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Get 600 MB/Month For Free - FreedomPop AT&T Based GSM LTE SIMs Now Available For $5

FreedomPop GSM LTE SIM
SIMs for FreedomPop's AT&T based GSM and LTE service are back in stock on the FreedomPop site for $4.99 with free shipping. Go to freedompop.com/offer/sim-nationwide-lte-c1 to order

The GSM LTE service is new, just announced last month. It's different than the Global GSM service that FreedomPop launched last April.

The Global GSM SIMs have a United Kingdom MCC (mobile country code) and a MCC (mobile carrier code) for the UK's "3" network. The Global SIMs require an unlocked phone and work in 25 countries including the US where they roam fn AT&T and T-Mobile. They do not get LTE data, only 2G, 3G and HSPA+ 4G. When using the Global SIM data is routed though the UK leading to higher pings and more latency. Many websites will identify you as being in the UK and deliver UK based content when you use the Global SIM.

The new GSM LTE SIMs have a AT&T's MCC and MNC and get LTE data. Performance should be better but the LTE SIMs only work in the US, not internationally.

All of FreedomPop's services are essentially data-only.  FreedomPop plans include voice and messaging using a FreedomPop VOIP and OTT messaging app. FreedomPop does not require customers to use or even install its app. Many use other calling and messaging apps such as Google Hangouts.

FreedomPop offers the following plans:

  • Free - 200 MB of data, 200 minutes, 500 texts
  • $12.99/month - 500 MB, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts
  • $19.99/month - 1 GB, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts
  • $28.99/month - 2 GB, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts
  • $36.99/month - 3 GB, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts
  • $43.99/month - 4 GB, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts
Customers on all plans can get up to 500 MB/month in extra data for free by participating in Freedom Friends . To get 500 MB you need at least 10 Freedom Friends.  You can invite any Freedom user to be your Freedom Friend on the Share Data page of your FreedomPop Dashboard providing you know the email address they are using with FreedomPop. There's a SlickDeals Forum thread where hundreds of FreedomPop users have shared their email addresses so that other users can invite them to be their Freedom Friends. Using the SlickDeals thread it's easy to quickly get enough Freedom Friends to get the extra 500 MB.

I think the free plan is the most interesting one for most users. The paid plans are nothing special as prices are comparable to other AT&T based mobile broadband providers. For example, you can get a 2 GB/month GoPhone mobile broadband plan directly from AT&T for $25/month, $2.99 less than FreedomPop.

The free plan is a great deal. For a one tine payment of $10 you get 600 MB free every month. However, FreedomPop doesn't make any money, giving away free data so they have ways to hit the unwary user with unexpected charges. If you want the FreedomPop free plan and want to avoid unexpected charges there are three things you need to do after you order your SIM:

  • When you order a SIM, FreedomPop automatically enrolls you in the $19.99 1 GB plan, with the first month free. You must downgrade to the free plan to avoid getting charged for the free plan. To do so, on your FreedomPop online Dashboard, go to My Account > Plans > Details and Plan Management > To downgrade your plan, click here The last link "To downgrade your plan, click here" is in a very small font. You will need your FreedomPop password, which you should have received in an email from FreedomPop, to complete the downgrade.
  • FreedomPop also enrolls new users in a $7.99/month PremiumPlus package of services that includes voice mail, MMS and the ability to roll over unused data. To cancel the package, go to My Account > Services and click on View Details next to FreedomPop Premium Plus. Then click the tiny To deactivate the FreedomPop Premium Plus service, click here link in the bottom right corner of the page and the two "Are you sure" type prompts that follow.
  • FreedomPop will top up your account by $15 (charged to your card) whenever your remaining data goes below 100 MB and you have a cash balance under $2. The balance is to cover potential overages which are charged at 2.5¢/MB   You can disable auto top up at Billing > Billing Settings on your FreedomPop Dashboard. If you have less than $5 in your account when you turn off auto top-up you will be charged $5 which will be added to you balance. When auto top-up is disabled, FreedomPop will disable your data when you have less than 100 MB left so you can only use 600 MB of your 700 MB with auto top-up off.

