Starter Plan Talk & Text Only FAQ

What's a Talk & Text Only Plan?

Our TextNow Talk & Text Only Plan is aimed at people who only want to, well, talk and text. You'll be able to use our TextNow service off of wifi to make and receive phone calls and send and receive texts, through the TextNow app.

How's it work?

The TextNow Talk & Text Only Plan works exactly like our regular TextNow plans, with the exception of there being no data access when wifi is not available. That means when you're not in wifi, you're still able to send and receive calls and texts, but you won't be able to use any applications that require a data connection. While on wifi, you can use data through the wifi connection normally.

So I won't be able to access the internet while off wifi with the Starter Plan?

Correct. While off wifi, you'll have access to a voice network for calling and texting. You won't be able to surf the web, and elements inside TextNow that require a data connection, such as credit offers, will also not work. (You will be able to access the Support site from the app, however.) Anything requiring a data connection will work normally once you're connected to wifi again.

Can I use my current TextNow device with a Talk & Text Plan?

Yes, as long as the TextNow device you have is 4G LTE capable. At the moment, all the phones we currently sell are 4G LTE capable. The Talk & Text Only Plan requires a 4G LTE connection to work, and is not available for 2G or 3G capable phones.

Can I bring my own device to use with Talk & Text?

Absolutely! As with the TextNow devices in the above question, your phone has to be 4G LTE capable in order to use the Talk & Text Only Plan.

Can I still get notifications from other apps while off wifi?

You can! On the Starter Plan, you'll be able to receive live notifications from other apps, although you won't be able to use the app until you're back in wifi range. That way you'll never miss an important notification while you're out and about.

Will TextNow let me know if my phone is 4G LTE capable?

Yes. During the ordering process, we'll ask you for your devices ESN or IMEI number to check to make sure it's compatible.

Can I move from Talk & Text to a regular data plan, or downgrade from a regular data plan to Talk & Text?

Absolutely! You'll be able to switch back and forth between Talk & Text Only and our regular data plans anytime you like.

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    Ed Bar.

    Customer services needed.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi Ed! You're welcome to head over to our live chat support on for immediate assistance :)

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    Latasha Johnson

    How do I activate my phone for a starter plan

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Latasha! It seems like you were able to complete the activation.

    If you're still experiencing issues, please head over to our live chat support on (bottom right-hand side) for further assistance!

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    Michael Albertson

    How do I talk to someone to start a plan

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Michael! Our live chat support can be found on the bottom right-hand side of this page between 10am-5:30pm EST :)

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    Lori Russom

    If my first month is free why is it asking me to pay $9.99 today

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Lori,

    We're not currently offering any first month free promotions. If you're wanting to activate a phone with our Talk and Text Only plan it will be $9.99/month.