FreedomPop is making waves in the Internet and Mobile industry, with their offers of “Freemium” service, which means that they offer free plans with upgrades available to premium plans. They don’t work well for very high usage, but are great, cost-effective plans for light to average users of the internet.
The best plans from FreedomPop, in our opinion, are the FreedomPop Burst Home Internet plans — they are far less expensive than the ones we will highlight on this page. Make sure you look at those plans first if what you want is internet in your home. The plans on this page might appeal to people with special mobile requirements.
FreedomPop Mobile offers several plans on three mobile devices. The devices are a USB stick you can pop into a mobile computer, a mobile hotspot you can take with you and an unique, but highly specialized ipod device.
Freedompop is also a partner with Connect2Compete (EveryoneOn.org), and if you qualify by living in one of the 14,000 zip codes with a median income under $35,000, you are eligible for a special Connect2Compete offer, but we question if the deals are actually better deals.
FreedomPop Mobile Plans
With all the plans below, you will get either 4G (Clearwire network) or 3G (Sprint network) mobile speeds, depending upon what is being served in the area you are in. There is no long term contract and you can change plans whenever you want.
Basic (free): With the purchase of any device, you can have up to 500 MB (one-half a gigabyte) of data usage per month. No strings if you don’t go over your allowance. Other than purchasing the device, it’s completely free.
Connect2Compete Basic (free): This is the same plan as the Basic plan (above), but you get only 300MB allowance per month rather than 500MB, with the purchase of any device. That sounds like a worse deal, but you get your device for only $29.95 (although Connect2Compete does not say which device). In addition, FreedomPop cannot automatically charge you if you hit your usage limit; they have to send you an approval for increasing it (buying more usage).
Casual: Get 2 GB of data usage per month. It’s not alot, but it will serve you needs if you are a light web user and don’t watch too many videos. $17.99
Connect2Compete Casual: This is the same plan as the Casual plan (above), but you have to pay $2 per month more for it, with the purchase of any device. While you pay more each month, you do get a device for only $29.95 (not sure which device). In addition, FreedomPop cannot automatically charge you if you hit your usage limit; they have to send you an approval for increasing it (buying more usage). Is it a better deal? It’s questionable.
Premiere: This plan gives you 4 GB of data per month. That’s still not a lot, but it’s better than 2 GB. $28.99.
If you go over the allowance for any plan, the extra usage is charged at $0.02 a MB for the Basic plan and $0.01 a MB for the Casual and Premium plans. You can keep tabs on your data usage in your account section of FreedomPop.com. No need to purchase the add-on data usage email alert for $1.99 a month, if you remember to check.
FreedomPop Mobile Devices
Bolt Freedom Stick: This is a USB stick you place in your PC or Mac laptop and with it you will have 4G wireless internet. $39.
FreedomSpot Photon: This is a 4G hotspot you can take with you or use at home. Similar to the FreedomPop Burst for the home, but mobile. A “hotspot” is a small portable device about the size of a pack of cards. $49.
Freedom Sleeve Rocket: A specialty product that turns iPod Touch 4 into an iPhone. Have 4G data wherever you go. Interesting concept. $99.
FreedomPop Home Internet or FreedomPop Mobile Internet?
FreedomPop Mobile Internet:
Apply at EveryoneOn.org (if you qualify):
As we said at the top of this page, these mobile plans are significantly more expensive than the FreedomPop home internet plans. If you are going to use the internet at home go directly to the FreedomPop Home Internet page and save yourself a bunch of money.
But if you must be mobile, then consider the plans on this page. If you need mobile only for infrequent occasions, the Basic (free) plan could work out well for you.
We should also point out that competitor NetZero also has a set of mobile plans called 4G Mobile Broadband that you might want to compare.