Free Plans For Android Phones From FreedomPop

Summary: Just what is FreedomPop?

By |

6-06-2013 12-50-38 PM

'Freemium' internet service provider FreedomPop has announced its latest game-changing service - what it's claiming will be the first '100% free' cell phone plans.

But, as with all things too good to be true, there's a small catch; the service will initially only be available on selected Android phones.

The no-contract plan will give users a guaranteed 500MB of free 4G data per month, as well as unlimited texting, and 200 minutes of voice. Users on FreedomPop's network will also receive unlimited free voice calls to one another.

The service is expected to launch in August or September, with FreedomPop offering the plans on refurbished WiMax-capable Android devices only. The handsets will be available for less than $200 upfront, and the company is taking pre-orders now.

The service will also work on any Android device running on the Sprint network, which is great news for Sprint customers looking for a cheap voice option.

The basic phone plan will be offered at no monthly charge, although users may opt to pay $10 a month to receive unlimited voice calls. All calls made will be through VoIP, with the exception of calls to emergency services (which are made over cellular networks).

Just what is FreedomPop?

FreedomPop has been offering subscribers free wireless internet since 2011. It runs on a so-called 'freemium' business model, in which users only pay for initial equipment and then enjoy free data (with the option to purchase more at a nominal price). Users are also able to earn free data through referrals, or signing up to services from partner companies.

The company makes money by selling devices and any optional add-on services, but not from its baseline wireless plans. According to its website, FreedomPop believes that internet access is 'a right, not a privilege', and that everyone should have the opportunity to get online and get connected, regardless of income.

Although FreedomPop still hasn't revealed the exact details on how its mobile service will work, it's hoping to become the first all-IP mobile operator, by customizing the Android dialer to route voice calls through its data network.

Currently, there are no plans to expand the service to smartphones running operating systems other than Android, although there's hope than eventually jailbroken iOS devices will work with FreedomPop plans.


Tagged:


News by Topic

Phone Reviews

Featured

Get the Galaxy S3 for $99 with TextNow

Get the Galaxy S3 for $99 with TextNow

Low-cost provider TextNow is offering the Samsung Galaxy S3 for just $99...

No, I don't want an iWatch - unless it does this

No, I don't want an iWatch - unless it does this

We love the idea of an Apple smartwatch, but will it meet our expectations?

T-Mobile cuts prices for family plans, launches double data tablet deal

T-Mobile cuts prices for family plans, launches double data tablet deal

T-Mobile announces a surprise price drop for Simple Choice family plans, and...

 

Related News

Sprint Spark live in 17 new cities

Sprint Spark live in 17 new cities

Sprint has announced its super-fast Sprint Spark enhanced LTE network is up and...

Google launches Inbox: a new way to sort your email

Google launches Inbox: a new way to sort your email

Google wants to change up the way you sort your mail. Currently invite-only.

Sprint Family Share offers 1GB of data for $20, but you can do better

Sprint Family Share offers 1GB of data for $20, but you can do better

Sprint will now increase the amount of monthly data on its entry-level shared...

Nexus 6 is still pretty cheap, even at almost double the price

Nexus 6 is still pretty cheap, even at almost double the price

The Nexus 6 has finally debuted. It's big and expensive for a Nexus, but that...

Are you a Sprint customer? Lease the iPhone 6 for $5 per month

Are you a Sprint customer? Lease the iPhone 6 for $5 per month

Sprint's new 'loyalty credit' offer lets existing customers take home an iPhone...

Sprint and Verizon match AT&T double data deal

Sprint and Verizon match AT&T double data deal

After AT&T's double data announcement Monday, both Sprint and Verizon have...

 

Guides

Disable auto play videos on Facebook for Android and iOS

Disable auto play videos on Facebook for Android and iOS

Sick of videos in your News Feed playing automatically? Don't worry, you can...

Transferring phone contacts from Android to iPhone

Transferring phone contacts from Android to iPhone

Switching from one phone to another doesn’t mean that you have to lose all of...

Listen to Podcasts easily on Android

Listen to Podcasts easily on Android

Android isn't great with podcast accessibility. Luckily, there's an app for...

 

Compare phones & plans from the following carriers...

Sprint Cell Phone Plans Virgin Mobile Cell Phone Plans MetroPCS Cell Phone Plans Cricket Cell Phone Plans U.S. Cellular Cell Phone Plans Red Pocket Cell Phone Plans
T-Mobile Cell Phone Plans AT&T Cell Phone Plans AmazonWireless Cell Phone Plans RingPlus Mobile Cell Phone Plans Ting Cell Phone Plans TextNow Cell Phone Plans
Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Plans Boost Mobile Cell Phone Plans Republic Wireless Cell Phone Plans Straight Talk Cell Phone Plans
 

Cell Phone Deals

Compare iPhone 6 Prices and Plans from all Carriers

Compare iPhone 6 Prices and Plans from all Carriers

Hundreds of deals to compare from all major carriers. Financing, Upgrade and Contract prices compared

How to Compare Family Plans

How to Compare Family Plans

Step by Step guide on how to compare family plans

NEW Samsung GALAXY S5 - Compare Plans and Prices

NEW Samsung GALAXY S5 - Compare Plans and Prices

Compare plans from all carriers on the new Galaxy S5

NEW HTC One M8 - Compare Plans and Prices

NEW HTC One M8 - Compare Plans and Prices

Compare plans from all carriers for the new HTC One M8