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TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App

TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App

TextNow, Inc.

Unlimited calling & texting with a free local phone number!

4.4 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
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Unlimited calling & texting with a free local phone number!
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Ratings & Reviews

4.4
1.4M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    74+%
  2. 4
    10+%
  3. 3
    5+%
  4. 2
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  5. 1
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  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Amy Page
    Wayyy better and cheaper than all the other text apps I've downloaded. I've downloaded a lot too. And deleted them. I couldn't even find another you didn't have to pay or add card. The best available. The easiest to get number and text. I use for phone when I don't have service and on extra phone.
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  • Text Now Review Jul 17, 2019

    By Sickles Girl #1
    I absolutely love the text no app! It’s convenient and steady. FMy family and I have used it for 5 years! What I like about bout text now is the fact that no matter what , I can always access it through any device I choose to use whenever I choose to use it! Another great thing about text now is when I do have to access it through a secondary device all my info and previous messages are still there! That is super convenient being I lose everything especially phone numbers and messages! But text now keeps all that stored and it’s accessible to me 24/7. Sometimes paying my and my family’s phone bills can be very stressful at times because it’s expensive and I’m not able to get all of them payed at the same time. So having text now as a back up or second number. I along with my children Can assure my friends and family that they’re still able to contact me through texting or calling. Thanks text now!🤗
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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Kortlen Sullivan
    I love a lot of things about this app! One being it's free another being that you can access your conversations online! I often times get my phone taken away, and when that happens I'm still able to text my friends if I just hop onto the computer! Of course there are a lot of ads but that's how they make it free! I am trying to think of more critical things but I really can't... They did a good job with this app!!
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  • This used to be my favorite texting app... Mar 20, 2019

    By Join Walkers btw!
    I’ve been a TextNow user for many years, ever since 2011, and haven’t run into so much trouble until recently when their ads just became unbearable. I believe in ads and have even tried buying their service several times. However, the ads are ruining the experience. Whenever I enter the app and tap on a contact and begin to type a message the app just freezes. I sometimes end up calling my boss on accident due to the horrible lag. The actual texting and calling is good otherwise. The texting is far better than the calling at times. I have unlimited data, but this apps can go from working great to not working at all in seconds. I can see that it’s the ads causing all the issues. My fix would be to have ads take up less data or use less ads or use a better way to get these ads on the app. Please fix this devs. It gets very confusing and frustrating when I can’t use the app due to all the ads. I will try to get a plan to remove the ads, but the normal service is advertised as free. I do hope you can fix the interface to run smoothly once again. I will return to the app when it gets better.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By 0stargazer0 01030407
    Love the app. Makes it super easy when you dont have a working phone when you need one ....wherever wifi is available that is! The voice recording could be a little better as it doesnt hold sometimes or stay. Had issues with photos not saved (cuz I forget sometimes). But other than that, it is a great app especially for a free app! I wanna try the service but I am a skeptic lol I am afraid of what other paid services have done. Seems worth it. Maybe one day lol. 5-STAR in any case! ✌
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Steven Crow
    I used to use your services when you first launched. ... Now a days I'm growing more and more concerned cause I've been having major issues with how the app and program runs. Alot of the same issues that others have listed- being logged out and unable to log back in therein having to create a new log in with a different and new email. And then messaging errors and much more.. Lame sauce, can I please work for you guys as a real-life freelance customer service agent to assist customers
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  • Just canceled my premium Nov 20, 2020

