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FreedomPop Now Offering Free AT&T LTE Mobile Broadband Service

Freemium Sprint MVNO and global roaming SIM operator FreedomPop has started offering LTE data service on the AT&T network. Details are sketchy at this point, but according to a story in RCRWireless News, FreedomPop is selling SIMs for the new service for $10 and hotspots for $30.

I couldn't find any GSM LTE SIMs on the FreedomPop site, but the hotspot (a refurbished MiFi2 with SIM) for the new service is available for $39.99 here. Update 12/31/16: the LTE hotspot is sold out. All links to it are currently redirecting to the same hotspot with a FreedomPop Global GSM SIM which is useful in its own right, but is not new and is limited to HSPA+, not LTE.

According to the FreedomPop site, there's a free LTE GSM plan that includes 200 MB per month for free. Paid options are $7.99 for 500 MB/month, $13.99 for 1 GB/month, $24.99 for $2 GB/month, $32.99 for 3 GB/month and $39.99 for 4 GB/month.

The $39.99 hotspot offer comes with a free month on the 1 GB plan as well as a free month of FreedomPop's $9.99 Premier package which adds data rollover, data compression, usage alerts, premium support, online security. Unless you want the extra paid data and Premier package be  sure to cancel both before the first month is over to avoid being charged. See our Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop for step by step instructions for downgrading to the fre plan and cancelling the Premier add-on as well as how to easily get an additional 500 MB/month for free with FreedomFriends.

The new FreedomPop LTE GSM service is different from the Global GSM service that FreedomPop has been offering since January. The LTE GSM service works on in AT&T only, whereas Global GSM, which doesn't offer LTE data, works in 25 countries including the US, where it uses both T-Mobile and AT&T.

In addition to LTE GSM and Global GSM, FreedomPop also offers LTE and 3G data service on the Sprint network. The FreedomPop site doesn't always make the distinction between GSM and Sprint service clear when you are ordering hotspots or phones. If it doesn't say GSM, it's Sprint. Another way to distinguish between Sprint and GSM based FreedomPop products is that the free plan on the Sprint service includes 500 MB/month while all the free GSM plans only come with 200 MB/month.

Sources FreedomPop, RCRWireless News

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  1. Do you have to provide a credit card for the free 200MB plan? What happens if you exceed 200MB on the free plan?

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  2. I see overage information published here:
    http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2014/03/prepaid-operator-profile-freedompop.html?m=1

    Guess that means even free plan requires a credit card on file:) .

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    1. That's the go to page for everything about FreedomPop. To answer your original questions:
      A credit or debit card is required.
      When you have 100 MB left, if auto-top is on, FreedomPop will charge your card $15 which will be added to your balance to cover overages at 2.5¢/MB.
      You can turn auto-top up off but FreedomPop will charge you $5 (added to your balance when you do. If auto top-up is off your data will stop when you have less than 100 MB left.

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    2. Thanks for the explanation! So to me it's effectively only 100MB free since they want to start charging after that point. Sneaky creative marketing.

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  3. TOAST.net's data plans (toastwireless DOT com) are cheaper/better for ATT, but their device is a new NetGear UnitePro for $99.95

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    1. FreedomPop's free plans are their main attraction. I don't see a free plan at https://www.toastwireless.com. For paid plans there are better deals than Toast at most price points, for example H2O Bolt is 10GB for $50, 14 GB for $70, 20 GB for $90 and H2O sells SIMs so you don't need to buy a pricy hotspot. see US Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans Compared | Prepaid Phone News for more broadband options.

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  4. I see a 20GB of LTE for $50/30 days H2O Bolt promotion today, but the regular 14GB and 20GB plans are only half LTE and half 128kbps

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  5. I apreciate free data, but lets be real, 200mb of "broadband"? What does that get me? Maybe 10 minutes of video streaming? Its not worth giving up my personal data for (i.e. name address and credit card).

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    1. It only takes a few minutes of effort to get an additional 500 MB of free data using Freedom Friends. See our Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop to learn how.

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    2. And one can be gifted another 100Mb from 5 friends, so can be 1200Mb total.

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  6. Can I use a SIM provided by AT&T? I just activated my iPad using the global SIM 2 weeks ago and really like the coverage.

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  7. @Dennis, Can these sims swap for phones, so they are not tied to one phone right? So I can have 2 sims and 2 Gb? And hotspots work?

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    1. SIMs are not available yet, only hotspots. But swapping the SIM from the hotspot to a phone should work.

      You can have as many FreedomPop SIMs or hotspots as you want. Use a different email address to sign up for each one so that each can participate in Freedom Friends. If you have multiple SIMs or hotspots on the same account only one SIM or hotspot gets the 500+ MB Freedom Friends bonus data. Read the FreedomPop Profile for more tips.

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    2. Dennis is incorrect about Friends data on SIMs and hotspots that share the same account. He was thinking of SHARED data. You can only SHARE data with the primary device on an account.

      Two of my accounts have multiple devices on them (from before I got the whole FP thing figured out) and once I added friends the primary device immediately received the extra 500 MB, as expected.

