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Updated: FreedomPop to Launch "UNREAL Mobile" With Unlimited Plans Starting at $15/Month

Freemium Sprint and AT&T MVNO FreedomPop announced today that it will launch a new MVNO brand called UNREAL Mobile in "early summer", with a Beta starting soon.  You can request an invite to the Beta at unrealmobile.com. FreedomPop's announcement says UNREAL Mobile will offer Unlimited Everything plans on the Sprint network starting at $15/month. No plan details were revealed but I suspect that at the $15 price point UNREAL will include only a small amount, say 512 MB or 1 GB, of high speed data followed by unlimited throttled data. Update: UNREAL Mobile CEO Stephanie Lewe, told Android Authority that the $15 plan is throttled after 2 GB. The plans will also include a VPN service, encryption, the ability to use your UNREAL number for VoiP calls and messaging on any device (tablet, another phone, computer), and mobile ad blocking.

According to FreedomPop, "Unlike FreedomPop, which competes aggressively with pre-paid brands like Boost and Cricket and leverages VoIP and streamlined customer service, UNREAL will offer a full service premium product to compete directly with Sprint and T-Mobile’s postpaid business. Starting at $15/month on the exact same 4G LTE network, UNREAL is the nation’s lowest priced unlimited plan stacked with features now critical for every mobile user, including VPN for anonymity, built-in encryption, the ability to use your UNREAL number on any device (tablet, another phone, computer), and mobile ad blocking." That statement seems to imply that unlike FreedomPop, which is a data only service with calling and texting handed by a proprietary VOIP calling and OTT messaging app, UNREAL will offer native cellular calling and messaging.

FreedomPop claims that the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger is what makes UNREAL's low pricing possible. FreedomPop SVP Mauricio Sastre said, “A year ago, there was no way Sprint would have allowed us to offer UNREAL. Today however, their hands are tied, as Sprint and T-Mobile are held up in regulatory approvals contingent on their ability to demonstrate that competition won’t suffer.
That suggests that Sprint has significantly lowered the wholesale prices it charges FreedomPop, and presumably other Sprint MVNOs. It that is true, expect to see a new round of MVNO price cuts and data increases.

This is not the first time FreedomPop has offered an "unlimited" plan. In May, 2014, it launched an "Unlimited Everything" plan. The old unlimited plan cost $19/month (later increased to $24.99/month). It included unlimited VoIP calls and OTT messaging and unlimited data, with the first 1 GB at full speed followed by unlimited "3G" speed data. Initially the 3G speed was 512 kbps. In June, 2015, FreedomPop announced that the throttled data speed was being reduced to 128 kbps for new users and 256 kbps for users who activated their plans after June, 2015. FreedomPop discontinued the unlimited plan  for new users in late 2015 and switched all remaining unlimited users to a non-unlimited plan in July, 2017.

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  1. Offering real cellular calls is a necessity for me. I have never been happy with VOIP calling on my cell. As far as the unlimited data, as long as the throttled speed isnt too bad, I'm ok with that. But none of that 64 or 128k stuff.

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  2. So this is more like a competitor of Mint Mobile (MintSIM)

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    1. Yes for mint you need to pay money for a year..!

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  3. Jason in PortlandMay 23, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    An article on "Android Authority", found through a web search, cited Unreal CEO Stephanie Lewe stating the $15 plan will include 2 GB of full-speed data.

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    1. "(unused high-speed) data rolls over from month to month and users can throttle themselves if they want to preserve high-speed data."
      -Unreal Mobile rep

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    2. Good news! The $15 plan has since been brought down to only $10. You can check it out at unrealmobile.com.

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    3. where 10 dollar ,, it is still showing request invite, no pricing details

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    4. No details without giving info./email?
      Same old games?

