$5 with first month plan free, which includes unlimited 2G data. They do not use native cellular for voice calls, but an App with VoiP instead.

To be confirmed: tethering seems to be enabled by default on any plan: https://supportwireless.textnow.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/208583366-Hotspot 
Still not sure which plan can actually be activated for free the first month, but even the cheapest plan ($14/Month) has the following:
100 MB of data at 3G/4G speed
Unlimited data at 2G speed*
Unlimited Talk and Text to US & Canada

SIM Card
Use your own Phone with TextNow
First month of service free!* & Free shipping
Pre-order: SIM cards will be shipped on November 24, 2016

1.Unlimited data at 2G speeds is subject to our Unlimited 2G Data Fair Use Policy 
* 1-month free service promotion can only be used one time and applies to new customers only. 

Update (10:51 AM PST 11/15/2016): reply from support:
Hi there, 
Thanks for the questions! 
You can change the TextNow plan at any time via the application whether upgrading or downgrading for future use. 
Tethering isn't enabled by default and Hotspots are not officially supported by TextNow. Once you get your plan though, we can enable it on our end and you can see if it works, but this is not a guarantee with our service. 
Our SIM cards only work with TextNow and are not transferable to other carriers. 
We do not have contracts and can cancel the service at any time. 

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