    By BaeNextDoor
    I signed up for premium about a month ago while I waited for my new iPhone to arrive. Previously, when I entered my phone’s IMEI and ICCID numbers, it would tell me my phone wasn’t compatible. I figured it was because I had an iPhone 8, but now that I have a 12 Pro, I still get the same error about my phone not being compatible. Stop claiming you offer unlimited texts and calls for the network you clearly know I have (Sprint), when you don’t. No point in me paying $9.99 per month just to remove ads when other features aren’t compatible with my phone. TextNow still texts you with random messages like they are your friends. I don’t want to hear from you randomly unless it’s a response to my question considering you are forced to talk to a bot who just sends you in a loop to articles that don’t solve anything. You also have to pay more money to lock in your number, and if anyone sends you external links such as audio, they come through weird and don’t play after being kicked out into an external window that shows a play button with a slash through it. I wanted to use the app for business related communication so I am not having to give out my personal number. Kind of defeats the purpose when things don’t come through appropriately causing me to have to revert to another means of receiving it in order to view it.
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  • It’s not the best... Feb 2, 2019

    By Smilessmcdecinburger
    This app is great. Especially for me because I have an iPad, which means I cannot text phones from Samsung etc. This app is good because I could text my friends with phones from other providers. But, I faced many issues such as sometimes I would click on the app and it would shut me out and I would be back on the home screen after being in the app for about 3 seconds. I do get a lot of spam calls and a lot of people I don’t know txt me. It is really glitchy and sometimes I send messages and the person I am texting did not receive it. Another thing I didn’t like was I didn’t receive notifications most of the time when people texted me. One day I went on the app and all but the contact names went black. It shut me out of the app and I was back at the home screen. I tried many times getting back on the app, but it never worked. Then I got back on about a couple months later and I was logged out of my account! I can’t get back on and I don’t know what to do!! All of my text messages with my friends and family are gone. I would not recommend this app... it has just brought me so much anger and unless they fixed something with a magical update I don’t know if it’s going to be any good because I WAS LOGGED OUT OF MY ACCOUNT AND CAN’T CHECK FOR YOU. Hope this helped.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By H I
    They don't just show you ads no they bomb you with ads and force you to see it. I gave 2 stars because it gives you an extra number. Voice quality is good. ** After the response of the developer: First, I didn't ask for ads free. You can have ads but in a better and less invasive way. You guys have full page ads and even when I called my self with my other phone, one phone was ringing (rang 3 times) and the other was showing ads without ringing. Second, the app does not deserve $10/month.
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  • Dreadful Support! Dreadful useless app! Dec 18, 2019

    By Aychee F
    #1: USE TALKU OR DINGTONE!! always guaranteed credits to earn through watching videos and playing games-very interactive! And one of the best for free-yes free international calls and texts that actually go through! It’s not perfect 100% of the time but it’s gotten so much better. Avoid TEXTNOW. You’re lucky if you can earn one credit a day. Talking to support today made me want to literally rip my eyes out because I was going in circles with someone who clearly didn’t read or understand not only the initial issue, but know what’s in their FAQs and articles. 1st, they have a submit a request feature through the app, but then when you submit a request, you get a canned reply through email saying they don’t use that anymore and to utilize chat instead. Then you need to remove anything that is obsolete from your app!! A customer should not be going in circles to try to get help. I had to explain to this person practically 3 times what I was referring to. For example-they say you can complete offers for credit but there is nowhere to ever do that! So do not refer me to Tap Joy when you don’t even offer the opportunity to earn credits for offers! It was just awful… I wind up turning off the message communication with this person because my patience was depleted.
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  1. Easily create your own phone number & make completely free calls to US & Canada as often as you like
  2. PassCode keeps all your messages under a secure lock & makes all communication extra safe
  3. Earn free money by completing super easy offers & call anywhere in the world practically for free

Reviewed by Laura S on January 16, 2018

  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Amy Page
    Wayyy better and cheaper than all the other text apps I've downloaded. I've downloaded a lot too. And deleted them. I couldn't even find another you didn't have to pay or add card. The best available. The easiest to get number and text. I use for phone when I don't have service and on extra phone.
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  • Text Now Review Jul 17, 2019

