You might be struggling with how to get a fully working US or Canadian phone number here in Ghana. Lots of people who are into online business and other stuff will suddenly have the idea to get a US phone or telephone number for daily running.
Either to use of WhatsApp or other popular signup platforms. Most people will like to have it for free… if so, then this article is for you.
Once again, you are covered in this article, by the end of this article you will be able to create a USA or Canadian phone number for either your personal uses or for your business. In this guide, we will be providing you with three different ways to do this and also throw light on the procedure using one of the mentioned options in the article.
With this, all you need is an internet connection and some petty stuff I am about to let you know in this article. I am recommending Textnow for now in this article because creating a phone number with Textnow is easy and simple, you do not need to have a special skill or be a computer pro.
- 1 How To Get Free US Number
- 2 What Is Textnow?
- 3 What You Need To Create An Account With Textnow
- 4 Steps To Get A US or Canadian Number With Textnow
- 5 What You Can Do With Textnow Phone Number
- 6 How To Download Textnow On Your Phone
- 7 Pros Of Using Textnow Phone Numbers
- 8 Cons Of Using Textnow number in Ghana
How To Get Free US Number
In the intro, we made mention of listing the various ways in which you can get your phone number for free. Below are ways in which you can get them now.
1. Using the Google Voice
2. Using the Textnow app
3. Using App on play store or App store like Textfree, Text me, Text plus etc.
What Is Textnow?
With Textnow you can get your free phone number free without paying anything. Although to use some features on textnow you have to pay some little amount of money to buy credit. Just like how you recharge your airtime cards on your phone here in Ghana.
But comes with a bonus, calling a US or Canadian number with your textnow phone number, you will not have to pay for that, I mean it’s free to make calls with people in the North America region. This is because these phone numbers are seen to be local numbers. But to call international thus, phone number outside the North American region, you will have to buy credits.
What You Need To Create An Account With Textnow
Firstly, you’ll have to create a phone number to get an account with them. And then you proceed with other processes. Below are the stuff you will need.
1. Email address or Apple account
2. A strong VPN or socks.
3. The postcode or zip code of the region you’re trying to use.
Steps To Get A US or Canadian Number With Textnow
The steps in getting the number here in Ghana is easily and simple with textnow. You just have to follow the below steps carefully, else you will find yourself struggling to get it done. If not done well, you can create an account but never be allowed to get a zip code to use. And without a zip code, your free phone number can not be generated.
1. Connect your socks or VPN to a location like the US, Canada, UK, Switzerland or any western European country:
This is the most important part of them all. If you do not have a stable and strong socks that will give you a good location and static IP address. Creating the account can be difficult. And even if you create it, getting a phone number will be another problem. Most VPN give you different IP address anytime you connect to them. Most of them have their IP addresses to be tagged or labelled as spam. In this case, you should get a good reputable VPN even if premium. If not, try to get socks which is fully covered according to reviews from people online.
2. Click on sign up
3. Type in your email address and preferred password. You can also go straight to signup with your Apple or Gmail account.
After this wait for your account to be created, and you will be logged in automatically.
4. Now verify your email:
Just like you will do everywhere, proceed to verify your account. You might see this verification mail in your inbox, if not check your spam box. Maybe its been marked as a spam.
Take note that, trying to get the phone number first before doing that can end up getting your account deleted or blocked. And because they have your browser cookie it will be a bit difficult to create a new one with that same device. Unless you clear your browsing cookie with some software in other to enable your device from not being recognized.
The problem is, sometimes you will not find their verification message in your inbox. If that happens to you do not worry, check your spam messages may be Google has marked it as spam message. Verify your message if you find it.
5. Type in the zip code of the state you want its phone number in the box provided and wait a bit for textnow to get you a free phone number. Example is if you want a California phone number 213, 310, 610, 714 or if you want a New York number this some of their Phone code 718, 212, 917 etc.
What You Can Do With Textnow Phone Number
You can use your generated phone number to do lots of things, but you cannot use it to do something’s as well. Just as they say everything got its own limits. The following are some few things you can do with your Textnow telephone number.
1. Creating a PayPal account
2. Creating a Facebook account
3. Free phone calls thus, North America regions only.
4. Unlimited texting for US and Canadian numbers only
5. You can use it as your Google Business phone number
How To Download Textnow On Your Phone
Here because of location problems, you might not find the textnow app on your Google Play Store or Apple Store. What is best is to get a good socks on your mobile. And a good socks will run smoothly on your mobile device if your device has enough RAM to support its running.
Or you can connect to a strong or stable VPN on your PC or laptop. Hop on Google or Apple Store. Type in Textnow and download the app. You’ll have to transfer the app to your connected mobile device. So in this case, the app will be installed on your phone after it download on your PC or Laptop.
Pros Of Using Textnow Phone Numbers
1. Requires no special skills to use
2. It is Free of charge.
3. Unlimited Calls to US and Canadian numbers
4. Unlimited Texting to US and Canadian number
5. It has an easy-to-use user interface and welcoming colours.
Cons Of Using Textnow number in Ghana
1. Requires internet connection: To use it freely down here in Ghana, you have to be connected to the internet. Either you are using it on your mobile phone, desktop, or Laptop etc.
2. Requires a VPN if you are located in Ghana: Another thing you need is a VPN, without a strong VPN you can not use Textnow in Ghana because of your IP address. Using free VPNs is not an option as well. As said earlier, almost all of them have their IP addresses marked as spam.
3. Cannot be used for WhatsApp: From our research at first, numbers generated on textnow could be used to create a WhatsApp account. But for now, these numbers cannot be used to create WhatsApp again. That service is unavailable now.
4. Cannot be used Paxful: Not only paxful, but any company that do not accept VoIP. You simply can not used generated phone numbers online to access them. And example is some dating websites, crypto platform etc.
5. You sometimes receive unwanted or unknown messages from unknown numbers: This also a major problem you will be facing using a Textnow. Not always, but sometimes you will receive text messages and phone calls from unknown phone numbers.
This is because someone was using the phone number you are using at first. Textnow will take their phone number back if you do not text or make calls with it frequently. They will not just take the phone number, but they will alert you several times before they take it.
In conclusion, this everything you need to know when willing to get a foreign phone number for free down here in Ghana or Africa per se. Just as you know, mostly, free options will cause problems here and there when using them. With Textnow and Google’s voice, you should try to get a new email address which is a foreign one and then proceed to get a phone number with them.
They are all free to access, but you will have to buy credits sometimes when willing to make some calls or text sometimes. Do you find this article helpful, share it to your friends and business partner who are also wanting to get them self a US or Canadian phone number. Drop your questions or suggestions in the comment section if you have any.