Textfree Unlimited

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRuth W. February 11, 2018

It's amazing. Best texting app I've used so far.

I used this app when I was 16, when I didn't have a phone because my parents didn't allow me to have one.The ads at the side of the message box were a... Continue reading
Adult Written byLada O. May 30, 2017

Unresponsive Customer Care support.

My family has received life threathening messages, reported to authoritis. I have contacted pinger over 7 days ago with no reply. Very dissapointed in customer... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 7, 2017

great app

this app is perfect because my messaging app does't work and this app allows me to text my friends
Teen, 13 years old Written bySamantha.f July 13, 2015

exactly like a phone

this is a wonderful app that allows your child to text his or her friends. it's a great tool to teach children how to use Internet and social networking. y... 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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($2.99 to remove ads and $1.99-$18.99 for minutes)
  • Release date: August 9, 2010
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: Pinger, Inc.
  • Version: 3.5.1
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2 or later, Android 2.1 and up
  • Last updated: March 05, 2019

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