When you’re looking to get a new cell phone plan, there are many other options you can consider besides just a regular plan with a major carrier. In fact, you might see a monthly deal with the carrier that looks good, but end up having to pay much more because of activation fees, data usage, and other service fees. And unfortunately if you’re still under contract with your carrier, you’ll get slapped with an early termination fee when you try to leave. But instead of going through all of that, FreedomPop might be a better choice for you. This brief FreedomPop review explains who they are and what they do.
FreedomPop is actually the first of its kind free cell phone plan provider. Well, no it’s not all free, you have to buy your phone, but you have the choice to go with a free plan with limited talking, texting, and data usage, or you can go with one of their premium plans. FreedomPop premium plans include a WiFi plan that you can use the phone over WiFi networks for $5 a month, and an unlimited plan for $20 a month that uses areas covered by Sprint’s network with unlimited calling, texting, and data usage, although internet speeds for the data usage will slow down after the monthly cap is exceeded.
All of this is possible because of FreedomPop’s partnership with Sprint, allowing users in Sprint’s service areas to use mobile services. They started out in 2011 with Clearwire 4G, but added Sprint later to expand coverage, and in recent years have started what’s called the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) option where users who may have terminated previous cell phone contracts can then move those phones under FreedomPop. In addition, you can also get home internet plans without having to go through a cable company or major DSL provider.
Now on the downside, this service is not for everyone, such as those who do a lot of traveling in rural areas or who need a wide coverage map. And their home internet plans may not be the best idea for those who use the internet for a lot of gaming or Netflix watching. But if you primarily stay in urban areas where Sprint’s service is available and your mobile usage is low enough that you could save money with their services, you may just want to give FreedomPop a try.