FreedomPop, the company behind ’100% Free Internet’, was founded a little over two years ago, backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom with the idea that “The Internet is a Right, and not a Privilege”. Since then, they’ve added coverage with Sprint’s nationwide 3G and 4G LTE, and most recently brought on Android phones featuring Free Talk, Text, and Data. Deal hunter sites have featured the small carrier as a great way to save money every month on mobile data plans and providing features that the larger carriers just can’t replicate.
FreedomPop’s free tier offers customers 500MB of 4G data each month without a monthly fee or contract with speeds up to 6 Mbps down and 1-2 up, you can pay $3.99 a month for their “Speed Plus” service unlocks double those speeds.
Need more data? You can earn it by adding Freedom Friends, downloading apps, signing up for other services and more. You can also just pay to upgrade to a 2GB plan for $17.99 a month. Another add-on that is worth considering is rollover data. For $3.99 a month you can bank up to 20GB of data so if you are a heavy data user that could prove worth the cost. These plans and services are available on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. You can check their coverage map here.
Something to note on all of the FreedomPop plans is that once you get within 100MB of your data limit for the month it will automatically “top-up” with 1GB of data for $10 unless you turn that setting off. That isn’t a bad price by any means, the $10 is added as credit to your account and never expires.
Now obviously you need to consider the services you want and the coverage map, but FreedomPop can offer a huge savings. Verizon’s prepaid hotspot starts at $15 a week for 250MB or $60 a month for 3GB. AT&T’s prepaid option is $50 for 5GB. The only carrier that comes even remotely close is T-Mobile at $20 a month for 500MB or $30 for 2.5GB.
Does FreedomPop sound like something that might work for you? If so, the special offer that we have worked out with FreedomPop might push you over the top. For just $25 you’ll receive a FreedomPop Photon Platinum hotspot, a 2,000 mAh external battery, free shipping and a free trial of the 2GB plan for your first month with FreedomPop. As with all their plans there is no contract making this basically risk free and if you find that you won’t use 2GB in a month you can always drop down to the free 500MB plan before that first month is up.