Hybrid carrier FreedomPop adds the Samsung Galaxy S II and a $5 unlimited talk and text plan
posted by Alan F. / Feb 10, 2014, 1:36 PM
You might remember hybrid carrier FreedomPop, That's the company that uses a combination of Wi-Fi and Sprint's 3G/4G signal to offer low-priced data. Thanks to the use of Wi-Fi, it is offering an unlimited talk and text service for the ridiculously low price of $4.58 a month. The company also is continuing with its free service which means that you can get 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data each month for free.
The company also announced its highest quality smartphone to date, a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S II, for $169. While we do applaud the effort made by FreedomPop to keep prices low, we do have to shake our heads at a press release that announces that the carrier is "giving customers access to the latest smartphones". The Samsung Galaxy S II is nearly three years old. But FreedomPop did add in its release that high-end LTE models are coming.
"With these new pricing plans we are declaring war on an industry that has for too long taken advantage of consumers and only widened the digital divide. We not only offer 12 months of comparable service for the price of 1 month, but all the billing complexity that frustrates users is gone. There is no need for an annual contract when the total annual cost is under $100."-Stephen Stokols, CEO, FreedomPop
Since starting service last October, FreedomPop has signed up nearly half a million people to its beta invite list. The company recently debuted a BYOD plan for those who want to use their own handset.
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10, 2014 – FreedomPop, America’s first free mobile service company, today announced its new paid mobile phone pricing plans for unlimited voice and text. The new plans are aimed at destroying the current industry pricing model and start at $4.58 per month, making a year’s worth of service equal to less than a month of most large carriers. FreedomPop will continue to offer its free phone plan as well, which includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500 MBs of data 100 percent free.
“With these new pricing plans we are declaring war on an industry that has for too long taken advantage of consumers and only widened the digital divide,” said Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop CEO. “We not only offer 12 months of comparable service for the price of 1 month, but all the billing complexity that frustrates users is gone. There is no need for an annual contract when the total annual cost is under $100.”
The company also announced that since it launched its free phone service in October 2013 it has experienced significant demand, signing up nearly half a million users to its beta invite list. To meet this demand, the company recently announced a “bring your own device plan” and is continuing to add additional devices to its portfolio, giving customers access to the latest smartphones. Today, FreedomPop added its highest quality smartphone to date, the Samsung Galaxy II at an introductory price of just $169 and plans to offer new LTE phones later this year.
“We’re working hard to add high quality devices to meet the growing demand from new users. The Samsung Galaxy II is our most advanced device to date and we plan to add even more high-end options in the weeks to come,” added Stokols. To sign up for the FreedomPop Phone service now, go to FreedomPop.com/phone.
Not a bad start for a first phone, one of the greatest phones of its time (almost every major carrier has or had a variation of it). I had the Virgin variation (Epic 4G Touch, like Sprint) and it is still one of the best phones I ever had. Somewhat outdated compared to today's top phones, but it gets you curious about the rest of the phones they'll have; even if they don't have the latest and greatest, it'll be interesting.
If they get the Moto G...that could be a gamebreaker. That phone on this kind of plan? Whoa.
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