Last month, after a year of testing, FreedomPop's "freemium" mobile phone service was officially launched with the Basic Plan costing you nothing – yes, I said NOTHING! They offer a Basic bundled plan of voice/text/data that gives the user 200 anytime minutes, 500 texts, and 500MBs of data at a cost of nothing per month, as well as being contract free. For the more robust user, FreedomPop offers an unlimited voice and text package for only $10.99 per month. FreedomPop uses Sprint's 3G, WiMax, and LTE coverage, so keep that in mind before you jump the FreedomPop "train."
In their Press Release, Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop's CEO and co-founder said:
FreedomPop is changing the mobile market forever with the sole intent of bringing better value to consumers and increasing accessibility. FreedomPop's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, convenient and essential communication services. With this launch, we've just taken our largest step to date towards delivering on this objective.
A user paying $1,500 per year for mobile services today can save well over $1,000 per year for the same plan with FreedomPop. That is real value, real savings and a real meteor to the current market dynamics.
While this may be a tempting offer for those in an area where Sprint has good coverage, you might not be tempted to purchase one of FreedomPop's devices. When FreedomPop first introduced this program, you had to purchase an HTC Evo 4G (refurbished) device for $99, but now they have extended the offer to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to their network. If you have a Sprint compatible device, you can use it on the FreedomPop network. It is really very easy to sign-up on their plan(s):
Start by giving them your zip code and email address to CHECK AVAILABILITY:
Next, choose the phone plan that best suites your needs:
Need more data coverage? FreedomPop will give you 1GB of 3G/4G Data on a 30-Day, Free Trial Offer – After that it will cost you an additional $9.99 a month that you can cancel at anytime online or via a phone call.
Then you will get a nice summary page, requiring you to fill in the billing information, and press ACTIVATE and away you go.
Let us know in the comments or on Google+ if you have tried FreedomPop or will be jumping over with your Sprint enabled device – sounds like quite a deal, especially for low data users.