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  4. Of course it's cheap, cause on Sprint's network you won't have any signal at all... :P

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    1. I live in suburban Washington, DC, and have devices on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. I had Verizon, but decided to reduce my addiction to having every free or low-cost service in the land. My point is, Sprint is the only provider where I get full bars on LTE at all times of the day in my home. So it depends on where you are. If you can't get a Sprint signal then obviously Sprint is not for you.

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    2. The issue with this plan is not Sprint's network. The issue is, as Dennis pointed out, that even if FP offers an acceptable plan today, it may be gone tomorrow. Why should I abandon my present slightly less favorable but stable plan to patronize fickle FP.

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    3. To be clear, UNREAL Mobile is not a service being offered by FreedomPop, we are a separate mobile provider with our own business rules and strategies altogether. Give us a shot!

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  5. hope this time its not voip.

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    1. Traditional cellular calling is standard across all of our plans!

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  6. VPN for anonymity, built-in encryption, the ability to use your UNREAL number on any device (tablet, another phone, computer), and mobile ad blocking

    For me, this is extremely interesting. Mobile ad blocking at the carrier level would be amazing.

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    1. Can't block ads, thats a violation of Net Neutrality......oh wait, not anymore:-)

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  7. Any idea if they support hotspot/tethering?

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  8. I wonder if they will nickel and dime you for voice mail, mms, etc

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    1. No of course not! LOL
      They said: "UNREAL will offer a full service premium product"
      Now it remains to be seen what "premium" means but I would not trust them. They want beta testers and they want you to pay to test for them and NO information is provided until you pay! lol
      I'm usually pretty optimistic but this one seems fishy from the get go. Even the CEO has no footprint on the internet which seems odd for an executive. I will not be one to rush to sign up.

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    2. These services/features are included standard across all of our plans. We made a commitment to create a model that offers customers exactly what they want. In regards to BETA, would you feel more comfortable trying us out if you got a free trial for the first month?

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  9. This would be an ok announcement if it had been any company other than Freedom Pop. Pretty obvious competition won't suffer...FP and Sprint are just not that high on most peoples list of must haves!

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  10. To me it sounds like they are trying to offer a good deal that is more clear cut, understandable, and realistic. Support costs money. I can see a reasonably price option that you simply for for upfront being a good idea for them, rather than making everything an add on. They have all the pieces for a good mvmo already in place, so now they are wising up and using them. About time. Just hope fp's past mistakes down drag this one down before it even starts.

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    1. Yup, you hit the nail right on the head. We're committed to providing a feature-rich and hassle-free experience, which includes the premium features required by today’s mobile savvy users.

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  11. Sprint?

    Looks like a whole lotta nothin' to me.

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    1. Good signal in most cities

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    2. Sprint will have the first mobile 5G net in our area this time next year; we're on the list. They will run LTE and 5G at the same time from the same towers in split-mode using Massive MIMO and some clever software. TDD LTE is perfect for Massive MIMO; FDD not so much.
      I'll be rockin' 5G when most of you will still be counting 4G bars ;-)

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    3. Sprint has no real 3G fallback.

      When it comes to mobile internet, it's LTE or bust.

      And let's just say I dropped off of LTE a few too many times to ever use Sprint again.

      I might give them a better shake when they shutter their pre-LTE networks and proclaim their absolute faith in the completeness of their 4G and 5G networks.

      But they'll probably get merged with T-mobile before then, which makes it a moot point.

      The fact is, Verizon's the only CDMA carrier in America with vast enough coverage that 3G fallback will never be an issue for most people.

      With Sprint, it's basically a game of roulette whenever you travel a shot distance.

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    4. I am rural with no usable wired connection and Sprint has LTE here.

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    5. Sprint has decent 3G data speeds in my area and I'm sure many others. Fast.com via Tello on a Moto E2 just now: 18 Mbps LTE, 1.8 Mbps 3G, ? 1x. (1x data won't register an IP at the moment for me, though calls go through.) Verizon 3G never got me better than 500 Kbps.

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    6. If you are talking about being shot when talking about Sprint, it might be Russian roulette you are talking about....

