GSM Sims for TextNow

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5 months 3 days ago - 5 months 3 days ago #21 by sovashadow
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Is the phone number listed in your phone settings the same as your tmobile textnow number? Or are they doing that weird forwarding thing like the sprint ones?

Your TextNow number and the number in phone settings are NOT the same. This has not changed from the old provider.

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5 months 3 days ago #22 by mmfacemm
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Is the phone number listed in your phone settings the same as your tmobile textnow number? Or are they doing that weird forwarding thing like the sprint ones?

Your TextNow number and the number in phone settings are NOT the same. This has not changed from the old provider.

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5 months 3 days ago #23 by LouP
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Have you noticed any differences in terms of service quality with t-mobile versus sprint? My phone would never ring when I was not on wifi with my sprint phone. I have good t-mobile service in my area and I am hoping this will be a usable phone now.

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5 months 1 day ago #24 by sovashadow
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if you have tmobile service at all you will most likely be fine. I do not believe textnow is deprioritized but could be wrong

Have you noticed any differences in terms of service quality with t-mobile versus sprint? My phone would never ring when I was not on wifi with my sprint phone. I have good t-mobile service in my area and I am hoping this will be a usable phone now.

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5 months 1 day ago #25 by KentE
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Have you noticed any differences in terms of service quality with t-mobile versus sprint? My phone would never ring when I was not on wifi with my sprint phone. I have good t-mobile service in my area and I am hoping this will be a usable phone now.
 

I suspect that the no-ring issue is more 'phone' dependent than carrier-dependent-- it's a common problem with VoIP apps, since they don't seem to stay connected to the network at all times.  I've seen some people have success with excluding the VoIP app from battery optimization, and allowing it to run at all times in the background. 

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4 months 3 weeks ago #26 by Frasier1
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I wanted TextNow to work for me but I have to say, it's not ready for prime time. I first had the CDMA sim and even bought a Moto 5 play for it to try it out. But like others have said, it rarely ever rang on incoming calls. Yes, I turned battery opt. off for the app and said to keep wifi active and even got an app that stops the phone from sleeping for 2 hours but nothing worked! Even with wifi off and using the 'cell' signal the same problem exists. Oddly, as soon as the call would fail and I would hang up the TextNow phone would give me a notification that I had missed a call. I put the sim in another cdma phone I had and got the same results. So I was glad when I saw they were coming out with a GSM sim so I quickly ordered one thinking my problems would be over. But no such luck. After trying the GSM sim in 2 different phones I still had the SAME issue. Rarely would it ring on an incoming call. (maybe one time in 10) Like others have said, I did have to call CS to activate the GSM because they have to Deactivate the old cdma sim first and this can't be dome online without calling CS. So I have to vote NO on TextNow. But with companys like redpocket now offering 1 year of 200 min, 1000 texts and 200mb of data EACH month for 12 months for ONLY 30 bucks on Ebay, it seems a small price to pay for NO ads and reliability. Hope this helps someone.
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4 months 3 weeks ago #27 by mmfacemm
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I thought about trying it but the hassle seemed a too much to save so little. It is great there are so many cheap options nowadays.

Tracfone is another good alternative. With a hsn bundle and using a referral code you can get enough for 2 years of service with a single $30-40 payment.

There is also the ultra mobile $3 a month plan. Which although gives less than the redpocket plan has some advantages. It has some add on bundles that would work better for those who need a burst of minutes/texts/data for a few days or a week or two in the year. As well as more overseas roaming flexibility.
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4 months 3 weeks ago #28 by KentE
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I thought about trying it but the hassle seemed a too much to save so little. It is great there are so many cheap options nowadays.

Tracfone is another good alternative. With a hsn bundle and using a referral code you can get enough for 2 years of service with a single $30-40 payment.

There is also the ultra mobile $3 a month plan. Which although gives less than the redpocket plan has some advantages. It has some add on bundles that would work better for those who need a burst of minutes/texts/data for a few days or a week or two in the year. As well as more overseas roaming flexibility.
 

These are all great low-usage options. We currently have Tracfone and the Red Pocket plan, and I have no complaints with either.  I really want to try the Ultra plan, but I don't need another low-usage line. 

Still, even with those options available, I'm thinking about a TextNow line to use when I need to call customer service somewhere, and don't want to burn through cellular minutes.  For that application, I don't really care whether the phone reliably rings on incoming calls.
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4 months 3 weeks ago - 4 months 3 weeks ago #29 by mmfacemm
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Yes you know what I forgot about the $4.99 a year option to keep the number active. That was my main issue. No way I'd remember to keep it active otherwise. It would come in handy sometimes to hand out when you don't want to risk getting spammed. And if you get a good number it may work for 2fa. Lately there have been some duds mixed in that don't.
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4 months 3 weeks ago #30 by Frasier1
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Just a reminder, you can use TextNow on the web for free. No phone or sim needed. Incoming and outgoing work great and text as well.
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