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4 weeks 3 hours ago - 4 weeks 1 hour ago #43146 by Chelle
Replied by Chelle on topic TextNow Free Service
The voice quality seems to be crystal clear, so far.

You can add LTE data. $19.99 for 2GB and $39.99 for unlimited.

I wish they had 500 MB so I could throw them a few bucks each month without making a big commitment.
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4 weeks 3 hours ago #43147 by Isamorph
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A bit misleading that they use cellular in descriptions and provide a cellular Sprint voice coverage map when it is VOIP.

"Order a SIM Card Activation Kit to get free
texting and calling nationwide over the
Nationwide Sprint Network and never pay
for phone service again. Bring your unlocked
CDMA phone to TextNow to experience our
unique hybrid of Wi-Fi + cellular service."

about.textnow.com/press-releases/textnow-brings-cellular-service-to-everyone-with-free-unlimited-calling-and-texting/

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4 weeks 3 hours ago #43148 by redrotors
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Anyone ever port in a # to TN? Free? Paid?
Thinking of keeping a low use Tello #, maybe port to TN instead of waiting for the axe to fall at Tello. Was contemplating porting to GV until this came along, probably a better idea but wondering if TN would now be an option.

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4 weeks 3 hours ago - 4 weeks 3 hours ago #43149 by mmfacemm
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I can send/receive texts via hangouts but calls have no sound. It seems like textnow/sprint has blocked it as it works fine over wifi. Browsing gets routed to the textnow website.

Google let me verify a google voice number with my new textnow number. Normally that isn't possible. I either got lucky or the number is recognised as a cell number with this new textnow service.
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4 weeks 3 hours ago #43150 by KentE
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Thanks for the early testing, Chelle! That did not meet my first guess as to how it would work, but the google search I did, reading multiple versions of the press release, didn't really clarify much.

I was amused, however, that the CEO of TextNow is Derek Ting. I thought it was a reporter's error when I saw \ a paragraph starting with "Ting says..."

I'll be giving this a try as soon as I have a chance to dig out a phone and sign up.
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4 weeks 3 hours ago - 4 weeks 2 hours ago #43151 by mmfacemm
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Okay so I uninstalled the textnow app and enabled sprint callingplus on my phone for lte calling and I was able to make calls out. It came up with the phantom number as the caller id. So it seems the phantom number is set up for 2g data only and textnow piggybacks on top of that for textnow voip calls.
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4 weeks 2 hours ago #43152 by Chelle
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One other thing I should have mentioned is that when I signed up I was able to choose from a short list of phone numbers. I was able to get one that I really liked.
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4 weeks 2 hours ago #43153 by Chelle
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mmfacemm wrote: Okay so I uninstalled the textnow app and enabled sprint callingplus on my phone for lte calling and I was able to make calls out. It came up with the phantom number as the caller id. So it seems the phantom number is set up for 2g data only and textnow piggybacks on top of that or voip calls.


I'm not familiar with that app. So does it use VOIP, cellular voice, or VoLTE?

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4 weeks 2 hours ago #43154 by drysun
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Must be like Freedompop where stuff routes through them. The app seems to be VOIP and does work on cellular connection only. Tried to see if normal apps work, but what I've seen is:

Chrome - browsing gets redirected to Textnow website
Google Maps - Can't search to get directions. Interestingly, I was able to switch to satellite view and it does display map when I scroll around, just can't create a route
Google Voice - No calling, but texting worked
Google Play Store - Wow this one is interesting. I can search for apps, but it won't download or display icons/pictures.

I wonder what would happen if you use a VPN while connected on cellular network...
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4 weeks 2 hours ago - 4 weeks 2 hours ago #43155 by Isamorph
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Looks as if it's what's called "Elastic Calling".

www.textnow.com/elastic-calling

Edit: Oops, with elastic calling you are charged by your cell provider for Carrie minutes used, so it looks like the "new" program only uses some features of this technology.

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