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TextNow

by Enflick, Inc.
Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,520 customer reviews)

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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 (1,520 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420 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
2,053 of 2,245 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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1,431 of 1,616 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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1,177 of 1,348 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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44 of 46 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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179 of 203 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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442 of 510 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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118 of 133 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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220 of 256 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal.
My daughter has this on kindle to text friends. Great deal.
Published 10 hours ago by Gina Bosen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!!! Finally I can text on my kindle!
Published 2 days ago by Cathy J Colley
1.0 out of 5 stars DORS NOT WORK FOR ALL NUMBERS
DORS NOT WORK FOR ALL NUMBERS as advertised. set this up to text a brother in the Philippines and it wouldn't work. Deleting app now as it was just a waste of time.
Published 2 days ago by Mike T
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good service
Works great!!!
Published 4 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars text now
This is so awesome now that I have this I can talk to my mommy while she is at work all day and night till Saturday or Sunday and in the morning,afternoon and by the way I am like... Read more
Published 7 days ago by kailee
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I think it is awesome because I can text my friends and family
Published 8 days ago by addie
5.0 out of 5 stars I my God I love this app and I am 10
I love this app it is so fun. Me and my friend go on it all the time I love it.
Published 9 days ago by this game is great and I like to change my person
4.0 out of 5 stars text now
Wow. This is the best free Texting app I have had
Published 10 days ago by Maura Dolan
1.0 out of 5 stars This app is bad
This app is the worst. I'm constantly getting logged off and its not letting me connect it to Facebook like the chose says you can find a different app. All honestly hate it.
Published 11 days ago by kallybug18
5.0 out of 5 stars never miss a text.
Terrific to have while you are on your note pad or kindle. All my texts are never missed while on one unit!!
Published 13 days ago by Renee Barrett
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same here on text free and text plus
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