      In all cases, however, the other devices began receiving an extra 500 MB beginning in the second month. So my GSM SIMs that are not primary devices are limited to 700 MB, but that's still a very reasonable amount of data if you don't stream video.

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    3. I stand corrected. I repeated the advice given by FreedomPop users in their forums and on Slickdeals. I have not personally tested using one email account for multiple devices.

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    4. It's all good. You still have a pretty good batting average. ;)

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  8. According to Freedompop id on Slickdeals, there's a limit of 5 SIMs, phones or hotspots for each email and credit card. I assume you would run into an issue when you try to get more than 5 using the same credit card, even if you use a different email address.

    I only have 2 byod phones and 2 SIMs using the same credit card and different email addresses (using dot trick with gmail).

    I did get 2 more (1 byod phone and 1 SIM) on the same credit card for family members, but they were switched to different credit cards.

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  9. I have a mifi sim and a regular gsm sim.
    I found out that when I put the mifi sim in a phone, I can tether with the sim. However, when I put a regular sim in a phone, I cannot tether with the regular sim.

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  10. Cool, better than the current 3G!

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  11. Whats the point of the "friends" thing? business model to support social networking? but if you use strangers, whats the point? whats the risk? I want the extra free data, but I suspect there's a hidden "cost". sorry for being skeptical, but freedompop hasnt earned any trust points with me- although I've been using them for several YEARS now! I've gotten bitten by the TINY print more than once, yet I still recommend them but with lots of extra cautions.

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    1. For users the point of FreedomFriends is to get more free data.
      To FreedomPop there doesn't seem to be a direct benefit. But FreedomPop looks like a classic Silicon Valley style start up focused on subscriber growth with the ultimate goal of being acquired for much more money than the investors have put into it. I can see them using the social network aspect as part of their pitch to potential investors or buyers.

      The risk of using FreedomFriends seems low. the only things your FreedomFriends can see are your name (which can be anything you want) and your email address (which needs to work but can be a disposable address only used for FreedomPop). There's a risk of getting SPAM on an email account you don't care about but that's it.

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  12. Hi Dennis,

    I clicked the link and ordered the MiFi 2 hotspot, but I got put on the global GSM plan. How do I get on the domestic GSM LTE plan? Also, do you know if I'll be able to freely swap the global GSM SIM in my hotspot with a GSM LTE SIM, provided that I can get one? I've looked on FreedomPop's website but can find only global GSM SIMs.

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    1. It looks like FreedomPop is redirecting the LTE GSM hotspot link https://www.freedompop.com/offer/usltemifi2banner to the Global Mifi page https://www.freedompop.com/offer/mifi2banner

      maybe they ran out of GSM LTE SIMs. Hopefully they will be available again soon.

      If and when you get a FreedomPop GSM LTE you should be able to swap between it and the Global SIM with your hotspot

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    2. Thanks, Dennis! You're the best in the biz.

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  13. Received my SIM yesterday. Received a ping of 148 and 25 Mbps down and 1.5 up. Carrier displays as AT&T instead of FreedomPop, which I like that.

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  14. Dennis, will you update us if you find a link for FreedomPop GSM LTE SIM cards?

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    1. See this SlickDeals post which gives the steps to order the LTE SIM: Freedompop - MiFi2 4G LTE GSM Hotspot - $39.99 Runs off AT&T network - Page 8 - Slickdeals.net. The bad news is that it will cost you $20, $10 for the SIM, $10 more for shipping.

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    2. Thanks for this! I saw that FreedomPop was commenting in this Slickdeals thread, so I sent a PM to FreedomPop requesting that I be sent a GSM LTE SIM card. Below is the response I received:

      "We apologize for the inconvenience, however you should have received an email about our current issues with this product. Our team is aware of the incorrect SIM and will be sending out the correct SIMs when available.​"

      I replied, said that I did not get the email, and asked FreedomPop to check to make sure I was on the list of customers who would receive the GSM LTE SIM cards when they become available again (I provided my account username, aka the email address I use with my FreedomPop account, using [at] in place of "@" and [dot] in place of "." because Slickdeals will not let me list an email address in private messages.

      I hope FreedomPop will come through and mail me the GSM LTE SIM card I should have received. I will call customer service in a month or so if I haven't received it by then.

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  15. are you able to make calls from the AT&T network? or you have to use the Freedompop's app?

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    1. Like all FreedomPop plans, LTE GSM is a data-only plan so cellular voice is not available. You can use any VOIP app to make calls, you don't have to use FreedomPop's.

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  16. Are these sold in any stores or do you have to give FP your credit card?

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    1. The LTE hotspots and LTE SIMs were only available from FreedomPop and are currently out of stock.

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  17. I am confused about FreedomPop's calling with regard to data usage. I realize their FP Messaging app provides users with VoIP calling on both their Sprint-based service and their SIM services for GSM phones. But I am not clear if they 'count' the data that the phone calls use. At one time I noticed data was used for phone calls with their app and then they immediately credited back an approximate amount of data for phone calls. Do you know if they still do that, use that method to avoid the data for calls from counting against the monthly allotment? Or do they simply have another way to avoid counting data for calls? Or do phone calls (using the FP app) use up some of your allotted data?

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