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You Can Now Buy FreedomPop's Products at Target

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For the longest time, FreedomPop has been selling its service to customers through its website. This decision has proven to be effective for the MVNO as it has garnered tremendous success in offering its free mobile services online. Now, it looks like FreedomPop is ready to extend its reach wider as it has welcomed the option of getting its products and services through a retail partner.

Earlier today, FreedomPop announced that its handsets and services are now available in over 1,100 Target stores situated throughout the country. In addition to this, they can also be purchased through the retailer's website.

With this announcement, you can now head over to a nearby Target location to pick up a FreedomPop SIM card ($5) or purchase a new Android smartphone for as low as $59. This will already give you access to one of FreedomPop's plans, which start at $13 per month. Under this plan, you already get unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 1GB of 4G LTE data.

Considering the company offers a free plan that comes with 200 minutes of voice, 500 texts, and 500 MB of data per month, it is something worth checking out. And if you're the type of person who's okay with this monthly allotment, you'll be more than happy to get this service for free.

Head on over to a nearby Target location so you can pick up a FreedomPop SIM card for only $5.


Source: FierceWireless

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  1. Been burned by “FreedomPop” with their “free plan” that I was just experimenting with, ended up having to shut down the credit card to get them to stop billing me.

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    1. Same thing happened to. Also, the Sprint speeds in my area were too slow, so the voip really did not work out. I should have done my homework.

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    2. Yes I found it FreedomPop kept trying to trick me into paying for services that I didn't want or didn't need, with deceptive labels and turning things back on after I said I didn't want them.

      By far the most unpleasant experience I have ever had in cellular.

      TracFone, in contrast works well for the vast majority of people but sometimes it goes wrong. FreedomPop is the opposite. It's a scam that doesn't work almost all the time, and you have to make a great effort to get it to even do what it's supposed to.

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    3. I've been using FreedomPop for the past year and I have had zero problems. That said, I did follow one of the online guides to using FreedomPop to the letter, including using a Bank Of America ShopSafe virtual credit card with just a $7 credit line.

      So over the past year, I've paid $0 each month for 700MB of data, 200 minutes of calling and 200 texts (though I use Google Hangouts exclusively for all calls and texts). This is a savings of $360 a year over the $30 a month T-Mobile plan I had used for the previous three years.

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  2. It should be noted that it’s not real cell talk and SMS texts. It’s all done thru data.

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    1. Add, talk and SMS texts are not count to your data.

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    2. Cellular packet radio is data! Just a slightly different header and normal voice (which is data) does not go through a server which puts a TCP/IP wrapper around it. Most people fail to understand that.

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  3. Where are they getting 500mb from? Anyways, data top ups and refill cards would help, they seem obsessed with having credit cards on file, heck you can't even use prepaid debit cards on a free plan. I'd love to go to Target and buy an extra gig of data for under $10.

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    1. The free plan for FreedomPop's Sprint network phones has 500 MB. The phones they are selling at Target are Sprint based. The SIMs are AT&T and only get 200 MB on the free plan.

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  4. I’ve saved $hundreds with Freedompop over the past 3 years. 3-4 minor issues and they fixed them promptly. I have 3 sims, totally free and the service works fine.
    Freedompop has had online retailer partners like NewEgg and SlickDeals for years, so the only thing new is selling via physical stores.

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  5. Freedompop is sold at BestBuy. Target is not the first retail partner selling at physical stores as the article strongly implies.

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    1. The article never states Target is the first, just says they are expanding their retail presence. Never does it use the word first retail partner.

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  6. Last time I was at a Best Buy (admittedly several months ago) their Freedompop stock was empty and I didn't see any signs of them refilling. Is that relationship coming to an end?

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  7. FreedomPop is such a huge scam, please stop promoting them. They have so many bait and switch tactics that it is impossible to get "free" service. It costs money just to downgrade your plan. They hide many of the options to disable billing deep in your account page. Many people have to cancel credit cards just to stop payments. They don't even mention that voice/text service is data-only (VoIP) unless you pay extra. Please don't promote this scam, its worse than RingPlus.

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    1. Seconded. Dennis, please stop. FP may take good care of you knowing you have a venue to quickly sour people toward their games, but the vast majority of us have nothing but problems from them.

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    2. Agreed, I hope Target pulls them before they get hurt too bad.