    By Sickles Girl #1
    I absolutely love the text no app! It’s convenient and steady. FMy family and I have used it for 5 years! What I like about bout text now is the fact that no matter what , I can always access it through any device I choose to use whenever I choose to use it! Another great thing about text now is when I do have to access it through a secondary device all my info and previous messages are still there! That is super convenient being I lose everything especially phone numbers and messages! But text now keeps all that stored and it’s accessible to me 24/7. Sometimes paying my and my family’s phone bills can be very stressful at times because it’s expensive and I’m not able to get all of them payed at the same time. So having text now as a back up or second number. I along with my children Can assure my friends and family that they’re still able to contact me through texting or calling. Thanks text now!🤗
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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Kortlen Sullivan
    I love a lot of things about this app! One being it's free another being that you can access your conversations online! I often times get my phone taken away, and when that happens I'm still able to text my friends if I just hop onto the computer! Of course there are a lot of ads but that's how they make it free! I am trying to think of more critical things but I really can't... They did a good job with this app!!
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By 0stargazer0 01030407
    Love the app. Makes it super easy when you dont have a working phone when you need one ....wherever wifi is available that is! The voice recording could be a little better as it doesnt hold sometimes or stay. Had issues with photos not saved (cuz I forget sometimes). But other than that, it is a great app especially for a free app! I wanna try the service but I am a skeptic lol I am afraid of what other paid services have done. Seems worth it. Maybe one day lol. 5-STAR in any case! ✌
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By David Rose
    This is a great app!! Sometimes I'm a little short and can't pay my phone bill on time and my phone gets shut off for a couple days. With textnow I don't have to worry about being without a phone as long as I can get Wi-Fi I'm golden.. THANK YOU TEXTNOW !!!!
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  • Jan 15, 2021

    By Alia Ayres
    I've been using TextNow for a little over two years now and I can say it's a great service. The changes they've made over years have been very beneficial. The ads aren't that bad; they're about on the same level as mobile games. Very customizable and it works very well. The only thing is it enables a lot of scammers to use their service to scam people, however I feel this can be fixed with a bit more quality moderation. Overall great app.
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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Dudeston
    Great app. I spent 10 dollars for them to send me a sim card for my s9 and ive had phone calls and texting for over a year without any extra charges. Often it doesn't work well off wifi but it usually at least works and im saving so much money it's worth it. Only rated 4 stars because most of the time when someone else hangs up the app seems to think it just lost connection and will sometimes try for hours to reconnect and the disconnect button won't work and i can't even force close the app.
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  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Jessica Schlosser
    I enjoy textnow. It's a big part in me communicating with my friends but for some reason I get daily scam calls and 3 second silent voicemails. I don't know why because I've given one person and one person only my number. Please fix this because I've complained to the silent voicemail leavers and they claim to not know what I'm even talking about. Other than that, a great app and I would recommend it.
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  • Calling won’t work, can’t receive texts Jan 21, 2019

    By Peep 🐥
    So I have been using TextNow for a LONG time, and I can say it is one of the best messaging apps I have ever used, I can use it for friends who don’t have their number registered with iMessage. But I have to point out a few things wrong: when I try to start or receive a call, either the caller can hear me and I cannot hear them, or the other way around. I would like to have this fixed because calls can be very important and it is quite annoying. Next thing, sometimes I can’t receive texts. If I was having a conversation with someone, I have to leave their chat and go to the main ‘home’ screen of TextNow, and wait for them to send a message or for it to come in. It does not happen all the time but I would like to be able to not have to refresh the page etc, to receive messages. I hope this review was understandable and I tried my best to be clear with the issues I am having. Thank you for listening.
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  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Leonard Phillpott
    This app is great& 100% free! The Only thing is,I wish it didn't only work while on wifi because when I leave my house I can't send,receive text or calls. It is amazing otherwise, you get to choose your own number, personalized voicemail,color/background choices,calls to Anywhere and texts,call waiting,speakerphone,send and receive photos/videos,all emojis,Etc. Completely FREE as long as you're connected to wifi,no gimmicks or charges!
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  • This used to be my favorite texting app... Mar 20, 2019