Sources: FreedomPop via HowardForums

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  1. It's crazy how they charge $5 to turn off auto charge.

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    1. That I can understand, sort of. What's somewhat more crazy is that your cash balance will expire. If you are paying attention you can push a button and get it back.

      Still, for people who can manage the hassles and don't need so much data, it's hard to argue with "free".

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  2. Confused. Is it $10 + $4.99 & the 600mb is not the free 200 plan + 500mb freedom friends, its a different promo plan??

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    1. I think the title should be 700 MB/Month

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    2. Except if you use more than 600 MB of the free 700 MB you may get hit with a $15 top up. Keep your data usage below 600 MB if you want to keep the service free.

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  3. I do not understand the math or the value here. I will stick with Ringplus.

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    1. How's that working out for you?

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  4. I downgraded to the basic plan but can only use their service when I am on wifi. Tried everything(messaged freedompop) nothing. Phone still reads no service. H E L P

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  5. You get 500 MB from friends, so total 700 MB. System tops off when there's 100 MB remaining. So the last 100 MB isn't really usable if you want to pay nothing. Thus, 600 MB/month for free.

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    1. Thank you for explaining the math.

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  6. Dennis, do you have a link for the gophone $25/2gb plan? I don't see it on their site.

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    1. Any way to use this type of plan with a mobile phone? Tried activating a moto x pure with an att sim I had laying around. It only displayed phone plans as available plans for activation.

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    2. You have to use a tablet IMEI with the sim for tablet plans to show up

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  7. Can you put this SIM in a mobile hotspot and just use it for the data?

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    1. Thanks Dennis. Just to confirm--a tablet as well?

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    2. The LTE SIM should work in any device that's compatible with the AT&T network.

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  8. I have a two questions.
    If I have more than $2 in my FreedomPop account and auto top-up is still enabled, can I use the last 100MB in my plan without being charged the $15 auto top-up?

    What is the minimum account top-up?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. As long as you have at least a $2 balance you should be able to use all your data without triggering an auto top up.

      There's no way to manually top-up, the only avaialable top-up options are the $14 auto top-up and the $5 top up when disabling auto top-up.

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  9. "For a one tine payment of $10 you get 600 MB free every month."

    What's the $10 for?

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    1. $5 for the SIM and $5 to shut off auto-topup.

      Shutting off auto top up isn't needed if you are sure you will never accidentally exceed 600 MB in a month and get hit with a $15 top-up.

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  10. To avoid $14 auto top-up or $5 top-up disabling fee use virtual credit card number with preset spending amount on the card ($10). So freedompop will not be able to charge $14. Set date usage limit in phone for 590mb per month to prevent charge. If you need more date you can ask friends to share some amount (25-100mb per each)

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    1. This is a GREAT idea re: VCCs. Thanks for bringing it up.

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    2. If auto top up fail is there a chance your account cam be locked?

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    3. If an auto top-up fails, FreedomPop will suspend your service until you update your account profile with a card that works.

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  11. Is there a limit on the number of sims FreedomPop will let you activate and use?

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    1. There's a limit of 5 FreedomPop accounts per credit card. There's also a 5 accounts per email address limit. It's better to use a different email address for each account so you can gift 100 MB per month from one account to another.

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    2. Is this 100MB in addition to the 600 or 700MB you already get for free?

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    3. Data shared from one Freedom Friend to another is separate for the 600 or 700 MB. It's subtracted from the sender's balance and add to the receiver's.

      You can give and receive a maximum of 100 MB per user and 500 MB total every month. If you have 5 friends who each give you 100 MB you can have a total of 1200 MB (1100 MB usable) of free data per month.

      Please read ny Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop for more about FreedomPop.

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  12. If I already have a global sim, can I switch over to this plan?

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  13. Freedompop has too much bait and switch fine print. They might actually be worse than R+

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    1. I use both and there's much less drama with FreedomPop. As long as to make sure to downgrade to the free plan, cancel add-ons and turn off auto-top up. FreedomPop is set it and forget it.

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  14. Does this LTE SIM work only with unlocked GSM phones or will it work with an AT&T GoPhone?

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    1. I don't see any reason why the LTE SIM wouldn't work in an AT&T phone. It's an AT&T network SIM.

