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FreedomPop Launches Free Global GSM Service For US and UK Users

FreedomPop Global Hotspot
Freemium Sprint MVNO FreedomPop today announced the launch of a global hotspot and SIM that gives users 200 MB per month of free data in 25 countries including the US, UK and most of Europe.

The $10 FreedomPop Global SIM is "coming soon", but the Novatel MiFi 2 hotspot is available now at freedompop.com/worldwide for $49.99 plus $9.99 shipping. According to FreedomPop the hotspot doesn't support LTE, only the older and slower HSPA+, HSPA, Edge and GPRS data standards. However the MiFi 2 manual says that the device does support LTE, although only on US bands 17 and 4. Perhaps FreedomPop's service agreement with the unspecified US GSM operator (probably T-Mobile) that it's using doesn't include LTE.

Update 4:45 PM 1/20: FreedomPop has confirmed on Twitter that LTE will not be available with the global service.

Unlike FreedomPop's Sprint based free plans which come with 500 free MB per month, the free global plan only includes 200 MB. Overage data on the free plan is 2.5¢/MB. FreedomPop is also offering two paid global plans; 1 GB/month for $13.99 or 2 GB/month for $24.99. Overage data on the paid plans is 2¢/MB. For $3.99/month users on any plan can rollover up to 500 MB of unused data per month.

The FreedomPop global service is currently available to customers in the US and the UK and works in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. FreedomPop plans to expand service to Bangladesh, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South America, Thailand and Vietnam "soon".

In an interview with FierceWireless, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols said that the global service is not roaming. Instead Stokols said that FreedomPop has negotiated individual deals with operators in each country. He also revealed that FreedomPop is paying between $4 and $5 per GB for GSM data.

In other FreedomPop news, the company announced that it has received an additional $50 million in funding from an unspecified investor. That brings FreedomPop's total funding to $109 million. FreedomPop also says it has added over 1 million subscribers since launch.

Source: FreedomPop Blog



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  1. "finding" s/b "funding" and "$50" s/b "$50 million". 1 million subscribers. Wonder how many Ring Plus has these days.

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  2. Dennis. After reading your Freedom Pop articles, I brought a used Sprint iPhone 4 for $50 and put it on that free 1GB plan. Data works fine on 3G and the calls and text work on Cellular. But I have a few questions, can I use the phone on just Cellaur for calls all the time. Can I call Canada for free on WiFi or Cellular? Thanks for your help.

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  3. sold out on their us website

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    1. The global hotspot is still showing as available for me. The global SIMs aren't available yet.

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  4. Unspecified investor as in Mr. Valentine?
    http://www.kingsmanmovie.com/

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  5. I got all the way to the last step and remembered that Tmo will give me the same 200 mb/month free for my iPad. Saved the $60, which will fund my FreePop 3g/4g plan for 8 months instead. They have me already, with a 12 gig balance to protect.

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  6. It seems that the SIMs are not ready yet, either:

    https://twitter.com/FreedomPop/status/689926895920492544

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  7. In your 1/20 update, did you mean to say Freedompop said it? You started it by saying "RingPlus has confirmed..."

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  8. The hotspot is believed to be Novatel Wireless MiFi 2 (MiFi 5792) that is locked to AT&T. On Amazon it is priced at $83.95. We can assume that Freedompop is using AT&T network for their new global GSM plan.

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  9. There is a post on Howard Forums that states it is the AT&T network:

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1878321-FreedomPop-is-offering-GSM-service-now/page2

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    1. The HoFo post is from someone with 3 posts who signed it with the same name as a moderator on FreedomPop's own forum. Could be real or not.

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  10. I personally think it's At&t as FreedomPop's and T-Mobile's CEOs have not been on the best of terms if you remember the news well enough. I doubt we will ever know for sure.

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  11. I believe that it is running on AT&T as well due to the fact that it is missing AWS HSPA+ that T-Mobile still uses in a lot of their areas.

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    1. You are probably right about it being AT&T. However, I believe that T-Mobile AWS HSPA+ is pretty much gone in most markets. Just about all the AWS spectrum is now LTE only and HSPA is on 1900 Mhz.

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    2. yep, Tmobile dumped AWS mid 2015, just as I started using an unlocked NGM phone (european model) with Metropcs (Great timing TMo/MetroPCS, thanks a lot, from HSPA+ straight to Edge).

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  12. I believe it is running on AT&T's network due to the fact that this device is sold by them and that it is missing AWS 1700/2100 HSPA+ support, which a lot of T-Mobile's 3G network runs on.

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  13. It's February 24, still no SIM Card availability. How long does it take? Do you think they were serious or just seeking a burst of publicity?

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  14. Is this now reality for SIM cards are being introduced for GSM cellphones through Freedompop? Did anyone get the recent email to buy one? Have you gotten it and what is the SIM for? Thanks!

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    1. FreedomPop put GSM SIMs on sale last week. They sold out in a few hours. Mine's been shipped but I haven't received it yet. More here: FreedomPop Starts Offering One Month Free GSM Mobile Phone Service Trial for New Subscribers

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  15. I've brought LG-F160L to USA and put FreedomPop Global Sim card in it and activated it. But whenever I call through FreedomPop Messaging app I get the message "call to korea" or "call to local". And if I press "call to local" button, it dials, but has a voice message saying the call you are attempting to place is not allowed from this line..." Why?

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