TextNow is a completely free and unlimited texting and calling service available directly from the computer. The app directly integrates with a user's Windows contacts. After sign up, depending on the area code chosen, the service assigns a unique phone number to a particular user.
TextNow has a very easy setup. Sending and receiving unlimited texts within the United States and Canada is possible. A distinguishing feature is that friends and family do not need to have the TextNow app in order to receive messages. It is also possible to send picture messages. Use of TextNow is also possible on iOS, Android and BlackBerry.
The features of the TextNow app include the ability to set tones for a specific conversation; loads of wallpapers, color schemes and ringtones to choose from; the facility to design a signature and the possibility of customizing tones for texting contacts. The TextNow app also features emoticons, texting backgrounds, user interface themes and Google voice integration. In addition, it is possible to use personal pictures as wallpaper.
The application either uses 3G or Wi-Fi. Use of the phone number provided is possible on the phone, tablet and computer. There is texting and calling facility from the Web browser without any installation requirement. The TextNow app phone plans have no contracts. It also provides free, visual voice mail and call forwarding.