TextNow Wireless Phones And Operating Systems

TextNow Wireless phones use custom software in order to work with our service. This software has the Android operating system embedded, and TextNow will release OS updates when available and after being thoroughly tested with our software.

Currently, here are the embedded Android operating systems used with our phone models:

Phone Type Android OS
Moto G 1st Gen 5.0 (Lollipop)
Moto E 5.1 (Lollipop)
Moto G 3rd Gen 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Moto X 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Volt 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Tribute 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Tribute 2 5.1 (Lollipop)
LG Realm 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Nexus 5 5.0 (Lollipop)
Samsung Prevail 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Samsung Core Prime 4.4.4 (KitKat)
Samsung S3 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Samsung S4 5.0 (Lollipop)
Samsung S5 5.0 (Lollipop)
Samsung S6 5.1 (Lollipop)
Samsung S6 Edge 5.1 (Lollipop)
Sharp Aquos 4.4.2 (KitKat)
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    Kelly Butler

    Are any of these able to update to marshmallow that's already available on most phones? Ty

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Kelly,

    Thanks for getting in touch.
    Currently, we're still working on rolling out the Marshmallow update for the majority of our devices. However, we do not have an ETA at this time as we need to ensure the system update will work flawlessly with our service.

    Any updates to the Operating System will be automatically pushed to your phone when they are released!

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    Jim Henry

    Is this service available for Canada if not when and ifor so do you got a number I can sign up

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your interest in TextNow!

    Our data plans are not currently available in Canada, however if you go to our page www.textnow.com/wireless you can sign up for an email update that will let you know when the paid service is available for you :)

    In the meantime feel free to sign up for one of our free accounts that will allow you to call and text for free over wifi, and yes, you will also be able to get a TextNow number when you sign up for that!

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    Joan Davis

    with textnow can I call someone who does not have internet service

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Joan,

    The TextNow service does require internet service, however if you're calling a non-TextNow number, internet access is not required.

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    Mona Rogers

    Is this available for any other devices, like a laptop or computer?

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    Taylor TextNow Support

    Hi Mona,

    Android software is made for Android phones and isn't available on computers, but you can use the TextNow service online at https://www.textnow.com/messaging through your browser! :)