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.
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. Additional Data: $0.02 per MB/month.
Connect2Compete 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). Additional Data: $0.02 per MB/month.
Basic: Purchase any device and get 1GB (double the 500 MB free plan) of data usage per month for $9.99/month. Additional Data: $0.01 per MB/month, half the price for additional data for the Free plan.
Casual: Get 2GB 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/month and additional data is $0.01 per MB/month.
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). Additional Data: $0.01 per MB/month. 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 5GB: This plan gives you 5GB of data per month. That’s a decent amount if you aren’t watching videos, but it’s not cheap. $34.99. Additional Data: $0.01 per MB/month.
Premiere 10GB: FreedomPop’s highest usage mobile plan gives you 10GB of data per month. But you’re really paying for it at $59.99/month. Additional Data: $0.01 per MB/month.
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
You’ve got your choice of quite a few devices that work with any plan above. We don’t include prices below because they subject to change as new models are introduced and others go on sale. You’ll have to check pricing on their site after entering your zip code and address as you check for services and model available to you.
Popular Mini Tablets: Features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3®: Leading tablet that defines performance. It is built with a 7.0″ HD touch display, backed by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, and a 5-megapixel camera.
Samsung Victory 4G LTE: A robust smartphone equipped with a 4.0″ touch display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and connected to FreedomPop’s lightning fast LTE network.
Samsung Galaxy S4: A smartphone that exemplifies power and beauty. Equipped with a huge ultra-sharp 5.0″ HD touch display, a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and connected to FreedomPop’s LTE network.
Samsung Galaxy SIII: A powerful and elegant smartphone with a super sharp 4.8″ display, powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, and connected to FreedomPop’s LTE network.
Privacy Phone: Ensure privacy with this Galaxy S2 upgraded with full security features including VPN for anonymous browsing, encrypted voice and online security to protect yourself from hackers and spyware.
HTC EVO 4G: The ultimate thoroughbred smartphone. Equipped with huge touch display, and 8-megapixel camera, incredible 4G speeds, and a sleek design.
Freedom Stick Bolt: This is a USB stick you place in your PC or Mac laptop and with it you will have 4G wireless internet.
Freedom Spot – LTE Hotspot: Our newest hotspot with fastest LTE speeds – blazing fast LTE at home or on the go.
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.
Freedom Spot Overdrive Pro: A 4G hotspot in your pocket – fast free wireless at home or on the go.
Freedom Sleeve Rocket: A specialty product that turns iPod Touch 4 into an iPhone. Have 4G data wherever you go. Interesting concept.
FreedomPop Home Internet or FreedomPop Mobile Internet?
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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.