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    3. We try to cover all of the US prepaid and MVNO news. Coverage is not endorsement.

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    4. NOT impossible to get free service. I've done so with an international hotspot and LTE SIM cards for the past 18 months. It does take work, diligence and research.

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    5. Freedompop will work if you have limited credit cards. So far so good. Don't give them an unlimited card. They will burn you.

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    6. Maybe Target should offer to sign you up with a limited credit card for every FP plan when you check out.

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  8. What a mistake... People are going to buy it expecting REAL phone service. Then when they can't be understood on a calls over VoIP on Sprints awful data network, Target is going to spend a lot of time dealing with customer complaints and returns. Online you've got more of a chance to research actual user feedback before buying.

    I give Freedompop full credit. In a light user and having a few of their various products has got me out of paying monthly fees for a while now, but it's a big trade-off most won't be expecting, or willing to tolerate.

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    1. I agree, the so-called free service is bottom of the barrel in every respect as FP nickel and dimes you to death to add basic services.

      Little to no C/S unless you pay.

      This will bite Target in the ass!

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    2. I am getting SIP Port trolled, incessant bogus SIP dialing 1004/1005, on my Sprint based service which makes my service unusable and FP will do nothing to combat it.

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  9. Apparently they think that reaching out to a different crowd--perhaps a group less familiar with their scam tactics is the way to go.

    Target is making a huge mistake associating their brand with FP in my opinion.

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  10. Ringplus, I mean, FreedomPop, is way past its opportunity for redemption and legitimacy. I don't know what Target is thinking.

    Then again, they sell "RCA" products, Westinghouse TV's, and America Movil, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Fortunately, I only shop there when I draw the short-straw and have to shuttle the seven sisters-in-law to the mall.

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    1. Not sure why Target associates with FP, but at least Target has been good to me about refunding my money when I am not happy with one of its products.

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  11. "In August FreedomPop launched a new annual plan targeting users who want more than the company’s basic free service but who aren’t interested in paying for unlimited data. That plan includes 1,000 minutes of voice, 1,000 texts and 1 GB of data a month for $49 a year. FreedomPop also introduced packages that couple a phone purchase with the new plan, including a year of service for users who pay $79 for the LG Tribute or $149 for Samsung’s Galaxy S5.

    The company is positioning its new offerings as an alternative to unlimited data plans from major operators that typically cost $70 a month or more for a single line. FreedomPop said those plans are particularly costly for users who consume less than 3 GB of data per month."
    S: Original Fierce Wireless article

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    1. The $49 plan that Fierce Wireless mentions was discontinued less than a week after it launched. I suspect the author of the article wasn't aware of that.

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  12. Last day to get your 1c LTE SIM for AT&T from FreedomPop! Don't miss out.
    And if you're in a Walmart or Sam's Club look for their selection of products.

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    1. I still haven't received my Sim from FP and they started service on it already, so I won't have 30 to even try it, more like 23 days as of today, no mail today , 20 days maximum it looks like, kind of dissapointing

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    2. I had a similar experience when I ordered from them a bit over 2 years ago; had about 20 days worth on the free trial period for the same reason.

      As for the Target in-store offer, a local store here had only the AT&T SIM and a $79.99 Alcatel phone of some sort in a box promoting the free service, mixed with a mish-mash of other services while further down the aisle were distinct sections for better-known services. Granted it's shortly after launch but IMO doesn't seem very promising.

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  13. Prior post, I did get my FreedomPop sim today, and it was ready to go and it looks like I only lost 2 days instead of 7, so far so good.

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  14. FP service aside, this could be a good source of Sprint MVNO-compatible phones. Buy an FP phone at Target and use it on any Sprint MVNO.

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    1. FreedomPop requires 6 months service before they will release one if their phones for use on another service. FreedomPop Phones Now "Locked" to FreedomPop For Six Months | Prepaid Phone News

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  15. I must say that FP LTE fee service has been good to me. Of course I turned off auto reup and have 700mb with friends from slick deals. Great plan as a backup and for kids.

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    1. Yep. I have the free LTE service with 700mb of data thanks FP friends, too. And I've been quite happy with it. I live in a rural area and the AT&T coverage with the FP SIM is much better than the T-Mobile coverage I had prior to FP.

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