Free smartphone plan with 200 minutes and 500MB of data incoming, courtesy of FreedomPop

Free smartphone plan with 200 minutes and 500MB of data incoming, courtesy of FreedomPop
Having proper wireless service – with data, calls and text messages included – can be a costly affair, but the guys at FreedomPop want to give U.S. consumers all of that at no cost. Yes, seriously! The company, which has been selling mobile hotspots and 4G-enabled iPod sleeves since last year, announced its newest service, bound to become available nationwide later this summer.

FreedomPop will soon start offering cellphones of its own, running on the Sprint cellular network, bundled with 500MB of data, unlimited text messages, and 200 minutes, all free of charge. On top of all that, a long-term commitment will not be mandatory, so users may opt-out without having to pay an early termination fee. Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

However, there's some fine print as well, so it's still early to get too excited. At launch, FreedomPop's service will be available only on the company's devices, although users will be allowed to activate their own Sprint phones eventually. Furthermore, these phones will come with custom software pre-installed. The selection of devices, all of which are expected to be priced at $99 to $199, will be very limited at first. Thankfully, a number of smarthpones will be on the list, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S II

Users who need more data will be allowed to purchase extra megabytes. Those who are using a free plan will be charged 2 cents per extra megabyte, while those who opt in for paid service – $18 per month for 2GB, or $29 per month for 4GB of data – will pay an additional cent per every megabyte over their allowance. For $10 extra, one can get unlimited phone calls as well. 

At launch, the free service by FreedomPop will run over 3G and 4G WiMAX, but it will switch over to 4G LTE as Sprint continues to expand its next-gen network. Anyone who is interested is free to sign up on the company's page for news and alerts regarding its launch.



1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

As long as us tax payers aren't the reason it's "free", then bring it. The more options the better.

2. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

No you have to give up all your personal information and deal with a bunch of ads on the phone. Ala the original NetZero.. BTW msa1988 all this anti-government, conspiracy, tea party BS.. is getting ridiculous. That kind of knee jerk political non-sequentor on apolitical websites is getting annoying. It and this BS 24 hr new cycle is what's wrong with america.. (that and the love of reality stars.. i.e. Kardashians, Honey bo bo, et. al) You all need to grow up and start acting like adults with a brain and some cognitive ability. Nothing about some government subsidy, etc.. was even mentioned in the article so to bring it up is assine.

3. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Wow, looks like I sparked the nerve of a liberal. Can you please point out somewhere in the article where it explains why it is free, becuase I can't seem to find one. With no background with NetZero, I'd say my assumption is fair. What's wrong with America is people like you: blind, naive, clueless people calling my statement about government entitlement a "conspiracy" when it's destroying the country.

6. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Relax dude, no need to turn this into a policital catfight with childish name calling and poo flinging. Based on the title I also thought this was a new government subsidized cell plan, which in my opinion is not something that tax payers shouldnt have to foot the bill For. Im a Democrat also, not some right wing nut.

4. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Case in point.. I am an Independent Centrist.. and tired of the BS from both sides.. especially those from the sides that think they need to inject politics into everything.. especially uneducated and ill-informed nonsense from those that see conspiracies and entitlements in everything. BTW BOTH sides talk out of their arse and see conspiracies everywhere. Case in point you had to assume I am a liberal because I think your a nutjob. Which is wrong, I see you and the left as both nutjobs and both need to grow the heck up.

5. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

BTW.. Netzero and other ad supported Free internet services have been around since the dialup era... so for well a over a decade. You shouldn't comment on things you have no idea what your talking about, especially if you want to interject random political nonsense into the civil discourse.

8. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hmm, speaking of "civil discourse", it would help your credibility if you did the same. I don't think inquiring about the possibility of taxpayers subsidizing a 'free' service is out of line. No one (except you) mentioned a conspiracy. And the attempt to connect msa1988's question with an interest in the Kardashians makes absolutely no sense.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I do remember Net Zero...I used it when it launched. I used it for about 2 months...the ads were ridiculously big back then. If this is gonna be something similar....hopefully this type of service is better now. Huge ads, unreliable numbers to connect to the net...Net Zero was a good idea....with bad execution. I havent tried the newer Net Zero services...hopefully this FreedomPop is better.

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