      "With Sprint, it's basically a game of roulette whenever you travel a shot distance."

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  12. Starting our last month of free Sprint Unlimited BYOD. We will stay with Sprint network, probably Twigby to have roaming included. we only used 10mb total roaming data the whole 11 months tho. Sprint speeds include the fastest we’ve ever seen, many times over 90 Mbps down. 113 & 129 down were the fastest. But we also saw more speeds that were much slower, 5-7 Mbps down and Sprint is not as consistently fast as Tmo or AT&T in the DC area. It’s plenty good here, tho and the savings are nice.

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    1. Sprint BYOD free year offer still available. You can reup for a second free year if you have another / different person / SSN to be the account holder. Port #'s out to a non Sprint carrier/MVNO then port back in to Sprint via "new" account holder. I just did this 2 days ago using tmo to port out to. Whole round trip took 3 hrs.

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    2. I thought about doing that, but couldn't find my spare SSN and identity. Instead I'm switching to 'free' Xfinity (Vzw) and Comcast service. They only charge $2 tax in our area, vs $3.71 on Sprint. When I dump Comcast later it will still only be $12/month with tax. I don't need more than the included 100mb/month mobile data with all the free Xfinity WiFi hotspots around here.

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    3. The "our" in the OP implied multiple lines. Unless one is a minor the other's SSN would suffice if it can pass credit check.

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    4. Using "the other's" SSN only works if the original activations were combined on one account. If they were on separate accounts, you still need a third SSN and credit check to set up another free year. Maybe another mailing address, credit card and email address as well.

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  13. We all wondered what FP's long term plan was, now we know. Replace unsustainable FP with a paid service. It's a safe bet FP isn't turning a profit by charging for add-ons most subs know how to avoid by now while keeping the free service and investor money isn't going to keep rolling in forever. It's either switch to a paid model or go the same way as RingPlus and CellNuvo.

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    1. ....and the recent TPO. When you cater to the glove compartment phone crowd you can expect nothing less. Companies go out of business when people don't make regular purchases. Who knows if $15 will pay the bills. My guess they are just trying to cover some of the cost of the freeloaders and the high data users.

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    2. Anon 9:03, if the freeloaders and the high data are eliminated there are not many left. Unfortunately, this exact circumstance exist throughout our economic model and in industries much more important than wireless.

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    3. Anon 9:36 there are no freeloaders. Every customer of FreedomPop had paid for getting their account and/or service.

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  14. Freedom Pop customer service leaves much to be desired. There billing prsctices are designed to charge customers fees said customers never intended.

    I prefer to pay a little more to an honest company

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    1. Like Cricket!

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    2. Not like Cricket actually. You don't get these extra charges from Cricket unless you are a deadbeat that is too lazy to pay their bills, or you do something crazy like keep switching your phone number all the time.

      If you are a decent human being and don't change your phone number, you get $0 in extra Cricket charges.

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  15. Freepop was supposed to cancel my Global plan May 1 unless I agreed to pay $4.99 a month or switched to a LTE plan. I did neither.
    My Global plan is still working. When I log in there is a message:
    "Alert: Your FreedomPop service is inactive due to an unforeseen technical issue. Please Click here to contact customer service."
    But the service is still active. Maybe when you click on the link they make it inactive ;-)

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    1. Thanks for the tip!

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  16. $15 for 2GB isn't bad but at that price its probably VoIP calling.

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  17. We hear you! UNREAL Mobile offers traditional cellular calling as a standard service with all of our plans.

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  18. FreedomPop was rather dishonest and deceptive about their deals on their website and it was extremely hard to get out of scam charges. Or to get cancelled.

    Unreal mobile sounds interesting, but the association with FreedomPop gives it a rather ugly smell.

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  19. The site says you can BYOD but when I click to join I on'y have the option of buying one their phones. @Unreal Mobile , how do I bring my phone ? I did receive and invite . TY

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