We’re pretty sure that a relatively new company named FreedomPop doesn’t intend to compete in the Lifeline Assistance marketplace, but the company offers a broad range of plans that are so different and so inexpensive that they should not be overlooked. They offer a completely free plan which includes a bundle of free minutes, text and even some data usage on a smartphone. They even have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) plan where you can use their service (even the free one) on your own phone. And if the allotted free minutes are not enough, you can pay a low price for more minutes and texts, and if you really want it all, there is an an unlimited voice, unlimited texting, unlimited internet data plan. On top of all this, there are no contracts for any of the plans.
The FreedomPop Phone Plans
Every FreedomPop plan includes unlimited calling between FreedomPop subscribers. Think of it: if you and your friends and relatives all have a FreedomPop base, free plan, you can have unlimited talk time among yourselves for no calling charges whatsoever.
COMPLETELY FREE: 200 Minutes, 500 Texts, and 500 MB of Data
FreedomPop’s basic plan gives you 200 voice minutes each month, 500 texts each month and 500MB of 4G data with 3G roaming every month. Caller minutes will not be used when calling another FreedomPop user. And all of that is free. We’re not kidding, absolutely free. You have to buy one of their smartphones (one-time price) or bring your own phone, but that’s it.
Additional texts and minutes cost a single cent each. Utilizing more data costs 2.5 cents for every megabyte or $9.99 per gigabyte.
$7.99 Plan: 500 Minutes, Unlimited Texting, and 500 MB of Data
Jump up from the free plan to just $7.99 a month (no contract!), and you’ll receive 500 minutes of voice and unlimited texting each month. In this day and age when people seem to text more than call, this plan should meet the calling and texting needs of just about everyone.
Additional minutes cost a single cent each. Utilizing more data costs 2.5 cents for every megabyte or $9.99 per gigabyte.
$10.99 Plan: Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Texting, and 500 MB of Data
Just a few more dollars a month and you’ll get unlimited voice calls, unlimited texting and 500 MB of data usage. If you only need to check the web a bit here and there, but want no restrictions on calling and texting, this is a great value.
Utilizing more data costs 2.5 cents for every megabyte or $9.99 per gigabyte.
$20 Plan: Unlimited Voice, Unlimited Texts, and Unlimited Data
Step up to $20 month and you’ll get all the the talk time you want, all the texting you want, and unlimited internet data usage. There is a bit of a catch on the unlimited data, but for most users accessing the web on their smartphones it doesn’t deserve a second thought to. You’ll get the first 1 GB on the Sprint LTE 4G network, and after that you fall back on to the slower WiMax 3G network.
FreedomPop Phone Options
The smartphones that are available directly from FreedomPop are considerably better than the phones you’ll most likeky get from the free government cell phone providers. We’re talking Android and IOS phones. You’ve got a choice of buying any of three LTE-enabled Samsung devices: the Galaxy S4 ($329), the Galaxy S III ($199), and the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE ($119); and you can also get an iPhone 5 for $399. Note that models and prices may vary after the time of this writing.
If you think some of these phones are a bit more expensive than you see advertised at other cell phone providers, remember that the phones come contract-free, and you own the phone. When you get a phone from a typical phone carrier, your will most likely not own the phone until your contract ends; end the contract early and you owe money on the phone.
FreedomPop’s Use Your Own Phone Progrm
If you already have a phone or none of the choices at FreedomPop work for you, there is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. The program is compatible with most phones that run on the Sprint network. You will have to check your particular phone model on the FreedomPop website, where they have a page to check compatibility. There’s no extra fee for using your own phone. You can choose to use any of the plans we’ve described above, including the completely free 200 minute plan if you want. If you already have a phone number, you can port that to FreedomPop.
The FreedomPop “Over-The-Top” Phone and Text App
Now for something really interesting. As if all of these options were not enough, FreedomPop has recently announced its new “over-the-top” (OTT) phone and text app for Android and IOS phones. With this free app, you can make voice calls and text, along with your own voicemail, for absolutely no cost — you do not even need a FreedomPop plan. In addition, they will also give you a new phone number for the phone, or port over an existing number if you wish to transfer an existing line.
Now, you’ll have to get to a WiFi area to use this app, unless you want to connect via an existing phone connection you might have, but with WiFi everywhere these days, it might work for you. If you have a home internet connection already, this is an easy way to have a phone working at your house — absolutely free of monthly charges.
How can FreedomPop Give All This Away?
You may be wondering, just how can FreedomPop afford to give away so much for free? Why do they do this? Simple: as with all “freemium” programs, they introduce themselves to you with free services, and then hope that you want to upgrade to more minutes, more texting, or more data usage.
But their calling service is considerably less expensive to run than a traditional phone carrier. FreedomPop uses a VoIP system to convert calls into data, which are transferred over the internet lines the company bought from Sprint. This cost of this method is about a quarter of the cost legacy services.
In addition, if you are interested in other mobile internet options, check out the FreedomPop mobile internet page at CheapInternet.com.
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