FreedomPop sweetens its free phone service by adding 4G LTE, also adds a premium $20 unlimited plan

by: Andrew GrushMay 22, 2014

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FreedomPop first introduced its free U.S.-based mobile phone service in October of last year. At the time, they promised 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB for absolutely free, aside from the initial cost of buying a phone. There was even an unlimited talk/text option for $10.99, though no way to expand the limited amount of data.

Fast-forwarding to today, FreedomPop still offers the same amounts of data, texts and voice for free, but it’s sweetening the pot by introducing a $20 “Unlimited Everything” option for those that need even more. With the unlimited package you not only get unlimited talk and text, but you can also consume as much data as you like.

So what’s the catch? As you might expect, they do limit the amount of high-speed data. You can utilize 1GB of data at LTE speeds each month, after that you can continue to eat all the data you want, but at 3G levels instead. All new LTE-supported devices on FreedomPop also offer free tethering as an added bonus.


Smartphone choices just got a whole lot better

In October, FreedomPop didn’t offer 4G LTE. Heck, the only handset they gave us at launch was the aging HTC Evo Design. Things got a bit better when they introduced a bring-your-own device program in November that allowed you to bring the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus and a few older (non-LTE) handsets over to their Sprint-based network.

Now FreedomPop is raising the bar once again, offering the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 LTE and the Samsung Victory 4G LTE. Pricing is $349, $189 and $119 respectively.

So how does FreedomPop work? In a nutshell, it uses Sprint’s 4G LTE network and places all calls and texts through a VOIP system, as opposed to using a traditional method for making calls/texts. Of course, FreedomPop will only be worth your consideration if you happen to live in an area with strong Sprint coverage.

Anyone interested in giving FreedomPop a try now that it’s embracing 4G LTE? Any existing FreedomPop customers reading this, and if so, what do you think of the service based on your experience with it?

  • Ryu

    If they were to use T-Mobile’s or even AT&T’s netowork, I would be overjoyed. Until then they are useless to me.

    • ShawnT

      @Rye you dont benefit me in any way, so your useless to me too.

      • Ryu

        And you are too much of a coward to insult anyone without commenting as a guest.

  • ddtn

    I’ve got a couple older Sprint phones (Sprint has worked fine for me for the past 10+ years), so I’m considering Freedompop. Seems like I’d only have to pay a $19.99 activation fee to test it out.

    • Gabriel Rivas

      Your old Sprint phones will not work with the $20 unlimited plan. The only way to get that plan if you purchase the phone directly from FreedomPop.

      I have a Sprint iPhone 5 with Freedompop, and I can’t get the Unlimited Everything. They said they are going to offer that plan Soon to existing customers and to everyone since July 2014. Now it is August 31st and nothing.

      • ddtn

        I signed up for the no cost FreedomPop plan with my old Sprint Motorola Photon. I get 200 talk, 500 text & 500mb of data. My only cost was the $19.99 activation fee.

        So far, i’m reasonably satisfied. The text & data work fairly well. The VOIP talk is not so great, but it serves my needs fairly well (my kid has the phone and uses it to text/call us when they need a ride home from practice).

        We also use the phone as a hotspot for our tablet and ipod.

        • Gabriel Rivas

          That’s good. I use the same plan you have (200mins, 500 texts and 500mb), but I would like to get the Unlimited Everything plan for $19.99 a month. The only way to get Unlimited Everything is if you buy the phone from FreedomPop and choose that plan. Existing customers don’t have that option or those who bring their own devices to FreedomPop.

          The plan I am getting now is free, but I prefer paying to get Unlimited Everything plan instead.

        • Gabriel Rivas

          It says Unlimited Everything will be available to existing customers/everyone, but it’s been 3 months already (since June 2014)

  • Ive been using them for over 6 months now. Im impressed with their free service with my $75 Samsung Galaxy S2 in Atlanta GA. I just bought another phone off ebay and plan to get my 13 year old the free service as well.