Freemium Sprint MVNO and Global SIM provider, FreedomPop has announced a new version of its Global SIM called the WhatsApp SIM that includes unlimited use of FaceBook's wildly popular WhatsApp messaging and calling app. This feature, which was originally only offered to FreedomPop's Spanish users, is now available in the US.
In addition to unlimited WhatsApp, the new SIM also provides 200 MB of data per month for free along with 100 VOIP minutes and 100 SMS using FreedomPop's Messaging app. As with other FreedomPop plans, users can get up to 500 MB of additional free data per month by connecting to other FreedomPop users as Freedom Friends. FreedomPop also offers paid WhatsApp plans with more data and unlimited VOIP minutes and SMS. The following plans are available:
- Free - unlimited WhatsApp, 100 VOIP minutes, 100 SMS and 200 MB data.
- $20.99 - unlimited WhatsApp, unlimited VOIP minutes, unlimited SMS and 1 GB data.
- $29.99 - unlimited WhatsApp, unlimited VOIP minutes, unlimited SMS and 2 GB data.
WhatsApp SIMs are available now FreedomPop.com/WA for $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping. Current FreedomPop users do not automatically get zero rated WhatsApp. But according to a post by a moderator on the FreedomPop Forum, current global SIM users can add free WhatsApp by clicking here. Warning, clicking that link change your plan without any "are you sure" type on prompt. If you use the FreedomPop app for calls and text you might not want to change to the WhatsApp plan. That's because the WhatsApp plan only includes 100 minutes and 100 texts and the Global plan includes 200 minutes and 500 texts. If you switched to the WhatsApp plan and want to go back to the Global plan, click here. In any case, plan changes do not actually take effect until your next billing cycle.
The WhatsApp SIM works on more than 30 networks in 25 countries including the US, UK, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. Data is HSPA+, LTE is not available. In the US, FreedomPop Global and WhatsApp SIMs use both AT&T and T-Mobile. The SIMs identify themselves as being from the Three UK network so an unlocked phone is required.