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TextNow

by Enflick, Inc.
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,214 customer reviews)

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

What's new in version 2.7.1
  • Removed Google Analytics from the app. No other changes.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B009HHX414
  • Original 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 (1,214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146 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: 24.1MB
  • Version: 2.7.1
  • 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
    • com.amazon.device.messaging.permission.RECEIVE
    • 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 4 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1,991 of 2,176 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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1,405 of 1,587 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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1,162 of 1,332 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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156 of 176 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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435 of 502 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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107 of 121 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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36 of 38 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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108 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good app, few problems. November 23, 2012
Verified Purchase
It is WAY better than textplus. The only problems are that sometimes I get texts like, 2 hours after it is sent, and it does not have a built-in contacts list.
Other than that, This is an Amazing app.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than text plus!!
Here are some reasons why
1. You can get picture messages
2. You can set a background
3. You receive text much faster
4. Emojis are available
5. Read more
Published 3 minutes ago by Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars your app
I had to wait ten minutes waiting to text because of your app I can't believe an app would do that
Published 5 hours ago by cool dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This app is so amazing! I am now able to text my fiends even if I don't have a cell phone! Sooo good
Published 10 hours ago by fun and awesome game
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazballs
I love Text Now it's way easier to reach my friends and my family! Text Now is an awesome game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 17 hours ago by top
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Used this app for some time and I love it does what it is supposed too. Easy to use and easy to load
Published 1 day ago by Paul vanOverbeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great texting app
I love text now it's better than text plus. And now with the new update u can call other people with the text now app on any device! Works great!
Published 2 days ago by Swimgirl0312
5.0 out of 5 stars text
I love it and my daughter love it. great way to talk to your friends. great price and fun for whole family to use
Published 2 days ago by Heart Breaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Contact list would be nice
A contact list with names would be nice. It's a simple app and that is basically what I was looking for.
Published 2 days ago by Maria V
5.0 out of 5 stars text now
Get text now it's a fun way to chat with friends or send pictures .you also can do a group messages
Published 3 days ago by 7xxxxbunniehorsexxxx7
1.0 out of 5 stars awful!
It gave out different phone numbers to my contacts when I texted them and someone kept texting me task my for an Alyia Howerd and I kept saying this is not Alyia Howerd you have... Read more
Published 3 days ago by lisa hooper
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