    By Join Walkers btw!
    I’ve been a TextNow user for many years, ever since 2011, and haven’t run into so much trouble until recently when their ads just became unbearable. I believe in ads and have even tried buying their service several times. However, the ads are ruining the experience. Whenever I enter the app and tap on a contact and begin to type a message the app just freezes. I sometimes end up calling my boss on accident due to the horrible lag. The actual texting and calling is good otherwise. The texting is far better than the calling at times. I have unlimited data, but this apps can go from working great to not working at all in seconds. I can see that it’s the ads causing all the issues. My fix would be to have ads take up less data or use less ads or use a better way to get these ads on the app. Please fix this devs. It gets very confusing and frustrating when I can’t use the app due to all the ads. I will try to get a plan to remove the ads, but the normal service is advertised as free. I do hope you can fix the interface to run smoothly once again. I will return to the app when it gets better.
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  • Jan 15, 2021

    By Mandie Higgins
    This app works alright. Texting is fine. no pictures though (granted I have a older phone....) Now ~making a phone call~ it works about 20% -Receiving a call-works about 85% of the time(when your around wifi) it's something you can use if you don't have a phone. It's free....yesyes ;) keep in mind though never know who's listening...
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Jennifer jinifur White
    It is costing me $5.99 a WEEK I just realized on my bank statement. It works only if I am somewhere that has wifi, so its not like it would be with paying for a real phone service, but its costing me more a month than I would be charged with a regular phone service. Time to rethink this.
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  • Okay Jun 9, 2020

    By autumn mongan
    I do love this app I use it all the time but sometimes when I press the hang up button it is really slow and glitchy and when I go to the app it will shut me out of it when I’m only in the app for 3 seconds but again I use this app all the time but I also get a lot of random numbers call and text me and it does get super annoying but I love this app so so so much I use it so much and it’s just really slow and glitchy but I mean it is what it is also this app is very very slow and glitchy when I go on the app it will take a while for it to actually load even when I full bars of WiFi’s and everything I think maybe it’s just really slow and I noticed if I get more than 13 phone numbers it will delete my most recent person I texted and if I don’t use my app for a 3 days it will log me out and say I need to get a new number I have spent so much time on this app and it’s not that good of quality I hop you guys the best to try and fix it and this app would be the bomb but as of right now it’s not such a great app🥰!
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  • It’s Free... But At A Cost Apr 23, 2020

    By RMVG03
    I’ll start by saying free service is free service. I couldn’t be more grateful to have unlimited calling and texting via cellular and not just WiFi. All of my 3 stars go to this and this alone because that’s where the good stops. The ads are annoying but sure, but that’s what you get with free service so I won’t complain to much. Reception is mediocre at best but again... free. However, the app itself is VERY LAGGY. Half of the time, I don’t even get notified of a phone call, even when hooked up to WiFi and it cannot be blamed on poor service. I’ve had entire conversations poof into thin air without me manually deleting them, only to find out later that I had missed a new message or call from said person because of the conversation being magically deleted. At the end of the day, TextNow needs to get their act together and provide us a well functioning app. If it doesn’t improve in the future, I’ll have to look elsewhere and I’m sure others will as well.
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Steven Crow
    I used to use your services when you first launched. ... Now a days I'm growing more and more concerned cause I've been having major issues with how the app and program runs. Alot of the same issues that others have listed- being logged out and unable to log back in therein having to create a new log in with a different and new email. And then messaging errors and much more.. Lame sauce, can I please work for you guys as a real-life freelance customer service agent to assist customers
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  • Just canceled my premium Nov 20, 2020

