Currently making waves in the mobile industry is FreedomPop, an LA based company that offers free cell phone service options and free hotspot options to the average user. Founded in 2012, this mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) doesn’t own wireless infrastructure so it instead purchases its data, SMS and voice capacity from Sprint at wholesale prices, and then turns around to offer them to their users through their free plans or through one of their premium packages. These plans are currently available in the US and UK, with plans in the works to expand all over the world.
There is a great FreedomPop review if you want to go here, but here’s the basics: Offering both their paid and free versions, FreedomPop is offering real options when it comes to finding a mobile and wireless plan that will fit your budget. Their free cell service offers 500 MB of 4G data, 200 voice mail minutes and unlimited texting, with no contracts or cancellation fees. If that doesn’t seem like a lot of data to you, then you should know there are ways to increase your data, like paying 0.02 per extra MB, inviting friends to join, which earns you 10 free MB per month for every friend or you could complete offers like taking surveys or downloading software to earn free data from services like Netflix, FreeCreditReport.com, and online games and newsletters.
There are also some great paid options, like the $5.00 per month WiFi calling which doesn’t use cell towers but instead uses your WiFi connection to send and receive calls and texts. This would be a great option for those who live in metropolitan areas. There is also the $10.99 per month unlimited talk and text with 500 MB of data, which offers a free one month trial and the $20.00 per month unlimited talk and text with 1GB of data. The nice thing about this plan is that there are no extra fees if you go over your data, but you will notice some slower speeds as you move from 4G to 3G.
The internet service options also include a free plan, the Basic 500 MB which runs on 4G with extra data costing 2 cents per MB, the Pro 500 MB plan which costs $3.99 per month after a free month trial, uses both 3G and 4G and also costs and extra 2 cents for extra MB. The last option is the Premium 2 GB at $19.99 per month after your free month trial. There are also several options for devices, with refundable deposit prices ranging from $39.99-$129.99.
Due to their connection to Sprint, all Sprint devices are compatible with FreedomPop and can be switched over. If you don’t have one you can head over to their website which offers a huge variety of phones, tablets and devices for you to choose from.