A Simple Guide To Getting Totally FREE
with the 99 cent FreedomPop (AT&T) LTE sim
[Last updated: Oct 19, 2017]
I've been using FreedomPop for completely free smartphone service
for over a year. I first started with a FreedomPop Global sim in
August 2016, but changed to the much better and newer FreedomPop (AT&T)
US-only LTE sim in
January 2017. I have several FreedomPop LTE sims, several older FreedomPop Global sims, and even a FreedomPop
Sprint-based Moto E2 phone. I've written extensive reviews on all three
different Freedom services (the Global sim, the AT&T LTE sim, and the
Sprint-based phones). In my opinion, the new LTE sim provides the best service,
especially if you use it with a free Google Voice number and the Google
Hangouts app. Recently, FreedomPop has been making several changes, so rather than
trying to keep all three of my previous reviews up to date, and because I
think the new LTE sim is the best way to go, I decided to write this
(hopefully) simple "how to" guide on the best way to get free smartphone
service from FreedomPop. I highly recommend that you read and understand the
section on FreedomPop's Business Model and make sure that FreedomPop will
work for you and meet your expectations. If you don't need a lot of monthly
cellular data and
you're up for the challenge (it isn't that hard), as long as you know
what you're doing, you really can get totally FREE smartphone service
FreedomPop has three DIFFERENT services. If you sign up of a FreedomPop
offer, make sure you know which of the three services you are signing up
for. I've tested and used all three services,
and think that the new LTE sim is the best way to go. For the record, here are
my three previous FreedomPop reviews
My Previous FreedomPop Reviews:
#1. FreedomPop GLOBAL GSM Sim Review
2016 (no longer sold by FreedomPop)
#2. FreedomPop Sprint-based
(CDMA) Smartphones Review 2016
#3. FreedomPop AT&T-based (GSM) LTE
Sim Review 2017 (also covered in this guide)
FreedomPop Nationwide (AT&T) LTE GSM Sim Special Offers
LTE Sim Kit for $0.99 (with free shipping)
(downgrade to the free plan and get 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 700mb
data with FP Friends bonus)
FreedomPop Annual Plan Special Offer
1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 1GB data (1.5GB with friends bonus) for $49 per year
notes on ordering:
note 1) Use a valid email address when you start the special offer
process, and check that you have typed it correctly. Your temporary account
password will be sent to this email address (in a "Welcome to FreedomPop"
email) and you will need the temporary password to access your new account.
note 2) During the $0.99 LTE sim offer ordering process, you may get an offer for "PURCHASE
CONFIRMATION - YOUR FREE GIFT WITH TODAY'S PURCHASE. One-time activation
only $0.01". This is for a SECOND sim for a PENNY. The
second sim can also get the 500mb monthly FreedomPop Friends bonus data
(starting on the second cycle). The
second sim will also have its own free trials that you will also need to downgrade. If
you have a pop-up blocker, you should disable it before ordering or you
might not be able to complete the second offer. I explain more about the
second penny sim offer in the FreedomPop FAQ section below.
note 3) FreedomPop now requires that you pay for a $5 credit to
downgrade to the free plan. This $5 credit will also let you turn off
AutoTopUp (explained below) and you can then use the full 700mb of data.
