TextNow to Let Customers Call More than 150 Countries
TextNow today said it is adding support for international calling to more than 150 countries around the globe. Moreover, the cloud-based communications company will let customers earn credits towards their bill or international calls. The new service allows TextNow users to use their existing number to call countries at low international rates. Some of the countries include China, India, and Mexico. The app lets people see the rate for each country prior to connecting the call so users have an idea of how much the entire call might cost. Further, TextNow is making all calls and texts between the U.S. and Canada free to all users, even those who use the free version of the TextNow app. Support for international calling will roll out slowly over the next few months to those who register for the beta. Customers willing to watch video ads or participate in surveys can earn credits towards future service or calls, says TextNow. TextNow's service relies on VoIP to connect calls. TextNow users can place calls from their cell phone, tablet, or PC as long as they have an internet connection. The app is available to Android, iOS, Mac OS, and Windows.
Project Fi Adds More Roaming Coverage and Travel Alerts
Google's Project Fi today expanded the number of countries in which subscribers can roam. Project Fi was already available in 135 countries, and now subscribers can visit any of 170 countries and access their Project Fi service.
TextNow Scores More Smartphones and Payment Locations
TextNow today announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG Volt, two new additions to its roster of handsets. TextNow is selling the Galaxy S5 for $399 new or $299 refurbished.
Verizon Prepaid Customers Gain HD Voice
Verizon Wireless today said its prepaid subscribers will have access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls, starting September 25. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.
AT&T Debuts Free Spam Call Blocking
AT&T today announced AT&T Call Protect, a free service that automatically blocks and warns about fraudulent calls. AT&T says Call Protect is available to customers who have HD Voice service, and it only works in areas where HD Voice coverage is available.