FreedomPop lets users share data with each other through a program called Freedom Friends. Using Freedom Friends, each FreedomPop account could receive up to 1000 MB of additional free data per month. In an apparent cost-cutting move FreedomPop this week made a change to their data sharing policy that cuts the maximum amount of shared data an account can receive to 500 MB.
There are two ways to get extra free data using Freedom Friends:
- FreedomPop users could invite other FreedomPop users to become their Freedom Friends. For each Freedom Friend created both users get an extra 50 MB of data every month. Each user can earn 500 MB per month just for having 10 or more Freedom Friends.
- Freedom Friends can also share data with each other. Each user can share up to 100 MB per Friend per month. Sharing is limited to 500 MB given to all Friends and 500 MB received per account per month.
The screenshot above shows the message I received when I tried to give 100 MB to an account that had already received 500 MB from having more that 10 Freedom Friends but had not received any shared data.
- It's trivial to get 10 Freedom Friends using social media resources including a SlickDeals Forum thread, a Facebook Group and a Facebook Page where FreedomPop users have listed their email addresses so that other users can add them as Freedom Friends.
- FreedomPop's website doesn't have any way for users to change phones or transfer their service from a Sprint phone to GSM SIM or vice versa. FreedomPop actually encourages users who want to change phones or networks to just open an additional account for the new device or SIM. As a result, I think most long time FreedomPop users have multiple accounts and share data from their old inactive accounts to active ones.