One of the main complaints about Lifeline, the free government cell phone program, has been that customers’ existing cell phones were incompatible with the program. That’s no longer a problem for some because FreedomPop is shaking up the entire cell phone business.
FreedomPop bills itself as “America’s first free mobile service company” and its latest innovation allows customers to use their existing Sprint cell phones as part of the FreedomPop plan.
They call it the “Bring Your Own Phone” plan and it allows customers to switch their service over to FreedomPop. How? Well, it’s simpler than it sounds. A lot simpler, in fact. All you do to make the switch is go to FreedomPop.com/phoneactivate and activate your phone on the FreedomPop network. Voila! Your phone will begin working on FreedomPop’s nationwide 3G and 4G network. And you’ll get free voice, free text and 500 MBs of free data every month.
What you get from FreedomPop
Let’s take a little closer look at what you get for free from FreedomPop. The company’s basic plan gives you 200 voice minutes each month, 500 texts each month and 500MB of 4G data with 3G roaming every month. To repeat, it’s all free for as long as you want to keep your account.
It’s estimated that the average customer may save more than $1,000 per year over competing wireless plans with the FreedomPop program. What’s more, it’s estimated that heavy internet users can save 80-90% when compared to similar plans.
“At a time when carriers are squeezing voice and text revenues from consumers, we are liberating them with absolutely free voice, text and data connectivity,” said FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols.
Other FreedomPop services aren’t completely free
If your phone is not supported in your area, FreedomPop will ask if you wish to look at their other phone plans. Should you decide to try a FreedomPop program other than the “Bring Your Own Phone” plan, let us remind you that FreedomPop is not completely free. Unlike Lifeline, the free government cell phone program, which offers consumers cell phones absolutely free of charge, FreedomPop charges for its phones. And that may be the biggest difference between the programs. The free Lifeline phones are generally refurbished recent models, but FreedomPop offers a new Android smartphone for $99.
As we say in every article about FreedomPop, the program isn’t right for everyone. But if you can afford the cost of the company’s $99 smartphone, everything else is free.
If you don’t qualify for a free government cell phone or if you’d like to upgrade to a newer, smarter phone, FreedomPop may be exactly what you’re looking for. And if you have an old Sprint phone laying around, then the “Bring Your Own Phone” plan can be a Godsend for you.