This is a one-time-charge, and the credit can be used to pay for additional
data if you ever need it. This means for people wanting the free plan (like
me) that the LTE sim is now really $5.99 ($0.99 + $5), but I think it is
still an incredible deal to get free phone service and data. I paid $20 for
my first LTE sim when it was introduced in January 2017, and have more than
made my money back considering how long I have had free phone service and
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. Understanding the FreedomPop Business Model & Having Reasonable
2. What FreedomPop Offers for FREE
3. Ordering & Setting Up the LTE Sim
4. How To Downgrade To The FREE Plan (and Service)
5. How To Get 500MB of Additional Free Data Every Month With FreedomPop Friends
6. Understanding Data "AutoTopUp" and How To Avoid Data Overage Charges
7. Talk & Text Considerations: Google Voice/Hangouts vs the FreedomPop App
8. How To Get More Data
9. FAQs, Tips, & Observations, and the Latest News and Updates
1. Understanding the FreedomPop
Business Model & Having Reasonable Expectations
FreedomPop's business model is to offer limited basic service for free to
entice people to sign up for FreedomPop. But FreedomPop then expects that
a certain percentage of these new customers will decide to pay for more generous paid monthly plans
pay for various add-on services. An example of this strategy is their offer of 200 minutes of
free voice calls. If you want more than 200 minutes per month, you need to
change to one of their paid monthly plans (which then gives you unlimited
minutes). Similarly, the free plan does not include voicemail, so if someone
calls you and leaves a message, you can't listen to the message without
paying for monthly voicemail service (though you can turn off voicemail, and
then your number will just ring and ring until the person hangs up). To some
extent, FreedomPop is similar to Pandora and Yahoo Email, both of which have
limited free service or paid premium service. It's important to understand
that FreedomPop must make money if they are going to stay in business long
term. Although FreedomPop uses a lot of automation and technology to keep
their costs low, every customer account still costs them a small amount of money,
and in the end, it all adds up. FreedomPop
can tolerate a certain number of non-paying customers (aka "freeloaders") as
long as they have enough paying customers to make up for
the costs and generate a profit. One legitimate gripe against FreedomPop is
that while some customers are willing paying customers, because of FreedomPop's often confusing "fine print", some other FreedomPop customers
become unwitting paying customers (which is a source of many negative reviews).
But if you read this guide and pay attention, and you determine that the
limited basic FreedomPop service is enough to meet your needs, then you can
use the information in this guide to avoid accidentally becoming an unwitting paying customer, and instead
you can instead be a happy
"freeloader" like me!
Managing Your Expectations: If you think that FreedomPop wants to
give away free service, you should probably reread the section above.
Similarly, if you wonder why FreedomPop doesn't give you larger amounts of
free data or make it easy to get a lot of data for free, then you probably
don't understand the FreedomPop business model. FreedomPop is willing to
give away some limited basic service to entice people to join, but they
aren't going to make it super easy to get free service nor are they going to
give away any more data than they need to to entice people to join. All this
said, I've been a happy FreedomPop "freeloader" for over a year now, and
it's really not that hard. And it's great getting absolutely free smartphone
service. It's just important to have reasonable expectations and be up for
the challenge (again, it is not that hard).
2. What FreedomPop Offers for FREE
200mb (700mb with FreedomPop Friends) of AT&T
Nationwide 3G/4G/LTE data
200 voice minutes & 500 texts (voip, must use FreedomPop talk/text app)
The FreedomPop LTE sim card works in any unlocked GSM smart phone, and
provides you with AT&T cellular data. You get 200mb of free LTE data every
month. If you add 10 FreedomPop Friends to your account (explained below),
you'll get 500mb of free bonus data, or 700mb per month total. If you don't
add FreedomPop Friends to get the bonus data, the 200mb of data probably
isn't worth it and doesn't make sense, but adding 10 "friends" is easy and
you only have to do it once. All you need to do to get the free data working
on your phone is to install the sim card in the phone and then set the phone
APN. You do not need to install the FreedomPop app to get the free data.
