Some people are afraid of commitment, and that includes vowing to stick with a carrier for two years. Thankfully, the list of choices keeps on growing for those who'd rather use contract-free devices, and the new TextNow mobile phone service is a fresh option. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it began its life as a standalone app for making free calls and sending texts via WiFi. Staying true to its roots, the new service piggybacks on Sprint's 3G and 4G network for an internet connection in the absence of WiFi, so you can use a TextNow-powered Android phone wherever the carrier has coverage. Yes, that's wireless phone service over IP, and the outfit claims it's the world's first all-IP mobile operator. Device choices are limited to a Nexus S for $90 and a Galaxy S II for $120, but as plans begin at $19 per month, it might still be worth checking out, especially if you're on a budget.
New TextNow Mobile Phone Service Empowers Users to Take Control of
Ballooning Phone Costs, Delivers Services for Less than $20/Month
Integrated with Leading Free Texting and Calling App, New Offering Zaps Expensive Calling Plans, Redefines Existing Carrier Pricing Model
WATERLOO, Ontario – August, 6 2013 – Enflick, the company that developed TextNow, the leading application to provide free phone service over WiFi used by more than 20 million users worldwide, today introduced the TextNow mobile phone service. Running on top of its existing IP-based SMS and voice infrastructure and using Sprint's nationwide 3G network in areas without WiFi connectivity, the new phone service makes TextNow the world's first all-IP mobile operator. TextNow's all-IP model gives users the most affordable phone services available in the market today compared with the skyrocketing monthly calling plans and fees of traditional carrier offerings. Using hardware compatible with the Android OS, the TextNow mobile phone service is available now – including visual voicemail, call forwarding and call display – at no additional charge.
The introduction of TextNow mobile phone service comes on the heels of Enflick's release of its MiFi service, a MiFi solution for reliable wireless broadband connectivity – from absolutely any location – that also uniquely enables mobile devices, such as an iPad or iPod, to deliver phone services. With the announcement of TextNow mobile phone service, Enflick now offers a complete family of affordable connectivity solutions, including: free calling and texting; voice mail; MiFi; and now – the handset itself – all without the high price tag that comes with traditional carrier offerings.
"From Day One, our biggest priority has been to make smartphone service better and more affordable for everyone," said Derek Ting, co-founder and CEO, Enflick. "The announcement of TextNow mobile phone service – combined with our recent launch of MiFi – marks a big milestone toward accomplishing this mission and making it affordable for every person to have a cell phone in his or her pocket."
Existing Carrier Pricing Slashed with Smartphone Services for Less than $20/Month
In a compilation of existing data, the website AccountingDegree.com reports that the average smartphone bill is 90 percent higher than the average non-smartphone bill. [Read Your Smartphone or Your Dinner here.] With TextNow mobile phone service, users are no longer tied to an expensive carrier plan for their smartphone services.
With all phone services provisioned on the TextNow cloud, customers can easily interchange services across their mobile devices and platforms.
TextNow phone service is available immediately starting as low as $18.99 per month. The monthly fee includes:
• 500mb data
• Unlimited texting
• Unlimited incoming calls
• Call forwarding, visual voicemail and call display
• 750 minutes of calling per month
For more information or to order TextNow mobile phone service, go to: http://www.textnow.com/phone.
- Key specs
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])
- Screen size 4.3 inches
- Internal memory 16 GB
- Camera 8 megapixels
- Carriers (US) AT&T
- Dimensions 4.96 x 2.6 x 0.35 in
- Weight 4.3 oz
Samsung Nexus S