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textPlus Gold Free Text + Calls for Android Phones, Tablets + Kindle Fire + Fire Phone

by textPlus, Inc.
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)

Price: $2.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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This app needs permission to access:

  • Monitor, modify, or abort outgoing calls
  • Write to external storage
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 5.9.9
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004ZFK600
  • Release Date: May 5, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • textPlus turns your Kindle Fire into a phone
  • Always free text to anyone in the US or Canada
  • Cheap phone calls to any number worldwide
  • Message or call other textPlus users for free
  • New: Make and receive calls on your Kindle Fire
  • New: Get incoming message and call notifications
  • New: Choose between light and dark theme

Product Description

Always get Free Text / SMS to anyone in the US or Canada, cheap phone calls to any number in the world on your Android phone, tablet or Kindle Fire. Message and call other textPlus users for free. It's your choice. Keeping in touch made simple, cheap and hassle free. textPlus -- the downloadable alternative to expensive mobile phone plans.

textPlus is perfect for:
- Free Text / SMS to any US or Canadian mobile number
- More than just free SMS texting. Get cheap domestic calling and international calling
- Free Messaging and Free phone calls to the other 60 million textPlus users around the world. Best free messenger
- Ad-Free texting and calling

textPlus also lets you do more:
- Turn your tablet and Kindle Fire into a phone
- Text message / SMS and call on your tablet, phone and WiFi device
- WiFi texting and calling
- Travel worry-free with cheap calling so you never have to deal with expensive international add-on plans or surprise bills.
- Text / SMS back to the US or Canada for free when traveling abroad
- Group texting / messaging
- Save tons of money on your mobile plan

Your Global Phone. Free & cheap phone calls anywhere in the world:
- Make HD-quality phone calls on WiFi. Always works on 3G or 4G connections, too
- Save up to 98% on international calling vs. major cell phone plans and other calling services
- No up-front costs, contracts or hidden fees

One textPlus account across all of your screens:
- Your textPlus inbox lives in the cloud, so your Texts / SMS and phone calls are always in sync no matter which device you’re on
- Phone calls and texting on any of your devices

*Hardware microphone or bluetooth support is required to make calls
*Enable push notifications to receive incoming calls. If push is not supported on the device, users may only make outgoing calls.

Questions? Email

Technical Details

Size: Varies by device (14.6MB - 14.7MB)
Version: 5.9.9
Developed By: textPlus, Inc. ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Monitor, modify, or abort outgoing calls
  • Write to external storage
  • Write SMS messages
  • 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
  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Write (but not read) the user's contacts data
  • Read only access to device state
  • Read SMS messages
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
  • Broadcast sticky intents
  • Use SIP service
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Record audio
  • Access information about networks
  • Send SMS messages
  • Monitor incoming MMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
  • Modify global audio settings
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Disable the keyguard
  • Allows sending in-app billing requests and managing in-app billing transactions
  • Open network sockets
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
  • Read or write the system settings
  • Broadcast an SMS receipt notification
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Change network connectivity state
Minimum Operating System: Varies by device
Approximate Download Time: Less than 2 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome App June 24, 2011
Verified Purchase
I've been using the free Textplus app for the last couple of weeks, decided to go Gold today for myself and my daughter, it's great, no adds, popup window works great & we can send pictures too. I dropped my $30 a month family texting plan when I saw how well Textplus works. I still have to pay data charges with my phone company but the amount of data I've been using with textplus is very small. I could not be happier.

October 12, 2011 Awesome App Part 2

I wish I could put this in a separate review but we are only allowed one review per purchase. I've contacted TextPlus twice since my first review on June 24. About 2 months ago I asked for a local area code for my TextPlus Gold number which I was promptly given. Today I changed my user name. This company is great to work with. Their customer service I would continue to rate at *****.
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679 of 784 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
First off, the app does exactly what it says if you read the description. It says you have to register for an account and you are giving a "texting phone number" right in the description. This is similar to Google Voice except without the voice. Another feature is that you can add your phone texts to it as well which shows up under a separate box, but as the authors of the program stated, messages replied to through your phone are subject to charges per your plan. This should be obvious that they can't spoof your number to route it through their system, but after reading some of the reviews on here, I guess even the obvious needs to be pointed out.

You will probably like this app if you don't have unlimited texting on your cell plan OR if you are like me and install it on your Android tablet (in my case a Nook Color) which gives you the ability to text through the tablet. That is a huge plus!

The chat rooms are *interesting* but as some reviewers pointed out, there is a lot of foul language in the few I went into. So if foul language offends you, you probably don't want to use the chat rooms.
With that said, the developers might want to consider a language filter as a new feature, but the language used by our society should not be held against a software developer.