Your FreedomPop account will have a data feature called "AutoTopUp" enabled
by default. When you get with 100mb of you data limit (600mb on a 700mb
account), you will be charged $15 to create an account credit that will then
be used to pay for additional data if you go over your free limit. You can
turn this feature off, but you have to pay for a $5 credit on your account
to do this. Or you can just keep your data usage below 600mb per month and
not worry about it. If you have wifi at home and/or at work, and you just
need cellular data when you are out and about, 600mb should be fine for most
(light) users. Your FreedomPop LTE sim will come with two free 30 day
trials... a PLAN trial and a SERVICE trial. You need to downgrade the plan
and remove the service trial before the 30 day trials are over, or you will
be charged at the end of 30 days. The 30 day trials start when your order
ships, not when you get it. In addition, you will get to chose a local phone
number for your LTE sim account, and you will get 200 free voice minutes and
500 free sms texts per month, but the phone number is a VOIP (voice over
internet or data/internet type) phone number and you must download and use
the FreedomPop app to use the phone number. Again, it is not a traditional
cellular number, but instead is a voip number, and it will not work unless
you use the FreedomPop app. Many people (including myself) just use the free
data and don't install the FP app, and instead get a free Google Voice
number (which is also a VOIP-type phone number), and then use the Google
Hangouts app for talking and texting. The LTE sim will work in any unlocked
GSM-capable Android smartphone or iPhone. The service is via AT&T, and gives
you LTE speed data, but also falls back to 3G/4G if LTE is not available.
There is no roaming. The cellular service is only via AT&T, so you obviously
have to have decent AT&T coverage for the service to work, but according to
AT&T, they cover 97% of the United States.
Note that you need to have a GSM-capable smart phone. FreedomPop does not
sell phones with or for the LTE sim. The only phones that FreedomPop sells
are for their Sprint-based CDMA phones, which are different. If you see a
FreedomPop offer for a phone, it is for their Sprint service and not for
this AT&-T based LTE sim.
So in a nutshell, with the FreedomPop LTE sim you get 700mb of AT&T data
(600mb usable, and assumes you add 10 "friends"). If you install and use the
FreedomPop talk&text app, you also get 200 free voice minutes and 500 free
sms texts, or you can use a free Google Voice number with the Hangouts app
for talking and texting. If you get multiple sims, you can switch sims if
you need more data (each sim will have 700mb of data assuming you add 10
A typical billing summary from one of my LTE sim accounts.
What do I pay each month for my FreedomPop service? Nothing, nada, zip,
FreedomPop really can be free... if you know what to do!
3. Ordering & Setting Up the LTE Sim
You can use
this link to order the FreedomPop LTE sim for 99 cents with free shipping. Be sure to use a real email address to access the offer,
after you order, your order confirmation, information, and account password
will be emailed to the email address you use to sign up.
After you complete your order, your LTE sim kit will be sent
to you via US First Class Mail from California. FreedomPop previously sent
sim cards via FedEX SmartPost with a tracking number, but now sends them in
the First Class mail without any tracking number. Unfortunately, their
system still issues a tracking number, but the number doesn't work. On your
account, you may get a shipping notification that says something like,
"Your order 79598410 has shipped! Tracking code
0004000074523375954293111. It may take up to a day for the shipping
information to appear at Fedex.", but the LTE sim will come in your
regular mail, and there is no tracking number. You should expect to receive
it in 2-5 business days.
Although I already have several FreedomPop LTE sims, I ordered another one
to make sure this new FreedomPop guide has the latest information. I ordered
the sim on Tuesday, September 26 (2017). It shipped the same day and I
received it two days later on Thursday, September 28, via US First Class
mail. It came in the regular standard size plain white envelope shown above,
and was mailed from Poway, California.
Your FreedomPop LTE sim will come with instructions on how to use it, but
the instructions are very simple. First, you need to pop out the correct
size sim for your phone. The sim card is perforated so that you can pop out
a regular size, micro size, or nano size sim. Then you install the sim in
your phone and set your APN to fp.com.attz. Once you set the correct
FreedomPop APN (fp.com.attz) on your phone, your cellular data should work
(you might need to restart/reboot your phone, and/or enable or turn on your
phone's cellular data setting). That's all you have to do.
Install the sim in your phone, and set the APN. If
you want to use the FreedomPop phone number for calling or texting, you need
to install the FreedomPop app.
Setting the APN:
For Android, go to Settings > Network Connections > More > Mobile Networks
> Access Point Names". Click on Add or "+" and enter fp.com.attz as
your APN and save.
