Canadians are taking stock of their personal finances as they navigate the next few months of the pandemic. One company is offering to help out with phone bills by porting your number over to their online service.
In a tweet, Derek Ting, CEO and Co-founder, TextNow, said if you can no longer afford your phone bill, then you should send him a direct message, and they will try to set you up with free cell service.
He also said if a person needed a device, they would get them one as well.
"We have a solution, and we want to help people to not worry about their phone bill, so I know phone bills are really expensive especially in Canada, and we just wanted to do something to help other people right now in this difficult time," Ting said.
We want to help during these difficult times. If you can no longer afford your phone bill, DM us and we'll do our best to set you up with free phone service. https://t.co/CIX44y9q21— TextNow (@TextNow) April 2, 2020
TextNow offers free cell service through a single SIM card purchase, and is ad-supported, with the option to upgrade to a monthly plan without ads. Through an arrangement with Sprint, their wireless networks are provided on the Nationwide Sprint Network in the United States.
However, in Canada, the company does not currently have access to cell towers in the country, and can only provide calls through local wifi.
"Everyone is at home anyways, and they should be at home. Most of the time there is WiFi, so if you're near WiFi all the time, and you can't afford to pay your hundred dollars a month Rogers bill or Bell bill, there's an option."