Overall this is a good program that can bring texting to multiple people who otherwise couldn't do it or couldn't afford it. $2.99 once is a lot cheaper than $2.99 or more a month!!!
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for tablets May 24, 2011
Verified Purchase
wow allot of people on here don't understand or care that this is a lifesaver if you are just paying for a data plan or even better just using an off brand tablet and now you have texting ability that didn't exist prior. Not everyone can get google voice, it will not run on my coby tablet and this will.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE for tablets! May 24, 2011
Verified Purchase
This app is an absolute must have for tablets. If you're like me, you've probably been frustrated at the fact your Xoom or other device can't send a simple text message. Well now you can! And without having to pay per message fees or for expensive bundles!

If your phone has SMS already, but your provider charges for messaging, this app can save you money there.

If your provider gives you unlimited messaging as part of your service (like Sprint), then this app isn't as useful, but it still has a few other features like group texting.
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431 of 502 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
People keep down rating this because they have unlimited text plans. Well for the rest Of us, this is great. Unlimited messaging without having to force someone else to get the app like with kik or liveprofile. Great app! Especially for free!
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433 of 505 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lol May 24, 2011
By A Customer
I have unlimited text, but this is a great app for people who don't. My roommate uses it and it works just fine, she has a iphone and is frugal, so she decided not to have a unlimited text plan. Also, I am able to text her with no does come from a diff number, but it is saved in my phone as her text number. BTW... I think it's hilarious to read criticism of the concept and not the app itself.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best txt app for tablet devices May 24, 2011
By A. Lim
Verified Purchase
First, most of the bad reviews for this app are based on wrong assumptions. Not ALL android devices, as of today, come with google voice. Honeycomb tablets are android devices and google voice is not included (so far, hopefully in the future). Also, not everyone has unlimited text. My asus transformer HC tablet is wifi-only and does not carry a text plan.
To whoever wrote that you need this app on other devices to txt is wrong. Most likely never used this app and just made up stuff on what he think this is about. I have text to my other text apps as well as phones on diffrent carriers and it goes through fine. They don't need to have this app for me to txt with them.
It's a shame most of the bad reviews are based on how useless this app is to them and not actually reviews on the app itself. Bet most did not even bother trying out the app before reviewing.
If you don't need this app, just pass it on, you don't need to leave a bad review for it.
I am NOT affilited with this app. Just ranting on people giving bad reviews for an app they haven't tried.

I have been looking for decent text app for my tablet for awhile and I have finally found it. Thanks Amazon! Text apps that works on the iphone currently is not compatiable for HC tablet. Some works for android 2x but not 3.0.

This is the best txt app I have tried so far for the honeycomb tablet. Everything works well, layout is great. Only thing that doesn't work so far is I am not able to send picture text message. Get an error when I try to send.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
This purchase was useless, his exactly the same as the free version
Published 4 days ago by sramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars still learning
Still learning to use this app. ( do to being old)
Published 9 days ago by melissa shepard
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
this app it's free on the iPhone app
Published 12 days ago by ghamdan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 16 days ago by Mike Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars love this app
this is an AWESOME APP u should get it there is also a free one cheack that out <3 SHANE DAWESOME
Published 19 days ago by Davis.
5.0 out of 5 stars great app
I don't understand all the negative reviews this app works great and cost so little.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Lippert
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic app
I could care less about all the 'permissions' those are just all things an app CAN do. Not always what it WILL do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A.M. Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job.
Free text messaging is exactly what I need. Docked a star because the updates can be buggy on the Kindle Fire, but they do get straightened out eventually.
Published 1 month ago by pacific standard simon
4.0 out of 5 stars works great!
Except that it changes your phone number every 8-12 months. I paid for the gold and hope it remains steady
Published 1 month ago by Ngan Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars works ok sometimes there is a problem and i keep ...
works ok sometimes there is a problem and i keep free verison. they have updated it to nextplus and you can't use that on a kindle so this one day might be gone
Published 2 months ago by Bettyboop
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Difference between free and gold textplus?
The latest free version of textPlus has ads and supports voice calling (v5.4.0.155).
textPlus Gold from Amazon Appstore has no ads and no voice calling (v5.4.1.109).
textPlus Gold from Google Play Store has no ads and supports voice calling.
When will Amazon get the same version of textPlus Gold... Read More
Sep 4, 2012 by MrNara |  See all 3 posts
I just increased my volume to highest level and it notifies me just fine. Best of luck
Jun 2, 2014 by Melvin Swerlein |  See all 5 posts
help with ?
I have a Kindle Fire, when I loaded the free TextPlus I noticed that I was "logged out" when not actively texting, and would have to log back in to receive messages. Have they fixed the Text Notifier? And can you leave it running in the background to continue receiving your texts?
Sep 5, 2012 by Jacqui Bulkley |  See all 4 posts
finding a username that works
No you can try this if u want
Dec 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
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