*Note that some Android phones may be a little different. On my ZTE
ZMAX2, I went to
SETTINGS > Mobile Networks > ACCESS POINT NAMES. I then tapped the "+"
sign to create a new APN and typed "FREEDOMPOP" for the name and "fp.com.attz"
for the APN. I then saved the new APN.
For iPhones and iOS devices, connect to wifi and go to
www.freedompop.com/iosapn Select [Country: United States] and
[Product: US LTE SIM]
Setting up the FreedomPop LTE sim is simple. Just pop the correct size
sim out of the card and install it in your phone. Then set up an APN for "fp.com.attz"
and use it. You will note that the service is indicated as "AT&T" instead of
4. How To Downgrade To The FREE
Plan (and Service)
When you order the FreedomPop LTE sim, you are automatically signed up for
one month "free trials". One trial is for a PLAN (for
example, the "Premium 2GB LTE Unlimited Trial
($24.99/month)" plan, and the other trial is for a SERVICE (for
example, the "FreedomPop Phone Premium
Trial ($7.99/month)" service. Here is an example of the terms from one of their
"By clicking Activate, you agree to
pay the amount Due Today. Your FreedomPop
service will not begin until your device ships. Your subscription includes a
1-month(s) free service trial. At the conclusion of your free trial, your
service will automatically renew at the provided rate found in your shopping
cart of $32.98 every month."
The typical FreedomPop offer, as shown above, will include TWO free 30
day trials, one for a PLAN and one for a SERVICE. The free trial period
starts when the sim ships, not after you receive it. Per the terms, the
trials last 30 days, and then you will be charged for the plan and service
(which may be for 1 month or 6 months depending on the offer). If you don't
want to be charged, you need to downgrade to the free plan and remove the
service. Many people make the mistake of not carefully reading the offer or
the terms, and assume there is only a single trial. Thus they don't remove
the service and they get charged for it. Or they will assume the trial
doesn't start until they receive and/or activate the sim, and again they get
charged. Please don't let this happen to you!
If you don't downgrade your plan and your service within 30 days (from
when your sim ships, not when you receive it), you will be charged.
If you only downgrade your plan and not your service, you will be charged
for the service. You need to downgrade/remove both! But if you can follow simple directions and you downgrade your plan
and your service to their free plan, it really is free. I've ordered
several LTE sims, several
Global sims, and a FreedomPop Sprint-based Moto E2 phone, and I have never had
downgrading any of them to the free plan and service. I have never received
any additional or "unexpected" charges. Please note that some
FreedomPop offers are for monthly plans and services, while some other
offers are for six-month plans and services.
To downgrade to completely free service, you will need to change TWO THINGS, your PLAN and your
SERVICE. After you've downgraded your plan and service, then you need
to CONFIRM that both are actually downgraded. To get started, log into your FreedomPop account, and do the following:
DOWNGRADE TO THE FREE PLAN:
FIRST - DOWNGRADE YOUR PLAN:
> Go to "My Account > Plans". You should see that you have
paid plan (for example, the
"Premium 1GB LTE Unlimited" plan for $19.99/mo)
> Find and click on the link "Details and Plan Management"
> Then click on "To downgrade your plan, click here"
> You will get the following warning screen: "Warning: you are
about to downgrade your plan. By downgrading your plan, if you are on a
trial, you will lose all additional minutes/messages/data. Any usage
incurred above your new plan limits will incur additional charges."
> Click "Downgrade anyway". You will need to
click on a couple more screens and enter your password to confirm your
You can downgrade at any time after you order. You can downgrade right
away immediately after you order, or you can wait until you get your sim and
verify it works. I do recommend that once you get your sim and confirm it
works, you should then downgrade, or at least downgrade soon after that so
you don't forget.
