TextNow Adds New $9.99 Plan, Discontinues $59.99 Plan
TextNow Wireless, the first cloud-based prepaid phone operator that uses Sprint network only when WiFi is not available, has improved its prepaid offerings by adding a new plan. TextNow adds new $9.99 plan that includes unlimited talk and text to US and Canada and unlimited data with 100 MB at high 3G/4G speed. As with all other TextNow plans, when high speed data is used up in a month, unlimited data is available at 2G speeds until the next billing cycle. Also, the new TextNow $9.99 plan is currently available only to new customers.
In addition to adding new low-cost plan, TextNow discontinues its top-tier $59.99 plan that was offering 4 GB of high speed data and unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada. Obviously, the plan was too pricy for what it offered since for $60 a month, customers can get unlimited prepaid service including data with Sprint’s Boost Mobile ($55 with auto pay), T-Mobile’s MetroPCS and for those who need AT&T’s coverage, there is 10GB of high speed data on Cricket Wireless (download limited to 8Mbps LTE/4Mbps 4G) for $60 per month ($55 with auto pay), or unlimited high speed data on $70 plan ($65 with auto pay).
After these changes, TextNow is offering following prepaid plan options:
- $9.99 SHORT plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada plus 100 MB of high speed 3G, 4G data.
- $18.99 TALL plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada plus 500 MB of high speed 3G, 4G data.
- $26.99 GRANDE plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada plus 1 GB of high speed 3G, 4G data.
- $39.99 VENTI plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada plus 2 GB of high speed 3G, 4G data.
TextNow Wireless is offering discounts on a number of new and refurbished smartphones regularly. For example, new LG Volt 4G LTE can be purchased for $39.99 (regular $99.99), new Moto E for $39.99 (regular $149.99) or refurbished Samsung Galaxy SIII for $49.99 and new for $69.99.
Also, the carrier includes all taxes and fees in a plan’s monthly cost and customers can choose a completely free VoIP-based calling and texting via free TextNow app.
TextNow works similarly to Republic Wireless that recently improved its service by adding GSM partner and more phones to its offerings and to Google’s Project Fi that no longer requires invites; it’s open to everyone now. Scratch Wireless also provides service on WiFi and cellular network but in November 2015, the carrier has stopped offering free Wi-Fi calling and free cellular texting that it’s used to offer for years. However, customers still have access to free unlimited texting on Wi-Fi, free unlimited MMS on Wi-Fi, and free unlimited data on Wi-Fi.