Mobile data plans have gotten cheaper as the market for smartphones has expanded, but they are still a major cost for some families. Freedompop is a new take on the cell phone data market that is looking to change that. They offer free mobile data and service on their sim card based plans. The catch? Freedompop follows the model of many apps by providing the basic functional product for free, but charging for the addons.
If you are someone who uses their phone sparingly, and doesn’t particularly care about having the most up to date phone all the time then you should take a look into Freedompop. The communications company provides users with a sim card and an account with 200 minutes of calling, 200 texts, and 200 MB of data monthly. The plan is not much for most teens, but for many adults who simply need to be able to take calls and check their email it can ease a great financial burden. Users can purchase additional data and minutes as they need it. Freedompop also offers the ability to purchase extra lines or roll over unused data to the next month. Freedompop’s plans do not come with smartphones, but the company does sell all manner of mobile devices that are compatible with their products.
In the U.S., Freedompop works on the mobile networks of Sprint and Clearwire to give users a good network of coverage. After their successful launch in 2011, its founders Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesa are currently working on bringing the service to Europe. They intend to follow the same business model on the new continent but are adding in free international calling and no roaming to their new plans. The international sim will be available in the UK, Spain, and France initially, but it will be expanding to over 20 different countries when the launch is completed. Freedompop is working alongside Three’s Spectrum to provide their European data coverage.