FreedomPop V7 Smartphone Offers a Free Mobile Plan for European Users
FreedomPop, FreedomShop, ... FreedomLocked?
The fairly young company called FreedomPop offers refurbished phones in their store (FreedomShop) and a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service at a very very low price. At least for American standards, it's pretty low.
You get to try out their 2GB Premium service free for the first month. After that, the free MVNO gives you 200 minutes, texts, and 200MB. For unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data that will cost you £11.99 ($12.63) per a month if you're in the UK or Spain. Unfortunately, these are the only places this service is currently available.
If you are lucky enough to live in these two countries you also have the option of buying their new phone: the FreedomPop V7. Now, this phone isn't anything to show off with, but it offers a lot of standard features for only £59 ($71.75)!
It has a 1.1 GHz Quad-Core processor, running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow (one behind Nougat), 127mm (5 inches) display, 13mp auto-focus rear camera, 16GB of internal memory with expandable memory option, 1GB of RAM, and a removable battery.
Some even say the phone and service will come to the US soon. Unfortunately, all we can do is wait and see.
Would you switch to a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) if it only cost you $12.63?
I would. I don't even use 2GB with all the wi-fi in my house.
Whether or not they provide service in the United States still escapes me. I went through their website to attempt to see if they have coverage in my area. I clicked “Get it Now” and it took me to their UK site. And if you try to put a US zip code in, it requests for a UK zip code.
They do offer mobile hotspot. How it works is you buy one of their devices and they set you up with a device that uses Sprints cell towers to provide 3G and 4G LTE coverage for your phone. This is not texting and calling, for the US.
I think this company definitely has a ways to go as far as development. The website itself isn’t very user-friendly. In order to navigate it so you can find what you need, I recommend just typing in “FreedomPop” to Google and the search term you’re looking for.
If you’re from the UK or Spain then it is pretty straight forward. For everyone else, I would say wait until this service has solved more of their issues.
Have you ever used FreedomPop? If you're in the US would you find this service useful?