FreedomPop is known for their free phone and wireless internet. In this review of FreedomPop we look at their free services and beyond to give you insights on if free and cheap is really worth it. Check out the updated guide below to help you figure out whether their services are right for you.
Quick Review: FreedomPop is a decent choice for extremely light users taking advantage of their free service and WiFi calling, but most users will not be satisfied with slower data speeds and coverage.
Is FreedomPop Free?
The main thing consumers ask about FreedomPop is if it’s actually free. They advertise their free phone and wireless internet, but is it actually free? The answer is yes for the most basic service plan. This plan comes with 500 texts, 200 minutes, and 500 MB of data.
The free basic plan is just about as bare-bones as it gets. Most people will use up the 500 MB of data very quickly, even without streaming or downloading. This plan is meant to cover the very basic needs of those who really don’t need much and also get you hooked into their other paid plans. The basic plan is 100% free for anyone who signs up and uses a compatible device. Most CDMA AT&T and T-Mobile devices will work with their plans along with any of the cheaper devices they sell within their online store. There are no contracts or obligations with the free plan and you can cancel whenever. One major upside is that they do allow WiFi calling, so those who usually have WiFi available could get away with just using the free service.
Another way to get more data and keep your bill at $0 is to complete their partner offers. FreedomPop allows you to complete select offers from their partners to receive a certain amount of data and other perks each time. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind doing things like surveys and so on then this is an easy way to get a little more data.
The pricing for FreedomPop can be confusing. They do have the free plan, but they also offer numerous paid plans. The free or basic plan will come with 500 texts, 200 minutes, and 500MB’s of data. The other paid plans come with unlimited texts and minutes along with 1GB of data each month. You can choose to pay for this plan by the month for $19.99 per month or just pay $79.99 and be covered for the entire year. There are many other options that can be added onto your plan and in order to even see the pricing you need to go right into the exact thing you want and put in the information. Their website doesn’t allow you to get clear pricing until you essentially set everything up. We did detail the publically available plans and pricing below to help you figure out what you’ll be paying on their most popular plans.
- Basic Plan: 500 texts, 200 minutes, and 500MB for $0/month
- Monthly Plan: Unlimited texts and minutes plus 1GB per month for $19.99/month
- Yearly Plan: Unlimited texts and minutes plus 1GB per month for $79.99/year
- find more details on all plans
Our Take: FreedomPop could work for those who just need a very basic phone and are usually on WiFi. If you’re someone who uses your phone a lot and uses even a small amount of data then this probably isn’t the right choice for you. Those on a very limited budget could find this as a solid choice for a home phone using the WiFi, but for the most part, it’s hard to find a real use case for someone needing this device outside of that for the free services. If you’re willing to pay for a yearly plan then you can make light use of the phone work as your main device. Overall FreedomPop isn’t built for the mass consumer but could save a very light phone user a lot of money if you can get over a few of the downfalls.
This review was last updated on January 15th, 2017.