TextNow and Text Me are similar apps that allow users of Android and Mac OS phones to send texts and make calls for free. They are available through iTunes and Google Play stores, with TextNow offering service on Windows, Kindle and Nook platforms as well.
TextNow enables users to send texts and make calls for free using a dedicated number connected to the application's mailbox. Users trade credits earned or purchased for phone calls to non-TextNow users. Ad placement funds other features. Text Me, a similar app, offers the same features in addition to video calls, but standard text messages are earned on the credit system. Text Me is also ad-supported, though both apps offer paid subscriptions to remove the ads.