FreedomPop is a revolutionary cellular and internet service provider that launched in 2011 and is still going strong due to its highly acclaimed service. This FreedomPop review by Birken on PT Money argues the same- the basic service, which is free for one year and $11 monthly after that, options to increase data, voice or text capabilities for small sums each month are well worth the cost and enable even those with the tightest of budgets the ability to stay connected. Despite a small deposit for WiFi service or needing to find or purchase a CDMA cell phone, this is a truly cheap and convenient alternative for light internet users.
FreedomPop offers a basic free mobile no contract plan- 500 MB of data, 200 minutes, and unlimited texting for one year. They have a handful of paid plans for those who need more- such as a $5 monthly WiFi only unlimited calling/texting option for those who live in areas with public WiFi hotspots. An unlimited talk and text plan with 500MB of data goes for $10.99 monthly; they also offer a $20 unlimited talk and text, with 1 GB of 4G data, compared to a similar plan formerly offered by T-Mobile for $40. You can also always add more 4G data by paying $0.02 per MB, or completing surveys and other miscellaneous tasks available.
In addition to these no-contract plans, FreedomPop also introduced a cheap 1 and 2 year pay up front plans, for $79.99 and $110 respectively. If a consumer was going to pay for the unlimited talk, text, and 500 MB of data at $10.99, they could save $52 off of the already exceptionally cheap plan for one year, and $154 if they select the two year pre-paid plan, with the additional benefit of having a voicemail box. According to their website, this is 90- 95% off of AT&T prices for similar plans. They also offer free and low cost options for internet service, after a small deposit for the WiFi device you’ll receive 500 MB of 4G data monthly. A similar 500 MB plan with the ability to use 4G and 3G for $3.99, or a $20 monthly for 2GB.
All in all, FreedomPop, although not for the most demanding of data users, appears to be a cost effective alternative to sky high telecom rates.While unconventional, it has decent coverage and has the benefits and features most average cellphone users seek while being flexible and easy to drop and pick back up month to month.