"By now, you’ve heard our big news: We’re now offering our talk & text service nationwide. For free. You read that right. No more paying for basic phone plans. No more asking baristas for the WiFi password. You can use your TextNow number anywhere over Sprint’s Nationwide Network without the dread of receiving your bill at the end of the month."
The Catch? "The truth is, there is no catch. If you’ve used our free app before, then you know that it’s able to remain free supported by the ads served within the app."
How innovative, but maybe things will work out this time.
I think that's because previously, you needed to be on wifi just to be able to talk/text using the TextNow app.
Since they're saying Sprint sim is needed, my guess is that it will be a Sprint number, not a voip number.
In which case, wow. Thanks Isamorph, I have old phones from RingPlus that I didn't want to activate on Sprint's free year because of the post-paid requirement. Those have found a purpose in their electronic life!
I'm thinking maybe TN defaults to wifi calling, rather than cellular, whenever wifi is available. But in your area, Sprint might be a no go for sure. My Sprint compatible phones are currently on services, so maybe someone who has a non-tied up Sprint phone will test and report soon.
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."
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.
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.
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...