September 2017 update:
Starting in September, FreedomPop now requires that you pay for and add a $5
credit to your account before downgrading to the free plan. They disclose
this new policy in the offer terms by stating, "When
downgrading to the free plan, an account balance is required to protect
ourselves from fraud and leakage, as data usage can be delayed up to 3
hours." If you pay for the $5 credit, you can then also turn off
auto-top-up without adding any further credit, which many people do
DOWNGRADE AND REMOVE THE PAID SERVICE:
SECOND - DOWNGRADE YOUR SERVICES:
> Go to "My Account > Service". You should see that you have the "FreedomPop
Premium Plus" service for $7.99/mo
> Click on the "View Details" button.
> Almost hidden at the very bottom of the next page, you will see "To deactivate the FreedomPop Premium Plus service, click here"
> click the link to deactivate the service. You will need to click on a
couple more screens to confirm your decision and decline any other service.
You will eventually get the message, "YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DOWNGRADED".
THIRD - CONFIRM YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOWNGRADED (both PLAN and
Since some time in March 2017, there seems to be an ongoing
"service downgrade bug" that FreedomPop has not fixed. Even though
you downgrade/remove your service trail per my instructions above and your
"services page" shows no services, your account may still have the Premier
service trial on it. You should check your account-overview page to see if
the service was actually removed. If your account-overview page still shows
a paid service, you may or may not be charged at the end of your free trial
cycle, but just to be safe, I recommend you remove the paid service if
is still shows on your account-overview page. It's easy to remove it. Just
click on "view details" and repeat the service downgrade/removal process.
Check again when you are done. Some readers have reported that it takes
multiple attempts to finally get the service removed. If you don't remove the
paid service, and you do get charged, you can
contact FreedomPop billing and they will refund the charge,
but it is much simpler to just check your account overview page and remove
the Premium service (if you need to). One reader reported that he didn't
know the overview page still showed the service, but he did not get charged,
so maybe FreedomPop fixed the bug to not charge your account even if the
overview page still shows the paid service? I don't know, but I'd be safe,
and just remove the paid service from the overview page as well.
LTE sim accounts do not have a direct link on the account home page to
get to the
account-overview page. You can either use this link [https://www.freedompop.com/acct_overview.htm ],
or access the overview page from your account page as follows (see picture
> Go to "My Account > Plans".
> Click on the link for your plan or "Details and Plan Management"
> Now click on the link for "My Account". This will take you to
your account overview page [https://www.freedompop.com/acct_overview.htm]
> Verify you are on the free plan and that there are no paid services. If
you see any services, click on "view details" and repeat the downgrade process.
Check the overview page when you are done to make sure you are not signed up
for any services. Some readers have reported that they have had to do the
downgrade/removal process twice.
5. How To Get 500MB of Additional Free Data Every Month With FreedomPop Friends
The free plan includes 200mb of cellular data every month. You can get up to 500mb more data every month by getting "Freedom
Friends". You will get 50mb every month for each "Freedom Friend" you
have on your account, up to 500mb maximum. Once you get a friend, you get the
data every month. You don't need to keep adding more friends, though you
should have some extra friends (more than 10) in case any drop out or have
their accounts suspended. All you need to send a
friend request to another FreedomPop account is the email address associated
with that account. After you send the request and the other account accepts,
you will get the 50mb bonus, which will repeat every month. I recently started a
FreedomPop Friends list where you can find email addresses for sending
invites, and add your
email address to the list if you want. I also have one of my account email
addresses listed there if you want to send me a friend invite.
