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Up to now, FreedomPop has been a data-only service with an app that enables VOIP calling and XMPP messaging. VOIP is great when there's a fast, low-latency data connection, but performs poorly when data connectivity is less than ideal.
Premium Voice, which is built into the latest version of FreedomPop's Android app, aims to solve the call quality problem by routing calls through Sprint's voice network when the app detects that the data connection's quality is too low to support VOIP calling.
To use Premium Voice current FreedomPop customers need to update to the latest version (16.02.232.0527) of the FreedomPop Messaging Android app which is available now in the Play Store. The new app has an option to enable Premium Voice in its Available Services menu.
Premium Voice costs $3.99
Update 5/29: Freedom Pop users on the $20 unlimited talk, text and data plan or the $10.99 unlimited talk, text, 500 MB plan who add the $3.99 Premium Voice add-on get 500 Premium Voice minutes per month. Free plan users who add Premium Voice get 200 Premium Voice minutes per month.
There's almost no information about Premium Voice on the FreedomPop website but there is an active discussion about it on FreedomPop' user forum. Based on user and moderator comments on the forum this first release of Premium Voice has a few significant limitations:
- Premium Voice currently only supports outgoing calls. Incoming calls always use VOIP.
- There is no way for users to choose whether a call should use VOIP or carrier voice.
- Even though Premium Voice is capable of making calls using the carrier voice platform, the app itself requires a data connection and will not make calls if both WiFi and mobile data are disabled or unavailable.
- One user reports that Premium Voice doesn't seem to switch to carrier voice unless data speed is less than 400 Kbps and found call quality poor on some VOIP calls where the app did not switch to cellular voice.
Source: FreedomPop User Forum
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