can't pay it I am now a fan
Published 7 days ago by lakeiagilmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Still better than paying for texting
Needs improvement. Tends to send my texts twice and doesn't link well with my iPhone contacts. Still better than paying for texting.
Published 7 days ago by Laura Kesner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great app
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars hate it
I hate it I hate it I hate it is dumb I cant call or text it is tucking dumb
Published 9 days ago by i hate it let kindles call
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks
Published 17 days ago by lenny shawn green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
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