TextNow - free text + calls

TextNow, Inc.

Safe for Kids

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Chat
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TextNow is an app-based call and messaging service, that allows users to transmit information over WiFi rather than using their cellular network data. TextNow is free to download and use, is rated for users of all ages, but does feature in-app advertisements and purchases. This app is safe for kids with parental supervision.

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What is TextNow - free text + calls?

TextNow is an app-based call and messaging service, that allows users to transmit information over WiFi rather than using their cellular network data. TextNow is free to download and use, is rated for users of all ages, but does feature in-app advertisements and purchases.

 

Touted as the “world’s first cloud-based cell phone carrier,” TextNow’s free calling and text messaging features are a draw to all types of users. Those not interested in subscribing to a TextNow cellular plan are able to take advantage of free messaging and calling features.

 

TextNow users are issued a U.S. phone number which allows them to make calls and text over a wireless connection. Canadian and American users are able to send and receive unlimited text messages and phone calls within North America but have the option of utilizing the service for international calls as well.

 

TextNow is able to offer free unlimited call and texting in North America because it is ad-supported. This means that users are subjected to ads each time they text unless they pay for the premium versions.

 

TextNow offers a range of in-app purchases from $0.99 to $29.99, which include some of the following features:

  • 1- Month Call Forwarding and Voicemail
  • Premium Subscription
  • 1 Year of Ad-free Texting
  • 25 Ringtone Pack
  • 1- Month Ad Free Texting
  • Premium Subscription + 14-day free trial
  • Lifetime of Ad-free Texting
  • $4.99 in International Calling Credit
  • Premium Wallpaper
  • 1- Year Call Forward and Voicemail

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Is TextNow - free text + calls safe for my kids?

From the offerings parents can see how TextNow, while luring in users with the offer of free text messaging and voice calls, can make in-app purchases incredibly enticing to young users.

Parents should be sure to set spending expectations and parameters prior to allowing their children to download and use the TextNow app. Purchases, however, are not the only concerns parents should have with the TextNow app.

As the TextNow calling and messaging features are not native device apps, parents should be sure to monitor activity on the TextNow app as they will not be able to see call and text records on their monthly cellular bill.

TextNow is novel in that it is programmed to prioritize and utilize a WiFi connection before reverting to a cellular network (which must be done manually by the user). While it's great that TextNow won't use as much data by utilizing WiFi networks it's also another feature parents must monitor on their child's phone.

Another point of concern with TextNow is the fact that it is app-based which means it can be used with any compatible mobile device, including iPods and tablets.

This means younger children or teens without smartphones have the ability to turn their tablets or iPods into phone-like devices, making it even more important for parents to monitor the apps their children are downloading and using on their devices.

International calling and texting are available through the TextNow app, but require paid credits in the system; users may opt to purchase credits in-app or take advantage of "special offers" in exchange for credit.

This app is safe for kids with parental supervision.

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