We’ve written about FreedomPop before and suggested that the company has a plan that may be right for some people looking for low-cost cell phone service. Now FreedomPop has added a new wrinkle that allows customers to bring their own Apple iPhones to the party.
Just in case you’re not familiar with the FreedomPop program, here’s how we described it in an earlier article:
If you need more than the 250 free minutes offered in most of the free government cell phone programs, or if you don’t qualify for the program, and if you can afford to pay a very reasonable price for a real smart phone, FreedomPop may be for you. Its basic plan gives you 200 voice minutes each month, 500 texts each month and 500MB of 4G data with 3G roaming every month. And all of that is free. Absolutely free.
Please understand that FreedomPop isn’t free, but it is inexpensive and is worth a look for anyone who doesn’t qualify for Lifeline Assistance, the free government cell phone program. Especially if you’re already using an iPhone.
To be completely honest, FreedomPop doesn’t support every iPhone model, but it does support the vast majority of them, including the very popular iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models. And if you don’t already own an iPhone, FreedomPop will sell you one for as little as $349. The iPhone 5 was introduced nearly two years ago, which means it isn’t Apple’s latest nor greatest model, and that $349 is a lot of money for a cell phone, but that’s precisely why we said the FreedomPop plan should be viewed as a relatively inexpensive alternative for anyone who doesn’t qualify for the free government cell phone program.
Of course, FreedomPop still offers other Android smart phones including the Samsung Galaxy SII for $159 and HTC EVO 4G for $99.
(In the interest of full disclosure, the writer of this article is still using an iPhone 3. My cell phone needs are pretty basic and I prefer the sleek, rounded corner design to the square edges of Apple’s newer models).
At this point you’re probably wondering what this so-called “alternative to the free government cell phone program” offers. So here goes: FreedomPop’s “Basic” plan gives you 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500MB data per month at no charge. That’s right — absolutely free. You can get other paid monthly plans that offer additional voice and text options, and you can also get options that offer more data usage, but you’ll pay for it on a per-megabyte basis.
You have to admit that the FreedomPop program sounds intriguing and you’re probably wondering how they can afford to offer so much free cell phone usage. The answer is really pretty simple: Unlike other cell phone companies, FreedomPop uses VoIP (Voice-over-Internet- Protocol) and routes your calls across the internet. The difference is transparent to the user.
￼If you’ve tried FreedomPop, we’re sure our readers would love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment to let everyone know the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.
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