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FreedomPop launches its free phone service

The base plan offers 200 minutes, 500 messages and 500 MB for free but is only available with the purchase of a HTC EVO Design smartphone.

After providing freemium data services for a while, FreedomPop officially enters the mobile phone market today by releasing its free phone service. Access to the phone service is tied to the purchase of a refurbished HTC EVO Design 4G handset for a convenient price - only $99.

According to the company, the sale price mentioned above will soon climb to $149. The plans offered by FreedomPop are the following:

  • Basic 200: 200 voice minutes, 500 messages, 500 MB data, all for free
  • Premium 500: 500 voice minutes, unlimited messages and 500 MB data, all for $7.99/month
  • Unlimited: unlimited voice minutes and messages, 500 MB of data and all for $10.99/month

In addition to the above, a potential buyer should know that quality of the VoIP service depends on the local coverage and reliability of the networks used - Spring 3G, WiMAX and LTE, while data overages cost $0.01/MB and $10/GB.

For now, the HTC EVO Design 4G is the only device available for FreedomPop's clients, but more handsets are expected to arrive soon. Even more, FreedomPop confirmed on Facebook that users will soon be able to bring their own devices to this network. Unfortunately, the date has not been decided yet.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-10- 1 (Update: 2013-10- 2)