TextNow iPhone App Review

The Good

  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Lots of upgrade opportunities

The Bad

  • Busy interface
  • Didn't get desired area code

TextNow is another free texting app that works with a variety of Apple products, including the iPhone and iPod touch. However, it’s really valuable for iPod touch users, who don’t have a phone and have no way to send text messages except for apps like this one. I put TextNow to the test against favorites like textPlus and TextFree Unlimited to see how it stacks up. 

Don't count on getting your desired area code

To start using the app, you’ll need to create a free account. After entering your username and password, you can search for your desired area code. The app specifies that your preferred area code may not be available, but they’ll try to give you something nearby if it’s not. Well, that didn’t work out for me, as I was assigned an area code completely across the country from my desired location. If you really want your own area code -- without paying a fee -- TextFree Unlimited is a better choice. 

Sending text messages is very similar to other texting apps. TextNow integrates with your contact list, so all you have to do is tap the compose icon, pick a contact, and start typing. You can also send picture texts with the TextNow app, but only some U.S. carriers are supported, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint (you can find a full list in the app description). Like the other texting apps I’ve reviewed, TextNow supports push notifications so you’ll be alerted when you get a new text. 

TextNow is completely free, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend money using this texting app. There are a variety of upgrade opportunities, including call forwarding, ringtone packs, premium wallpapers, and one year of ad-free texting. You can purchase any of these upgrades within the app.

Compared to the other texting apps, the interface is a little busy. All these apps have ads, but the brightly colored texting bubbles and picture background are a little overwhelming to the eyes. 

The Bottom Line

TextNow is a good texting app for the iPod touch, but I prefer TextFree Unlimited. It has a nicer interface and it’s easier to get the area code of your choice. That said, TextNow works like it should and it is simple to send and receive text messages. Since it is free, TextNow is worth checking out to see if it works for you. Overall rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. 

What You’ll Need

TextNow is compatible with the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone. It requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.