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FreedomPop Global GSM Data SIMs Are Now Available For $4.99

FreedomPop Global SIM
FreedomPop's elusive Global SIMs are finally available again.  The first and only time they were offered before they sold out in a couple of hours. Follow the source link below to order before they sell out.

The tri-cut SIMs work in unlocked GSM phones and offer 200 MB of data per month in 25 countries, including the US. You can earn up to 500 MB/month in additional data by connecting with FreedomPop friends. See this SlickDeals Forum thread where FreedomPop users share their email addresses so that other users can add them as Freedom Friends. It only takes a few minutes to gather up a dozen or two email addresses and enter the on the Freedom Friends page on the FreedomPop site for a quick 500 MB/month boost.

Priced at $4.99 with free shipping, the SIMs also include one month free trials of FreedomPop's $13.99 1 GB global plan and $9.99 Premiere bundle of extra cost services. If you don't want to be charged for the trials be sure and cancel them before the free month is up.

I have one of these SIMs and it works well. The SIM has a 3 UK Mobile Network Code which is why it requires an unlocked phone. It will register on either AT&T or T-Mobile in the US although it seems to prefer AT&T. Data is HSPA+, not LTE but it's perfectly adequate for most uses. Data seems to be routed through the UK which is likely responsible for the high 300 ms pings I've seen. Voice calling using Hangouts or FreedomPop's own app tends to have a lot of latency and occasional dropped words probably because of the high pings. Given that the service is free I'm not complaining.

Possibly because of issues with voice calls, FreedomPop is not including voice and messaging services with this batch of data SIMs. FreedomPop is recommending using Hangouts, WhatsApp or Viber for messaging with no mention of calling at all.

Source: FreedomPop via Slickdeals

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  1. FreedomPop rejected my two debit cards, even tho they accept recurring payments. One of them is registered on another FreePop account. Perhaps they didn't like separate billing and shipping addresses, even tho their form allows it. FreePop also rejected one of my credit cards that has separate billing and shipping addresses. They finally accepted my AMEX card.
    There is no way to opt out of the optional services during the sign-up process, so I will have to hope that the OLAM allows this later.

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    1. Jason in PortlandApril 13, 2016 at 4:16 PM

      Former FreedomPop customer here; my advice is to watch your credit card account/statement and e-mail address used to sign up for the service, as well as familiarize yourself with FreedomPop's OLAM as soon as you can.

      Once you do cancel the free trials and go to the free service tier, it may take several screens and several mouse clicks, and might involve finding small text links that say something like 'downgrade anyway'. You may also get an e-mail that says something like 'you are now totally free' as soon as all paid tiers are canceled.

      All of this is what I remember from my firsthand experience about a year ago, when they were a Sprint-only MVNO.

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    2. Watch out for the FreedomPop fees if you turn off automatic Top Up. They will charge you $5 right away, a credit balance you much maintain for not using automatic Top Up.
      If you leave auto Top Up on, read the fine print. When you get within 100MB of your monthly data limit (per TOS), or below a $2 credit balance (per Billing Settings), they will charge you $15 for an automatic top-up.
      Pick your poison.

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    3. FreedomPop TOS and email notices have not been updated for the 200MB Global Data plan. 1. When you turn off the optional data, you get an email stating: "You are now 100% Free! This email is to inform you that your data plan has been downgraded to the free 500MB plan." 2. The TOS only refer to the free 500MB plan, not the 200MB Global plan.

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  2. FreedomPop rejected my card, rightfully, as I mistakenly put in the incorrect expiration year. During the 60 seconds it took me to resubmit payment information, which was rejected (I assume because I was trying to use the same credit card number), I received a push notification from my bank they'd approved the $4.99 charge based on the first, incorrect submission! I don't have a confirmation from FreedomPop that a SIM is on the way, so I don't think I'll be getting anything from them. Their loss.

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  3. I tried reloading the FreedomPop page after my credit card rejection, which lets you start over at the street address entry. It still rejected my card. I tried a debit card, and the "Processing" graphic wheel hung for 10 minutes before I quit it. Interesting way to sell a service - block payments.

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    1. Once my account was activated, I was able to add a debit card under Billing Settings to replace my credit card. It's the same debit card FreedomPop rejected when I tried to buy the Global SIM.

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  4. Is FreedomPop works fine in China, Korea and Japan?