    By BaeNextDoor
    I signed up for premium about a month ago while I waited for my new iPhone to arrive. Previously, when I entered my phone’s IMEI and ICCID numbers, it would tell me my phone wasn’t compatible. I figured it was because I had an iPhone 8, but now that I have a 12 Pro, I still get the same error about my phone not being compatible. Stop claiming you offer unlimited texts and calls for the network you clearly know I have (Sprint), when you don’t. No point in me paying $9.99 per month just to remove ads when other features aren’t compatible with my phone. TextNow still texts you with random messages like they are your friends. I don’t want to hear from you randomly unless it’s a response to my question considering you are forced to talk to a bot who just sends you in a loop to articles that don’t solve anything. You also have to pay more money to lock in your number, and if anyone sends you external links such as audio, they come through weird and don’t play after being kicked out into an external window that shows a play button with a slash through it. I wanted to use the app for business related communication so I am not having to give out my personal number. Kind of defeats the purpose when things don’t come through appropriately causing me to have to revert to another means of receiving it in order to view it.
    more
  • It’s not the best... Feb 2, 2019

    By Smilessmcdecinburger
    This app is great. Especially for me because I have an iPad, which means I cannot text phones from Samsung etc. This app is good because I could text my friends with phones from other providers. But, I faced many issues such as sometimes I would click on the app and it would shut me out and I would be back on the home screen after being in the app for about 3 seconds. I do get a lot of spam calls and a lot of people I don’t know txt me. It is really glitchy and sometimes I send messages and the person I am texting did not receive it. Another thing I didn’t like was I didn’t receive notifications most of the time when people texted me. One day I went on the app and all but the contact names went black. It shut me out of the app and I was back at the home screen. I tried many times getting back on the app, but it never worked. Then I got back on about a couple months later and I was logged out of my account! I can’t get back on and I don’t know what to do!! All of my text messages with my friends and family are gone. I would not recommend this app... it has just brought me so much anger and unless they fixed something with a magical update I don’t know if it’s going to be any good because I WAS LOGGED OUT OF MY ACCOUNT AND CAN’T CHECK FOR YOU. Hope this helped.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By H I
    They don't just show you ads no they bomb you with ads and force you to see it. I gave 2 stars because it gives you an extra number. Voice quality is good. ** After the response of the developer: First, I didn't ask for ads free. You can have ads but in a better and less invasive way. You guys have full page ads and even when I called my self with my other phone, one phone was ringing (rang 3 times) and the other was showing ads without ringing. Second, the app does not deserve $10/month.
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  • Glitchy and ads overwhelm the experience Nov 8, 2018

    By Seaslang
    TextNow is a great idea and provides a great service essentially - that you can have a free phone number and call North America from anywhere in the world -however the user experience is pretty bad. The app is slow, extremely glitchy, and the ads are meant to overwhelm your experience. The ad situation has gotten substantially worse in recent months. The standard bad ad experience on the app is that the ads pop up on the home screen constantly and they are hard to close. But recently I had the experience that video ads start playing through my calls and as the call time progresses the interval between the time the video ad plays gets shorter and shorter. So what happens is you're talking to someone and then an extremely loud ad (way above the call audio volume) starts playing over your call. You can shut it down but it will just start back up again a few moments later. Really unbearable. I am keeping the app because it's in its development stages and I'm hoping it will go in a different direction when it receives more funding. As a traveler it's a great tool for me, just wish it wasn't such a harrowing tool to use.
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  • Dreadful Support! Dreadful useless app! Dec 18, 2019

    By Aychee F
    #1: USE TALKU OR DINGTONE!! always guaranteed credits to earn through watching videos and playing games-very interactive! And one of the best for free-yes free international calls and texts that actually go through! It’s not perfect 100% of the time but it’s gotten so much better. Avoid TEXTNOW. You’re lucky if you can earn one credit a day. Talking to support today made me want to literally rip my eyes out because I was going in circles with someone who clearly didn’t read or understand not only the initial issue, but know what’s in their FAQs and articles. 1st, they have a submit a request feature through the app, but then when you submit a request, you get a canned reply through email saying they don’t use that anymore and to utilize chat instead. Then you need to remove anything that is obsolete from your app!! A customer should not be going in circles to try to get help. I had to explain to this person practically 3 times what I was referring to. For example-they say you can complete offers for credit but there is nowhere to ever do that! So do not refer me to Tap Joy when you don’t even offer the opportunity to earn credits for offers! It was just awful… I wind up turning off the message communication with this person because my patience was depleted.
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  • It’s cool it ok for free service/terrible now Dec 29, 2018

