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textPlus GOLD Free Texting for Kindle Fire/Fire HD & Android Phones, Tablets
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textPlus GOLD Free Texting for Kindle Fire/Fire HD & Android Phones, Tablets

by textPlus, Inc.
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)

Price: $1.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version
  • What's New in version 5.7.2
  • textPlus just got faster and better looking:
  • ✪ A whole new look and design for an improved overall experience
  • ✪ Faster texting
  • ✪ Optimized for the Kindle Fire/Fire HD
  • ✪ Even larger photos that bring your conversations to life

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004ZFK600
  • Original Release Date: April 29, 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 (517 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Free, unlimited text to anyone in the US or Canada
  • Worldwide free app-to-app text and calls to any textPlus user worldwide
  • Quick-Reply pop-up to respond even when outside the app
  • New: Optimized texting for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD
  • New: Updated design for easier texting on phones, tablets

Product Description

Text anyone around the world for free. Break away from your mobile carrier's texting limitations and keep an open dialogue with your friends. GOGII, the makers of TextPlus Gold, believe in the importance of staying connected with friends and family-- so much, in fact, that they're willing to pay for it.

Sending and receiving text messages using textPlus Gold is totally free to you.

textPlus Gold Free Text + Group Text
Receive a quick reply pop-up outside of the app every time you have a message
textPlus Gold Free Text + Group Text
Set textPlus as your default texting app if you prefer
May the Future of Free Texting Begin

The thought of texting for free is liberating, no doubt, but textPlus Gold offers much more than savings. This app presents unique texting opportunities, enhancing and expanding text conversations. After registering and getting your free texting phone number, you'll be able to invite multiple friends into existing text conversations, create and join texting communities, meet new friends, and text from anywhere in the world, free of charge.

Replace Your Current SMS

You'll get super fast, great looking messaging that's free worldwide for you and your family or friends that have downloaded the app. There's no international charges for app-to-app messaging.

Get Free SMS

Of course, you probably have plenty of friends and family who don't have textPlus. You can send free SMS messages to any mobile phone number in the US and Canada. In fact, you can ditch your text plan all together and save as much as $240 a year by using textPlus exclusively.

Never Miss a Message

Receive a quick reply pop-up outside of the app every time you have a message. textPlus lets you respond at lightning speed from the reply box when you are outside the app.

The Group Text Revolution

The more the merrier! A group text is like a chat room. To start one, just invite friends into your conversation. Add friends to a group text easily, and at any time. Your friends can participate in group texting conversations on any mobile device, and they don't need to have textPlus Gold.

Once an invite into a chat room is accepted (via text, of course), all participants will see every response; for friends without the app, however, standard texting charges will apply. With group text capabilities, staying connected and keeping your clique tight is just made easier.

textPlus Gold Free Text + Group Text
Invite multiple friends into a conversation for a group chat
textPlus Gold Free Text + Group Text
Join or create Communities and meet people with similar interests
Communities of Liberated Texters

Free texting means an abundance of texting, so connect with new people with similar interests and spark up a conversation. A Community is a chat room for like-minded texters. Tap the Communities tab to search for existing communities, or just create your own. Form a private community and invite just your friends or create a public one and welcome fellow texters from all over the world.

Integrating textPlus Gold into Your Texting Routine
Enabling textPlus as Your Default Texting App

Enable the alert feature from within the app for instant text notifications. If you choose, you may set textPlus Gold as the default texting app. When you receive a notification, your phone will automatically take you to the textPlus app rather than your standard messaging program.

Cross Platform Capabilities

Use textPlus to text with your friends who do and don't have the app.

Tablet Support

textPlus uses 3G OR Wi-Fi, so even Android-based Tablets or non-telephone connected devices can benefit from free and unlimited texting.

Texts in the Cloud

We'll keep your texts ready for you if you're offline. Feel like signing into your account from a friend's device? That's okay too. Your texts will be waiting for you.

Please note that textPlus Gold does not replace texting capabilities using your regular phone number. You can still text using that number; however, standard texting charges will apply according to your carrier's texting plan.


• Unlimited free texting with your textPlus Gold phone number

• Three-way or Group texting

• Free texts to and within the U.S. and Canada

• Free app-to-app messaging anywhere in the world

• SMS (text) and MMS (pics) capable

• Instant notifications and quick-reply pop ups

• Access to chat Communities and the ability to create your own

• Find Facebook friends on textPlus and get notified when new Facebook friends join (notification options in settings).

• Send voice notes free app-to-app or to any 10-digit U.S. or Canadian mobile number, even if the recipient doesn't have textPlus.

• The People tab makes it easy to find and message immediately your friends on textPlus, invite friends to textPlus, or search for other users with similar interests.

Notes on Permissions from the Developer
Your Messages

textPlus has the ability to integrate your phone's (carrier's) inbox SMS messages into the textPlus app, making it more convenient to access your phone's inbox and textPlus inbox from the same place.

Network Communication

textPlus is supported through the internet, which is why we need web access. We also need web access in order to send your message pop-up notifications.

Your Accounts

textPlus conveniently pre-populates your e-mail address making the communication channel between you and textPlus as easy as possible. textPlus does not spam you or share your information with third parties.

