You’ve probably heard of zero-rate SIM cards before. The kind of carrier offering that aims to entice you by offering certain services or apps that won’t affect your data allowance. T-Mobile did something along these lines with its free Pokemon Go usage and Facebook’s Free Basics takes a similar approach to the internet as a whole. But if WhatsApp is more your kind of poison and you’re in the market for a new wireless carrier, you might want to check out FreedomPop.
FreedomPop is currently promoting a U.S. SIM card that lets you use WhatsApp for free in more than 30 countries, among other freebies. Considering the degree to which WhatsApp has replaced traditional text messaging, this actually sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Likewise, if you’ve got a big trip planned to Europe the FreedomPop SIM might be the perfect travel companion.
Before you assume that FreedomPop must have struck a sinister back-room deal with Facebook or WhatsApp to cover the cost of offering unlimited access to WhatsApp for free, it doesn’t look that way. FreedomPop has evidently just earmarked WhatsApp as “something the kids are into” and realized it is a good – nay, great – way to attract potential customers.
The free WhatsApp SIM kit also comes with 100 SMS, 100 minutes of talk time and 200 MB of data: all included. Hit the button below to get a SIM or check the list of countries in which you can use unlimited WhatsApp for free with FreedomPop.
Have you used zero-rate services before? What would your ideal zero-rate app be?