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TextNow: Free BYOP Ad-Supported Unlimited Talk & Text Plan w/ SIM Kit Purchase

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TextNow has Bring Your Own Sprint-Compatible Smartphone Plan offering Ad-Supported Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text Hybrid WiFi/Cellular Plan (No Data) for Free when you purchase a TextNow SIM Activation Kit for $9.99. Shipping is free. Thanks alee67

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  • Free (Ad-Supported) Calling & Texting Over WiFi (or using the Sprint network when not connected to WiFi) through the TextNow app
  • Unlimited Voicemails
  • Picture & video messaging
  • Group Texting
  • Conference Calling
  • Optional upgrade from Free Plan to:
    • Ad Free Call & Text Plan $9.99/mo.
    • Ad Free Call & Text + 2GB LTE (Unlimited 2G) Data Plan w/ Data Hotspotting $19.99/mo.
    • Ad Free Call & Text + Unlimited LTE Data Plan w/ Data Hotspotting $39.99/mo.
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TextNow announced today that they're offering "Free Unlimited Talk and Text" using the Sprint network: https://blog.textnow.com/blog/202...t-f-r-e-e/

It's supported by ads. Their FAQ doesn't say much, except that it requires a Sprint-compatible CDMA phone and SIM card. They're selling phones, SIM cards for $10, and data for $20 a month and up. It requires their existing app, which is available for iOS and Android.

FAQ: https://blog.textnow.com/blog/202...talk-text/
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Last Edited by SamKQboro February 13, 2020 at 01:52 PM
If you have an prepaid Sprint/Virgin Mobile/Boost Mobile phone, it should work without purchasing a sim card. On Android phones, you are also required to have Kitkat 4.4 or higher in order to download the Textnow app.

https://www.sprint.com/content/da...s-sims.pdf

List of Eligible Sprint BYOD phones:

https://community.sprint.com/t5/D...-p/1020211

A list of the compatible sim cards used for unlocked phones.

A larger list featuring older phones and compatible Sprint SIM cards:
https://s4gru.com/forums/topic/78...ity-chart/

Phone number Recycles if no use after 1 week. You can sign back up through the app to get another number. If you want to prevent your phone number from cycling, sign up for sms alerts from places such as Kohls and Dicks sporting goods.

Old phones must have a 4G LTE SIM to work.

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Although I haven't used their new standalone service, I've used textnow in the past for calls and texts. You have to initiate both within their app, it's not your native dialer and text app. In the listing of your text messages there's an ad there, as well as an ad along the bottom when you go to each text message thread. After you finish a phone call it autoplays a video ad as well. The ads aren't exactly overwhelming, but basically everywhere they can put an ad there's one there.
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May be for middle school kids who may need phone for after school activities but don't want them to surf the web(?)
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My mom. She rarely uses her cell phone, and only for calls and (extremely rarely--and only if someone is there to show her how to use it on the phone--a text).

She would be the perfect candidate for something like this. But only if it's straightforward and not full of tricks to screw you.

In other words: Ads she could deal with. But if you have to use it every 30 days or lose it, I could see her having issues on that basis.

If you have to do anything odd other than make a call using a dialer that would also be a dealbreaker for mom.

If they do something scummy like making it impossible to turn off data from the plan side (so that you have 0% risk of having to pay for data) that's also a dealbreaker.
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So what is this? WiFi+?

If you get the Sim card will calling and texting actually work where there is no WiFi signal? Is it truly free? How do they force ads upon you (they say it's ad supported)?
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So what is this? WiFi+?

If you get the Sim card will calling and texting actually work where there is no WiFi signal? Is it truly free? How do they force ads upon you (they say it's ad supported)?
Although I haven't used their new standalone service, I've used textnow in the past for calls and texts. You have to initiate both within their app, it's not your native dialer and text app. In the listing of your text messages there's an ad there, as well as an ad along the bottom when you go to each text message thread. After you finish a phone call it autoplays a video ad as well. The ads aren't exactly overwhelming, but basically everywhere they can put an ad there's one there.
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If you don't make a voice call every 30 days on their app, you lose your number. I cam't find any mention of that on the website for this. I'm guessing it's the same.
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who in this world would only use talk and text? once you add data you are well above whats been offered such as mint prepaid.
As a back up phone . Not good for primary number
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who in this world would only use talk and text? once you add data you are well above whats been offered such as mint prepaid.
My mom. She rarely uses her cell phone, and only for calls and (extremely rarely--and only if someone is there to show her how to use it on the phone--a text).

She would be the perfect candidate for something like this. But only if it's straightforward and not full of tricks to screw you.

In other words: Ads she could deal with. But if you have to use it every 30 days or lose it, I could see her having issues on that basis.

If you have to do anything odd other than make a call using a dialer that would also be a dealbreaker for mom.

If they do something scummy like making it impossible to turn off data from the plan side (so that you have 0% risk of having to pay for data) that's also a dealbreaker.
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almost like "FREE_UP" when that was free.
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who in this world would only use talk and text? once you add data you are well above whats been offered such as mint prepaid.
May be for middle school kids who may need phone for after school activities but don't want them to surf the web(?)
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My mom. She rarely uses her cell phone, and only for calls and (extremely rarely--and only if someone is there to show her how to use it on the phone--a text).

She would be the perfect candidate for something like this. But only if it's straightforward and not full of tricks to screw you.

In other words: Ads she could deal with. But if you have to use it every 30 days or lose it, I could see her having issues on that basis.

If you have to do anything odd other than make a call using a dialer that would also be a dealbreaker for mom.

If they do something scummy like making it impossible to turn off data from the plan side (so that you have 0% risk of having to pay for data) that's also a dealbreaker.
Get red pocket sprint version at $30 for 360 days. You get monthly few calls, text and data.

or TracFone at $30 from hsn with new user coupon of $20 . includes a phone +1500/1500/1500 for one year on TracFone on Verizon. you can change to TracFone att or TMobile after activation but phone provided doesn't support that
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If you don't make a voice call every 30 days on their app, you lose your number. I cam't find any mention of that on the website for this. I'm guessing it's the same.
I read somewhere, it says a week. Besides, freeupmobile offers free plans too if you buy a sim from them and they use AT&T network.
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