Textfree Unlimited

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Free alternative (with ads) for text-message junkies.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Set-up and operation are intuitive -- and chatting with friends is a breeze, though you'll have to give out a different number than your mobile device's.

Violence
Sex
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Consumerism

The price for a free way to text is to be subjected to a frequent stream of banner ads at the bottom of the screen, which are easy to accidentally click as you're typing a text message. To hide the ads, you'll have to pay a $5.99 annual fee.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Textfree Unlimited is a workaround for kids and tweens who don't have a cell phone, but still want to text with their friends (and who covet the all-important phone number). It's also a way for iPhone users to lower the text charges on their monthly bill. The app assigns a random phone number, making it compatible with SMS providers. It's very ad-intense, though -- and if you want to do away with the commercials, it will cost $5.99 per year. As with any texting program, the messages (and the level of acceptability of those messages) received by your child depends greatly on the sender. The app does not accept sent pictures, though, preventing your child from receiving inappropriate images.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bysweetiepiecy November 30, 2013

Not appropriate for anyone under 16!!!

Its great that my 10 yr old daughter can text me, but she started getting random msgs from people/men with very inappropriate things. One msg talked about drugs... Continue reading
Parent Written bycommon.sense101 August 19, 2012

Stranger Danger

What's to stop creepers from texting my kid? I found messages from a multiple phone numbers linked to text-free they aren't appropriate conversation... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpielberg00 August 4, 2011

Not for all ages.

My 9-year-old sister won't get off this. She comes home every day and when my mother asks her to do her chores, she says, "Hold on! Let me check my... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPinkalicious28 March 23, 2013

Great App!

I have an iPod touch, but I don't have a cell phone (even though I'm 14). In addition to iMessaging, i can text people from this who don't own a... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Today's phones are often used more for texting than calling -- and the costs of those SMS messages can add up quickly. TEXTFREE UNLIMITED lets people text as much as they want without causing a spike in their phone bill. The reliability of the app is pretty solid. We didn't encounter any "dark" periods when testing, regardless of time. Receivers always got their messages promptly and their replies were just as speedy. The volume of ads is annoying, though -- and tacking on a recurring annual fee to a free app feels a bit iffy. (The app used to carry a one-time charge of $5.99 for no ads.) Parents will still need to monitor who their kids are texting and what's being said, but for the budget conscious, this is a good alternative.

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