Your Contact Info

textPlus retrieves your device's contact information to enable easy addressing of messages. textPlus does not share this information with third parties.


textPlus stores images to provide the best possible performance and best experience for our users.

Phone Calls

textPlus allows users to conveniently start a phone call directly from a phone number link within a message.

System Tools

textPlus allows the user to set textPlus as their default text application, so that texts are delivered directly through textPlus.

Services That Cost You Money

When using your Phone's SMS inbox from within the app, you will be charged according to your regular SMS plan. For free and unlimited texts, use only textPlus and not your phone's SMS inbox. When not on Wi-fi, textPlus traffic also uses 3G data, which may result in carrier charges if you are not on an unlimited data plan.

PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by going to the Settings menu from within the Amazon Appstore.

Developer Info
textPlus is committed to innovating and delivering a next gen texting experience through enabling, enhancing and expanding text conversations to any device. textPlus currently provides customers with next generation text messaging through its flagship product, textPlus. textPlus provides FREE 1:1 texting and group texting through our sponsor supported app- on iPhone, iPod touch and Android.

Technical Details

  • Size: 11.6MB
  • Version:
  • 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
    • Read the low-level system log files
    • Write SMS messages
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
    • 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
    • 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
    • Access information about networks
    • Record audio
    • 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
    • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
    • Open network sockets
    • Read or write the system settings
    • Broadcast an SMS receipt notification
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Change network connectivity state
    • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars texting to Canada May 24, 2011
By Sk8Fan
All of the people complaining that this app is useless if you have unlimited texting arent taking into account the fact that TMo now charges for US / Canada texts. I have a lot of friends in Canada & thanks to this app, we can text back and forth without international texting charges. Google voice doesnt do that. This is simple and useful. Shame on those giving neg reviews solely because they dont need the app.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for me May 24, 2011
By A Customer
Verified Purchase
This is exactly the kind of app I need. I have a WiFi only tablet and now I can sit in the coffee shop and chat with my friends while I'm browsing or playing games. the community features are an added bonus too. oh yeah, and its FREE
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661 of 761 people found the following review helpful
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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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56 of 61 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. and npt everyone can get google voice, it will not run on my coby tablet and this will.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for global travelers May 24, 2011
By Aurtach
Verified Purchase
As an American that lives in South Korea this app is great. It allows me to text all my friends back home for free with ease. I brought my Evo 4g with me and just use it as a WiFi device. So as long as i have a WiFi signal (which are plentiful here and i have WiFi at home and work) my friends and I can text each other even though I don't have a texting plan.

Ignore the bad ratings. this app does what it sets out to do. Not everyone is in the situation of have unlimited texting or even a cell phone plan with their android device.

Would give it 5 stars, but the MMS was not working for me. My friends were not receiving my pics, and I wasn't receiving theirs either.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my xoom May 24, 2011
Verified Purchase
Quite similar to Google Voice, but GV is not native yet for xoom and requires a hacked version to work. I installed this and tested by sending a text to my evo phone which does'nt have this program installed and it worked great. No need to use on my phone since I have unlimited text, but it's a great alternative for my tablet which I seem to use much more than phone lately.
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50 of 54 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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424 of 493 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Jeanettes review
This app is a piece of crap. I installed this piece of crap, but it did not do what it was supposed to do. I do not recommend this piece of crap app.
Published 5 days ago by Jeanette
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally great app.
Only problem I have with this app is that recently, and I'm not sure if it's just me, the app closes a lot while I'm in it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by jries14
5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST texting app available!
this is hands down the BEST texting app available! I have SMS on my phone but sometimes when I am parked in my recliner and don't want to get up and get my phone I just text right... Read more
Published 10 days ago by J. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars this app is ok
It is only good for texting, unless the other person has the app and an iphone. You cant call or walkie talkie on the kindle, thats why you see the android being used in the last... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gabe
3.0 out of 5 stars my review
I love this app it's easy to send and get text messages but I can't put pictures on my contacts and I am very angry about that.that is one of the main things about text plus gold. Read more
Published 15 days ago by ryls2467
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond incredible
This app is awesome !!!it is great to get your social life started without this app I would text my mom!!
Published 17 days ago by youdontneedtoknow
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an awesome program to text off of the Kindle Fire. I used it before having texting on my phone and it is great!
Published 17 days ago by Lynn A. Bogart
3.0 out of 5 stars No Pictures
The app works pretty much like it's supposed to, but I still can't receive pictures which is something the app is supposed to be able to do.
Published 18 days ago by Awesomeness
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, awesome, what else can i say
I don't have a cell phone but everyone I know does and the text gold app is a great way for me to stay in touch with everyone through texting. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Maria Vasquez
1.0 out of 5 stars Getting app problem
Downloaded free version, then decided to buy gold. One would have thought that user ID, etc would have transfered. NO, they were in use, chose another e-mail address. What? Read more
Published 19 days ago by Papa
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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
we all have same issue
Nov 26, 2012 by theresaaggas |  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
help with ?
You can text people who use the normal SMS (Phone Carrier) texting.
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