While they each seem like a necessary evil, the big guns of
mobile have gotten increasingly greedier and more expensive at
every turn. The plans from the likes of Verizon, AT&T,
T-Mobile, and Sprint sometimes cost more than some average
households are willing to cough up each month.
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) may
offer a solution. For those that don’t know, MVNOs lease the
same towers from the aforementioned carriers to allow customers to
connect at a discounted rate while the virtual network handles the
customer service, etc.
FreedomPop was founded in 2012 by a capital investment venture
led by creators Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar to start a new
carrier that molds free, open Internet with the traditional mobile
telecom services. The company has a base focus with phones that
work completely over the internet via voice over IP and supplements
that when you are away from Wi-Fi with carrier towers.
FreedomPop original launched with a limited run of phones
compatible with Sprint. In 2016 the company expanded to “global
compatibility” with a new partnership providing coverage with
AT&T’s network. A year later it inked a deal with
Target to sell service inside its stores to compete with
and Straight Talk.
What are FreedomPop Rate Plans?
As mentioned above, FreedomPop starts at a free tier for just
Wi-Fi enabled smartphone plans and moves towards more traditional
monthly rates as you add data and voice away from Wi-Fi
FreedomPop offers two versions of free plans. You can choose
between either a CDMA backed line by Sprint
or a GSM line with AT&T.
The CDMA option gives you 200 minutes of talk time, 500 texts,
and 500MB data per month. The GSM alternative has 200 minutes of
talk, 500 texts, and 200MB of 4GB LTE data.
What about plans with more
FreedomPop has competitive rates for plans at 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB
of data, and they get cheaper if you commit to longer terms.
Discounts are applied when pre-paying quarterly, semi-annually (6
months), or annually –much like Mint
Mobile. Suffice it to say, the longer your commitment, the
bigger the discount.
Here’s how it breaks down monthly when committing with various
- Monthly: $24.99/mo
- Quarterly: $13.99/mo
- Semi-Annually: $11.99/mo
- Annually: $9.99/mo
- Monthly: $34.99/mo
- Quarterly: $18.99/mo
- Semi-Annually: $17.99/mo
- Annually: $14.99/mo
- Monthly: $59.99
- Quarterly: $24.99
- Semi-Annually: $22.99
- Annually: $19.99
What is the handset selection like at FreedomPop
There are a number of phones available to
purchase from FreedomPop, including those from LG, Samsung, and
Apple. Selection is pretty solid but you won’t find anything on
the high end of the spectrum.
Are there any deals at FreedomPop?
There aren’t any special promotions or deals on rate plans or
new accounts, at least at this time. Looking at the shop is a
slightly different experience, though. Some phones have instant
discounts; other devices are refurbished and cheaper than buying a
brand new model.
It’s not clear how long the promotion will last, but there is
a 20% off coupon which can be applied by entering the code
Can I bring my own phone to FreedomPop?
Yes, FreedomPop does offer you the opportunity to bring your
device to its network. Check the device’s compatibility at the
BYOD page to make
sure your current model works well with its networks.
Source: FS – Android
FreedomPop deals, rate plans, phones, and info for July 2019