To send a friend invite, just cut and paste an email address into your FreedomPop
account Friend Finder (look for "friend finder" or "Freedom Friends" on
your account homepage, and then use the "Invite Friends" form and "Invite by
Email Address"). People won't see your request until the next time they log
into their FreedomPop account, so you might not hear back from some people
for a while, and some people may have already gotten enough friends and may
not every respond. In general, it's pretty easy to get at least 10 friends
fairly fast, and then you'll have the extra 500MB of data
6. Understanding Data "AutoTopUp" and How To Avoid Data Overage Charges
Your FreedomPop LTE sim account will come with a feature called "Automatic
Top Up" that is enabled by default. When you get within 100mb of your data
limit (i.e. at 600mb if your data limit is 700mb), you will be charged $15, and a $15 credit will be added to your
account to pay for any data overages (at $.02/MB). If you continue to use
data and use up your $15 credit, the process will repeat. You can be
charged for up to seven $15 credits per month, and then your account is
suspended. From the FreedomPop website:
uses an 'Automatic Top-Up' feature to ensure you are never left without
broadband access when you exceed your subscribed Monthly Plan limits. The
default top-up amount is $15.00.... In any billing month that your usage is
within 100mb of your Monthly Plan broadband data allotment limit, your
FreedomPop Account will be charged the automatic top-up amount using the
registered payment method associated with your FreedomPop Account. As your
broadband data use exceeds the broadband data allotment of your Monthly Plan, an
amount equal to your total additional usage multiplied by the additional cost
per megabyte as defined by your Monthly Plan, will be deducted from your
FreedomPop Credit Account balance. When your FreedomPop Credit Account balance
falls below $2.00, your registered payment method will be charged the applicable
Automatic Top-Up amount as described above. This payment will occur each time
your FreedomPop Account balance falls below $2.00 to prevent an interruption in
the Broadband Service we provide you... If you do not use your Account Credit
for a period of 30 days, FreedomPop will place your Account Credit on inactive
status. You can reactivate the Account Credit by following the reactivation link
at https:// freedompop .com/billing_overview.htm Account Credit on inactive
status is not refundable."
There are two ways to avoid data overage charges. You can (1) set a
cellular data limit on your (Android) phone, and (2) disable Auto-Top-Up on
your FP account.
First, you can set a cellular data limit on your phone.
is a feature available on Android phones only. If you have an iPhone, there
may be apps which will do this. On an Android phone,
go to Settings > Data Usage... and turn on "Set mobile data limit". Change
the monthly cycle (start and stop days) to match your FreedomPop billing
cycle, which you can find on your FreedomPop account under "data usage".
After you've set the correct cycle, you can then pull up or down the warning
level and limit level to adjust them. Set your data limit to be less than
the point where the Automatic Top Up would charge you $15, or, if you've
disabled Automatic Top Up (see below), set your phone's data limit little a
little below your FreedomPop data limit to account for any data reporting
delays and/or small discrepancies between your phone and the FreedomPop
Example of a cellular data monthly limit and the warning message and
cut-off message you see when you hit your warning and then your data limit.
Second, you can disable the "Automatic Top Up" feature.
Note: Now that FreedomPop requires you to pay for a $5 credit
to downgrade to the free plan, once you pay the $5 and downgrade, you should
also turn off AutoTopUp. You do not have to pay for another $5 credit.
To disable Auto-Top-Up, you must have a $5 credit on your account. If you
don't, you'll have to pay $5 to put the $5 credit on your account. If you
pay for the $5 credit and turn
off Auto-Top-Up, then when you hit your free data limit, if your credit balance is
active, you continue to use cellular
data (and pay for it) until your credit balance drops to $2, and then your
data gets cut off until the next cycle. If your credit balance is less than
$2 or is inactive, then your data should be disabled when you hit the
top-off trigger (100mb under your limit). When your data is suspended,
your account will be disabled until the next billing cycle. Regarding the $5
credit, if it isn't being used, after 30 days it will become "inactive". You
can "reactivate" the credit by clicking a link on your account under the
billing section [BILLING > CREDIT BALANCE > CLICK TO REACTIVATE]. You can
reactivate the credit as many times as you want, but you need to reactivate it within
90 days or you may need to contact customer service to get it reactivated. Whether your credit is active or
inactive, or expired, once you turn
off the "Automatic Top Up feature" it will remain turned off. If you
keep your credit balance active and over $2, you can go up to and over your
free data limit, and then your credit balance will be used to pay for more
data. When your credit balance is less than $2 or is inactive, then when you
get within 100mb of your free data limit (the auto-top-up trigger), your
data will be turned off and your account will be suspended until the next
cycle. Most importantly, if you turn auto-top-up OFF, you won't be automatically charged for additional data credits.