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  15. Does any one know the APN setting for the LTE SIM card? Seems like they only listed the APN setting for the Global SIM but not the new LTE SIM.

    Thanks.

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  16. Hmm. Trying it now in the MiFi 5792 I got with their global SIM. Seems like the pings are just as bad as with the global SIM (in the 200-odd millisecond range), and the LTE doesn't seem to come up with the 5792, which I thought has AT&T's LTE bands. But hey, it *does* come with a US-based IP address, even if I did have to manual network select AT&T.

    Anyone else have the LTE problem with the MiFi 5792?

    Huh. How odd. Maybe I should get one of the MiFis that specifically come with the LTE SIM when they come back in stock.

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    1. I tried that too but I couldn't even get the MiFi to connect. It would connect briefly but then disconnect and repeat the process constantly. It seems to work fine in my unlocked Nexus 5. The hotspot feature works, so I've just been using the Nexus as my hotspot when needed.

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    2. The manual network selection for AT&T was what solved the repeated disconnections for me. It seems that it saves the manual selection between shutdowns and startups, so it is not IMHO that much of a hassle.

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  17. What about doing the earn free data through ad surveys for extra data? Has anyone tried this? I just activated last night and it didn't ask me for a SIM number. I thought I could just use a new Sprint SIM I have. Guess I need to order a new SIM. Hopefully they can transfer my current number to the new SIM? I put in my MEID as it would take my IMEI. I have a Nexus 6.

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    1. When I activated a CDMA Moto E using promo8 it didn't ask for my SIM number either. When I did a network reset and rebooted Sprint hands free activation ran and set every thing up and LTE and 3G both work.

      If a network reset and a reboot don't activate the phone you will need to contact FreedomPop. I've had good results by DM'ing @FreedomPopHelp on Twitter, but you can also use Facebook, the FreedomPop forum or a FreedomPop ticket.

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  18. Sorry for the second comment here but I am so confused. I just ordered the GSM SIM for $1.99. I already activated my Nexus 6 for .99 cents on the promo8. Now I guess I need to call support to get the first one transferred to the SIM. What I am really confused about is the 600 MB a month free with a one time fee of $10. Is this 600 MB free for adding friends?

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    1. There's nothing wrong with having multiple FreedomPop accounts as long as you downgrade them to the free plan and cancel the add-on service. With a Nexus 6 you can probably swap SIMs to alternate between accounts.

      I don't know what the 600 MB for $10 deal is but adding FreedomFriends is free.

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  19. Thanks Dennis! I put in a Sprint SIM and it works but only 3G. That's because you need the GSM SIM for LTE? I'm going to transfer that account over to Yellow to keep that SIM then just have one account on the LTE SIM with FreedomPop. I'm confused though. I thought the free service was 500 MB? I see it's only 200 MB with the GSM SIM? You have to add friends to get the extra MB. It just doesn't come with 500 MB?

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    1. The Sprint SIM should get LTE if you do a network reset and let handsfree activation do it's thing. Or if your Nexus lets you create and change APNs, FreedomPop's is n.f6.ispsn

      Free accounts on FreedomPop Sprint get 500 MB, global and SSM LTE get 200 MB. Have you read my Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop ? It should answer most of your questions

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    2. Still 3G. I had this same problem with this SIM with TING. It seems to me that the Sprint SIM only allows 3G. I remember reading something about this. Funny though because I had LTE on RingPlus. No big deal because I ordered a GSM SIM for FreedomPop which is being shipped. I also switched my TING Sprint SIM to the TMobile SIM. I'm just trying all of these carriers to see which is the best. I think when it's all said and done, Tello is the best seeing I can just get 1 GB for $11 and use Hangouts for text and calling.

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  20. The weird thing is when I activated my Nexus, I didn't have to put the SIM number in. Crazy that it just works because it was deactivated. I'll read your article again. Thank you for responding my friend.

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  21. Okay Dennis, this is weird! I downgraded my one FREEDOMPOP account losing the free months data and I have over 1.5 GB free but get this...Now I get 4G. When I had the premium account, I only got 3G! No explanation for this at all.

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