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There's a catch, but it's not what you think: This phone can be yours without any kind of contract.
Last year's flagship phone is this year's steal, provided you're willing to live with a couple of compromises.
TextNow does not have a bring-your-own device option but the company said it plans to offer one in the future.
The plan offers 500MB of data, 750 rollover minutes, and unlimited texting and incoming calls.
The refurbished 1st-gen phone pairs with TextNow's newly updated monthly plans, which start at $18.99 for unlimited everything. You can also get a 1st-gen Moto X for $149.99.
It's getting cheaper and easier to own a smartphone, but is there a downside to breaking away from the Big Four?
The service is making some interesting moves in the BYOD arena, and without some of the compromises imposed by other low-cost carriers.
Bring on the surf and sand! Samsung's ruggedized version of the beloved S4 is a colossal bargain, and you can take it to any GSM carrier.