TO DISABLE AUTOMATIC TOP-UP (optional, costs $5)
> Go to "Billing > Billing Settings". You will see that Automatic Top-up
> Click on EDIT. When you uncheck the box, you will get the following
message: "Because actual data usage may be delayed by up to 3 hours, to
protect ourselves from fraud and leakage, you must have at least $5.00 in
credits to turn off Auto-top up."
> If you click "OK" to disable the Automatic Top-Up, you will be charged
$5 (unless you already have a $5 credit from downgrading to the free plan) and you will get a $5 credit on your account. Now if you hit your monthly
free data limit, your $5 credit will pay for some additional data, but when
the credit is used up (or becomes inactive), your account will suspended until the start of your next
Understanding what happens after you disable Auto-Top-Up,
and your $5 credit is Active or Inactive:
6a > By default, your account will have a feature called "Auto Top Up"
enabled. With it enabled, when you get within 100mb of your data limit (i.e. at 600mb
if your data limit is 700mb), your card will be charged $15 to put a $15
credit on your account. You can then keep using data and go over your free
limit (i.e. 700mb), and your credit balance will be used to pay $.02/mb for
the data overages (for example, 50mb would be $1). If you keep using data,
when your credit balance drops to $2, you will be charged $15 again, and the
process repeats. This can happen up to 7 times per account billing cycle.
6b > The easiest way to avoid triggering the auto-top-up $15 credit charge is
to set a DATA LIMIT ON YOUR PHONE, as I described above. When you set up the sim card on your phone, also set a data limit, and set the data cycle to
match your FreedomPop account. If you've added at least ten FreedomPop
friends, your free monthly data limit should be 700mb and the auto-top-up
$15 credit charge would be triggered at 600mb, so set a data limit on your
phone of 500mb or 575mb for example.
6c > You can turn OFF the "Auto-Top-Up" feature. If you do this, FreedomPop
will charge you $5 and will put a $5 credit balance on your account.
6d > Your credit balance can be ACTIVE or INACTIVE. When
you first add credit, it starts as active. But if you don't
use any of your credit balance for 30 days, your credit balance becomes
inactive. You can reactivate it by logging into your FreedomPop account
and clicking a link. Supposedly you have 90 days to reactivate the credit or
it expires, but I've seen reports of people reactivating credits long after
90 days, so I'm not sure if they ever really expire.
6e > Once you turn off Auto-Top-Up, it remains turned off forever,
regardless of whether your credit balance is active, inactive,
6f > If Auto-Top-Up is OFF and you have an active credit balance of at
least $2, you can go up to and over your free data limit. You can continue
to use data (and pay for it from your credit balance at a rate of $.02/mb
until your balance drops to $2. When your credit balance is $2 or less, your
account is suspended until the next monthly cycle, when it automatically
6g > If Auto-Top-Up is OFF and you have less than $2 in credit or your credit
balance is inactive, then when your get within 100mb of your free
data limit, your data stops working and your account is suspended until the next monthly cycle, when it
6h > So, if you turn Auto-Top-Up OFF and keep your $5 credit balance active,
your can use your full free data limit, but after that your data won't be
stopped and if you continue to use data you'll use up your credit until it
drops to $2, when your account would then be suspended until the next
6i > So, if you turn Auto-Top-Up OFF and allow your credit balance to become
inactive (happens after 30 days if no credit use activity), then you can
use up to 100mb less than your free data limit, and then your account should
be suspended until the next monthly cycle.
