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FreedomPop Launches Samsung Galaxy SII, One and Two Year Unlimited Plans

Sprint freemium MVNO FreedomPop has added the Samsung Galaxy SII, also known as the Samsung Epic Touch, to its FreedomPhone device portfolio. The refurbished SII is available now on the FreedomPop site for $159 plus $6.99 shipping. The company plans to offer new LTE phones later this year.

FreedomPop also announced new one year and two year unlimited plans today. Customers can buy two years of unlimited voice and text and 500 MB per month of data for $110, making the monthly cost just $4.58/month. The one year unlimited plan is $79.99 for a monthly cost of $6.67. The unlimited plan is available on a month to month basis for  $10.99. FreedomPop's free phone plan, which includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500 MBs of data is still available. Additional minutes and texts are 1¢/each and additional data is 2.5¢/MB.

Voice service on FreedomPop uses VOIP, which means it uses the network's data transport rather than the voice channel. Users report that voice quality is not very good on Sprint's legacy 3G network, but is quite usable with a good WiFi or WiMAX connection.

In announcing the new plans,  Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop CEO, said "With these new pricing plans we are declaring war on an industry that has for too long taken advantage of consumers and only widened the digital divide. We not only offer 12 months of comparable service for the price of 1 month, but all the billing complexity that frustrates users is gone. There is no need for an annual contract when the total annual cost is under $100."

According to FreedomPop,  the company has signed up nearly half a million users to its FreedomPop beta invite list.

Source: FreedomPop press release

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  1. This assumes that they don't go under and take your money with you :)

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  2. Yeah, I would be very uncomfortable paying for a whole year or two of service up front with any of these start-ups.

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  3. I'm not sure if they will exist in two years, wouldn't count on it.

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  4. So let say, i choose the free plan with phone. I am concerned about the data, so before end of the month if I finish all the data then how much should I pay to get more data for the same month ? Do they have like 1 GB for $10 or &20 something ?? ....

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    1. You can get extra data for 2.5¢/MB or you can add 1GB for $10/month. You can also get an extra 500 MB/month for free by by friending 10 other FreedomPop users in the Freedom Friends Program.

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  5. The bigger issue is the longevity of the WiMax network, if you purchase the Samsung phone and the 2-year plan. Sprint has claim it will make very aggressive roll out of Spark network, which depend on the WiMax frequency band. WiMax coverage and by-cell bandwidth is already limited as is, and will only get worse as Sprint reallocate frequency bandwidth to LTE. It wouldn't be a stretch that you may be forced to buy a new LTE-supported phone while still in the 2-year plan. Factoring in that likely cost, the paid service may not be all that attractive.

    I live in the SF Bay Area and travel extensively for my job and I can tell you the WiMax coverage is horribly spotty and doing VoIP over WiMax is just asking for trouble if you want to be mobile... Dead spot is pretty much everywhere, even within the supposed "Best" coverage area of Sprint's map.

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  6. I tried to call Freedom Pop today for the 5th time because of billing on my MiFi hotspot. After 1 hour and 56 minutes of listening to crummy music and how busy they were and my wait was more then 10 minutes over and over, Don't use them. Since December they have deducted $25.47 for a service that has not been activated and the automatic deduction not authorized. I am forced to go to my bank and get a new debit card because of these clown.

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    1. I agree, calling FreedomPop is a waste of time. I recommend emailing support@freedompop.com They promptly fixed the two billing issues I've had when I emailed them.

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  7. Dennis, do you know whether FreedomPop eliminated the Free 500mb 4G plan for people who have a 3G/4G device? I have the Overdrive, and I do not see a free plan on the list. I have the $3.99 plan. I asked CS but they take about 5 days to answer a ticket for me.

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  8. The free plan is still available but you have to request it from customer support. Emailing support@freedompop.com is probably the easiest way. They are slow unfortunately.

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    1. I discovered by accident how to downgrade to the free FreedomPop mobile data plan inside my account. Go to 'Plans,' then look under your plan for 'Details and Plan Management,' then put on your reading glasses and click: 'To downgrade your plan, click >>> here <<< '

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