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    1. No, the present GSM SIM only covers US and EU. See map in link for more info: http://freedompop.com/worldwide

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  5. Its time for FREE service. Use Dual sim phone with FP free data (up to 700MB by friend referal, plus you can inject 100MB from other acct, no limit), plus buy an Global Roaming Incoming Free Sim like Truphone or Toggle, sign up Google Voice, and use callback app (Voice+ app), I have free service montly. What I do is every 90 day (Toggle) or 180 day (Truphone) make 1 out call to maintain acct. Cool.

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    1. This is the first time I heard of Toggle. What can you tell us about it?

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    2. How is toggle? I really like truphone/google voice/voice+ combo. I also like ringplus

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  6. I assume you know about Tru: 2 numbers in 1 SIM allowed, free incoming call and text, 9cent out ea call/sms/MB Data. make 1 call every 180 days to maintain account

    Toggle is a son of Lycamobile UK. Allowed 6 numbers in 1 SIM. Free incoming call/text. US and UK number are permanent, whereas others EU countries only last 30 days. after that need renew, and get new number. Keep old number is an option, cost 5 pound UK (around 6-7 USD)

    With Toggle free 6 number at same time, so friends/relative in EU can call local number and ring your phone in US. Toggle run off VOIP, in US using T-Mobile tower. Quality below Tru (since Tru run ATT by default and can roam TMo also.) 1 of the worst about Toggle latency. If sb hit call button to call Toggle, take 10 second to have first ring. Therefore if you forward Google voice to Toggle US number, you loose 2 rings. And you have only 10-15 seconds to pick up before it goes to voicemail. Other than that when travelling with Toggle, great service, great customer service, and very cheap calling rate, not SMS, not DAta. For Data you now have FP right!

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    1. Corrections re Truphone: Tru defaults to T-Mobile in the US where that network is available, with full roaming on AT&T.
      Also: Tru business lines can have up to 8 phone numbers, one for each Truphone country. The rates listed apply to all 8 countries. When calling in Europe, the rate per minute is prorated; e.g., you don't pay the full 9c if your call is much less than one minute.
      Data on AT&T is limited to EDGE speeds. T-Mobile data is HSPA+, not LTE.

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    2. In re Truphone default carrier: the above information is outdated. In the past year they've switched to AT&T towers as default and where available. Most phones just list the carrier as Truphone. Backup carrier is T-Mobile. Will run 4G LTE now on both carriers as well.

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    3. Thanks for the update. I confirmed with Truphone CS that AT&T is now their default carrier, and that LTE service was enabled a few months ago. The rep said that roaming on T-Mobile is still possible, but that mobile data will not be full speed. She said that if T-Mobile service is not "stable," to please report this to CS.
      The rep also told me that Truphone supports iPhone 4S and up.

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    4. I just did a Speedtest comparison between Truphone and Consumer Cellular. 21.3 and 21.6 Mbps down and 6.5-6.9 up, respectively. Both on iPhone 5S phones, so it looks like the AT&T network LTE is active now for my Tru SIM.

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  7. Yeah ... yeah ... I am an fan of Toggle/GV in Dual Sim. Before FP SIM, I have to use MTK dual Sim phone and take my ipad IMEI to put on the phone to make it work with 200 MB free TMo. But no more. I am now can use any Dual Sim like Asus Zen2 or Huawei 5X or Blu ViVo5 ...
    Toggle has latency, but not always 10second waiting 1st ring. mine randomly around 5-10 seconds. Great service so far. In case no data, call directly still cheap for 3cUK (~5cents).

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  8. Please can someone post a URL from where an existing FreedomPop user can order the Global SIM?

    As an existing FreedomPop user, when I enter my email address at the top-level, it says my email address is already in use. When I login to my account, I cannot find anywhere to order the Global SIM.

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    1. Just use a different email address. Not only is it less hassle than fighting the brain dead FP site, but with different addresses you can make your two accounts Freedom Friends. That gives you a 50 MB/month bonus per line and the ability to share up to 100 MB/month between accounts

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    2. https://www.freedompop.com/offer/dataonlysim

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  9. I'm trying to use WhatsApp with the Global plan, but can't find my FreedomPop phone number in the Settings menus. Is there any way to do this without using the phone menus?

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    1. If you have a FreedomPop phone number it's shown in the FreedomPop Messaging app and your FreedomPop online dashboard.

      WhatsApp needs the phone number that they cal call or text you a verification code. If you have a FreedomPop data only account your FreedomPop number is not shown and anyway it's useless for verification as it can't receive calls or texts. But you should be able to use any phone number that you can receive calls and texts on for WhatsApp verification purposes.

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    2. Thank; it worked. I could not find a phone number in my Global Plan account - it's data only. Works fine in my GSM phone after changing the 3.co.UK APN.

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