TextNow Reveals Elastic Calling Technology, Adds New $13.99 Short Plan and More Data to Other Plans
TextNow Wireless, the first cloud-based prepaid phone operator that uses Sprint network along with WiFi for providing service, has introduced some positive changes to its prepaid offerings. TextNow has revealed the Elastic Calling, a new technology that improves call quality. It switches between available networks at all levels searching for the best possible signal at any given time. In addition, to celebrate 3 years since its launch, TextNow adds more data to most of its prepaid monthly plans. It also introduces the new $13.99 Short Plan with 100MB of high speed data.
New TextNow Elastic Calling technology makes already available handover between WiFi and cellular service even more advanced. TextNow is now able to seamlessly switch between WiFi, cellular data and traditional cellular voice (CDMA) networks looking for the strongest signal at the given time. That way, the carrier provides the best possible call quality for its customers. The similar technologies are used by Republic Wireless and Project Fi, too.
Also, TextNow has officially introduced a new low-cost plan called Short Plan. The Short plan is available for $13.99 and includes unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada and 100 MB of high speed data. Back in May, this plan has appeared on the carrier’s website shortly. It was available for only $9.99 at the time but after a week, the carrier has removed it. Now, the plan is back, somewhat pricier and official.
TextNow has also increased the amount of high speed data on the $26.99 Grande, $39.99 Venti and $59.99 Quattro plans. The cost of the plans hasn’t been increased. The $26.99 Grande plan now includes 1.5GB of high speed data instead of 1GB; the $39.99 Venti plan has 3GB instead of 2GB and the $59.99 Quattro plan 6GB of high speed data instead of 4GB.
After these latest changes, new and improved TextNow plans offer:
- $13.99 Short plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada and 100MB of 3G, 4G data – new
- $18.99 Tall plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada and 500MB of 3G, 4G data – unchanged
- $26.99 Grande plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada and 1.5GB of 3G, 4G data (was 1 GB)
- $39.99 Venti plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada and 3GB of 3G, 4G data (was 2 GB)
- $59.99 Quattro plan – unlimited calling and texting to US and Canada and 6GB of 3G, 4G data (was 4 GB)
Existing customers will receive data increase on their plans automatically. TextNow includes all taxes and fees in a plan’s monthly cost. The carrier also offers a completely free VoIP-based calling and texting via free TextNow app.