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
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