    By Cutenes84
    Sooooo I’ve had textnow for a few years, the more they try to fix bugs the worse it gets! The ads,are messing up the ap,ok its free,but don’t make it mess up the ap! I always missed calls now,never had that before! The fact you can’t send video is a lil wack! But again it’s free! You can’t send more than one picture at a time! But again it’s free lol! Just recently I have noticed when you try to send a picture,it automatically picks the last picture you took! I DO NOT LIKE THAT! Because sometimes I don’t know itnsent someone that picture! It freezes a lot more now thn last year! Also textnow,needs to cut down on people making multiple textnow accounts,just to spam people and harass people ,start getting device info,and ips,and only allow one textnow per email,device,and ip,and make them verify an email! That will help a great deal! So for it being free when you are connected to WiFi is good! Ok it’s now dec29,2018 the app is even more horrible ,it’s blocking numbers I didn’t block ,being very slow! And deleting texts I didn’t delete ,please work on where we can block entire area codes,telemarketing calls are becoming insane! I’ve got 100 numbers blocked from the same company
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  • Don’t do it!! Nov 30, 2019

    By SirVince
    I’ve been using Text Now for a few months. At first, it started out like a great substitution for the more expensive (and horrible) Sprint service I’ve been wasting my money on. Since they both use the same network, I’d rather pay less for unreliable and sketchy phone service. But believe me, Text Now service is not at all reliable either. You won’t get much reception indoors, your texts msgs may or may not send, and there will be times when you won’t get phone calls. Anyway, my rant today is because TextNow took things to a new low. Today my bill is due and they SHUT ME OFF on the day it’s due. AND it’s a Saturday, so I can’t transfer money from my savings account into my (bill paying) account until Monday. I take complete ownership for not remembering about transferring sooner. Thanksgiving was just 2 days ago and I lost all sense of time in the planning. But to give NO notice is going too far. Since I drive for Uber, I cannot work or earn money either until Monday as well and I’M FURIOUS!!! They are screwing with my livelihood. So PLEASE reconsider your choice to use this service. Don’t be dumb like me. Find another way. Or someday you’ll be writing a scathing review too.
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  • Glitchy May 18, 2020

    By OGBobUSA
    I have been having issues for months now, it would freeze or crash on my iPad mini 4 with the newest version of iOS and the last couple weeks have been horrible! Not getting important texts, or phone calls. It was like my ringer was off, it wasn’t! Once I opened the app it would say 4 Missed Calls, and it never rang! I tested it with a friends phone and called my apps number, it rang on his end but not on my end. After uninstalling and reinstalling the app, restarting before reinstalling, it has gone from being pretty reliable to wondering if I’ll be getting my phone calls! It went from a 4 star App to a 2 star app, and WoW, did I mention adds? Come on Text Now, Do we need adds flashing and popping up? No wonder the App keeps closing when I go to open it, the app is trying to run adds before loading messages! To much running makes apps crash!, UPDATE MAY 17th 2020, I’m still not getting notifications of incoming calls, my Alert goes off for a second and stops. Then a friend called and said somebody answered but wasn’t me. How’s this possible?? I’m not happy with this. Why is this happening? Who’s answering my calls when I’m not?
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  • Jan 14, 2021

    By Ryan Whelan
    Still using this app for now till I get a actual phone. But it still dont ever work right. Like just now I had to enter my cc number but it's not registering right cause it kept doing that the last time. I read the number off the screen and it was exact. When I tried someone else's phone, no problem. Same when I got stuck at the store the other day couldn't call a taxi on this app but wrote a friend on fb and they had no problems. And last whenever a new app wants to send a code it dont work.
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