FreedomPop Unveils $20 Unlimited Plan

by Matt Klassen on May 23, 2014

Perhaps the original UnCarrier, cheeky American wireless provider FreedomPop, best known for its free mobile broadband and voice services and, more recently, its Privacy Phone, has decided once again to try its hand at shaking up the wireless market, unveiling its $20 unlimited plan earlier this week.

On Thursday the firm officially announced its new “Unlimited Everything” plan, offering unlimited talk, text, and data for $20 a month. While FreedomPop’s paid plan is certainly a departure from the company’s roots in free mobile broadband, its still miles ahead of any competitor when it comes to affordability. The only drawback, it seems, is that once you have used 1GB of data your transfer speed shifts from 4G to 3G.

With the company now officially utilizing Sprint’s LTE network, FreedomPop also announced the accompanying arrival of several new LTE phones, notably the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and Victory, which join the Galaxy S2, HTC EVO 4G, and the iPhone 5 as part of FreedomPop’s catalogue. Simply put, if you’re looking for affordability, want to truly avoid the big national carriers and don’t mind the previous generation of smartphones, FreedomPop may be the carrier for you…that is if it’s available in your area.

Although you’ve likely never heard of FreedomPop, the small start-up wireless firm was truly the first UnCarrier, shaking up the wireless market back when T-Mobile was still been shopped around at any and all interested parties. The company began with the mission of offering free broadband and voice services, and while such a business model has struggled to take root, the company is still committed to offering the best, yet most affordable broadband service possible.

While bouncing between networks for most of its existence, FreedomPop has now finally found a home on Sprint’s LTE network, offering the firm a real chance at bolstering its catalogue and finally, hopefully, making some money.

“Now that we have complete access to the most expansive wireless network, we are able to fully upgrade our device portfolio to the high-end smartphones that our customers want,” FreedomPop Chief Operating Officer Steven Sesar said in a statement. As always, while users are able to purchase phones from FreedomPop, the company does allow users to bring their existing phone, so long as it’s compatible with Sprint’s network.

Further, the company has announced the creation of a new Android app called FreedomPop Free Voice and Text, a Skype-like application that lets Android users utilize the company’s free voice and text services to make calls, send texts, and access voicemail. While users can request a new phone number with the app, it also uniquely offers people the ability to port in an existing number.

In the end, while it’s not the free wireless service FreedomPop originally wanted to offer several years ago, it is a worthy effort, one that consumers should pay attention to, particularly as the larger wireless incumbents continue to monopolize the market. Check out the company’s website to see their product listings and if they’re available in your area.

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