Free mobile internet sounds like the kind of rumor that gets passed around middle schools: “If you have just the right kind of phone and hit the buttons in just the right order, you’ll totally get free internet! Trust me, my uncle works at Verizon.” It sounds too good to be true, but just this one time it isn’t. FreedomPop mobile is the real deal.
What is FreedomPop? FreedomPop is a mobile service provider with a range of options ranging from inexpensive to literally free. Their flagship offering is the completely free cell phone service. Signing up for this plan sets you up with 500MB of 4G data, 200 voice minutes and unlimited (data-based) texting. Obviously 500MB of data is a little light for some smartphone owners, but those of us who aren’t streaming movies or music should find it to be more than enough. Considering this service is literally, actually free for the first year ($10.99/mo after), it’s hard to even imagine a better value. Users can purchase additional data at 2 cents per additional MB, or you can earn free data by referring your friends, completing offers, downloading software and filling out surveys.
If the free options aren’t enough for you, FreedomPop has some other offerings you might be interested in. Their $5 per month Wi-Fi Calling plan allows you to handle calls and texts from any wi-fi hotspot; it’s great if you spend a lot of time at home, but not ideal for hikers or back-road explorers. For $20 per month, you can access unlimited talk and text with 1GB of 4G data. 1GB is still pretty small, but if you go over you aren’t charged; your speed simply throttles back to 3G.
FreedomPop also offers a mobile wi-fi hotspot (MiFi) device. A refundable deposit for the device gets you 500MB of data free each month, with additional data available through the same means as the free phone plan. Paid plans also exist that can give you up to 2GB of high-speed data.
FreedomPop does sell new or refurbished devices. Some will be unique FreedomPop designs, while others may be normal name-brand phones. You can also use your current device, so long as it’s compatible with Sprint’s network. FreedomPop’s customer service can be reached through the website or a phone call; either way, assistance is available 24/7.
This truly free service is unique among mobile providers. As long as you’re careful with your data usage, it’s completely possible for you to live out the modern internet-connected lifestyle absolutely free!