TextFree Unlimited App Review

TextFree Unlimited is no longer available. This review refers to an early version of the app, made available in late 2010.

The Good

The Bad

  • No group texting

While every iPhone and iPod touch comes pre-loaded with the Messages app for texting, it's certainly not the only option you have for SMS communication on iOS. While Messages is full-featured, other texting apps offer features it doesn't have. An app like TextFree Unlimited (Free) lets you send unlimited text messages without a phone. Depending on your monthly phone and data plan, even iPhone users can benefit from this texting app.

Pick Your Own Area Code

TextFree Unlimited works much like TextPlus, but there are a few important differences. With both apps, you need to have a phone number assigned to your account. This is required for devices like the touch that don't have phones built in. Getting a phone number is part of the set up of each app. If you want to choose your own area code and phone number, TextPlus charges $1.99. With TextFree Unlimited, you don’t have to pay extra to get the area code you want. This lets you both customize your number and get one that's easy to remember.

Once you enter your area code where you want your number to be based, the app gives you a choice between several phone numbers. That’s a big benefit to TextFree Unlimited. Like with TextPlus, you’ll need to set up a free account, which takes about two seconds. Sending and receiving texts is simple, and the TextFree Unlimited app is very easy to navigate. TextFree also supports push notifications, so you’ll receive an onscreen notification when you get a new text—even if the app isn’t open. That way you'll never miss an important message.

There are only two notable downsides to TextFree Unlimited. First, it doesn’t have a group texting option. If that feature is important to you, other apps that support group messages are probably a better bet. Secondly, when you compose a text, the words “Sent from TextFree” are added automatically at the end of your message. If you don't every text you send to also be an advertisement, you can manually delete those words or change the signature in the settings menu. The settings menu offers some other useful options, such as the ability to change your texting tones or even turn off the in-app advertisements (for a cool $5.99 per year in-app purchase). 

The Bottom Line

TextFree Unlimited is incredibly easy to use, and it provides unlimited free texting. Most of all, you don’t have to pay extra to pick your own area code. That's a lot of big benefits for an app like this. On the flip side, TextFree Unlimited doesn’t support group texting, which is definitely a drawback, but we still think this is a great download. Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.