6j > Even with auto-top-up turned OFF, you could still incur (probably small)
data overage charges. This is because there is a delay in reporting data (up
to 3 hours or more). FreedomPop doesn't turn off your data and suspend your
account until they find out you have hit the trigger point. But in the
meantime, because of the delay in data reporting, if you were still
continuing to use more data, the additional data would still get reported
after FreedomPop disables your data and account, and you would still be
liable for the additional data used which is over your free monthly amount.
I doubt this happens very often, but I think its important that people are
aware of this and understand it. If this does happen, my guess is the amount
of data used and the charge should be small, unless your kid unfortunately
decided to start streaming youtube videos just as you approach your data
limit. The best way to avoid this issue is to set your own data limit on
your phone to turn off your phone's data when you want it turned off.
An example: Lets say you have 700mb of free data on your sim, and
you've paid $5 to turn off auto-top-up...
✔ If your $5 credit is active: when you hit 700mb, your data stays
on and you keep going, and start paying $.02 per mb. When you hit 850mb,
you've used up $3 and have $2 left. Now (at 850mb) your data gets cut off
because your active credit is down to $2. But lets say because of the (up to
3 hour) delay in data reporting, another 30mb of data comes in and gets
reported after the cutoff. That 30mb costs $.60 and your credit is reduced
to $1.40. In the future, because you now have $2 or less of credit, your
data will get cut off when you get with 100mb of your limit.
✔ If your credit is inactive or below $2. When you get to 600mb,
your data gets cut off. Again, lets assume because of the delay in data
reporting, another 30mb of data comes in and gets reported after the cutoff.
No problem. Your total use is 630mb, which is below your 700mb free data
limit. As long as you aren't using a lot of data at the moment your data is
disabled so that less than 100mb of delayed data gets reported, you'll stay
below the 700mb limit. But note that it is theoretically possible to
go over the limit because of the delay in data reporting, which could result
in a small data usage charge.
The bottom line on avoiding data overage charges: I recommend setting a data limit on your phone.
In addition, and for peace of mind, I
think it's good to pay the $5 credit to disable the Automatic Top Up
feature. Whether or not you log into your account every 30 days to reactivate your
credit and keep it active is up to you.
7. Talk & Text Considerations: Google Voice/Hangouts vs the FreedomPop App
I prefer to use my free Google Voice phone number on the Hangouts app for talking
and texting, even though I'm "losing" the free FreedomPop App 200 minutes &
500 texts. I'm not knocking the FreedomPop Talk/Text app. I've tried
the FreedomPop app and it works,
both for talking and text. The FreedomPop app is a good choice for people who don't want to
set up a Google Voice number and use Hangouts. You do get 200 free minutes
and 500 free texts, but there are some limitations.
* The FreedomPop minutes/texts do not count against your data usage, but the
minutes/text do get counted and used up both when you are on cellular data
and when you are on wifi. I was a little surprised that texts sent on wifi
still count against the 500 text limit since you aren't on cell service, but
they do, and minutes used on wifi also count. Of course, if you need more
minutes or texts, all of the FreedomPop paid monthly plans include unlimited
talk and text.
* The free FreedomPop texts are SMS only. If you want to send and receive MMS, you need to
pay for a monthly MMS plan ($1.99/mo or included in the $7.99/mo Premium
* By default, the FreedomPop voice number will go to voice mail if you don't pick it up,
and if someone leaves a message, you won't be able to listen to the
message unless you pay for a
monthly plan with voicemail ($2.49/mo or included in the $7.99/mo Premium
Plus service). If you don't want people to be able to leave a voice mail
that you can't access without paying, you can disable voicemail and then
your number should just ring and ring. To disable voicemail, go to your
account under account settings and find [voicemail preferences]. Although it
says "disabled", you need to click "edit" and then click "save", and then
you will get a message saying "voicemail disabled." You can confirm that
voicemail is now actually disabled by calling your number and confirming it
just keeps ringing.
* Each FreedomPop sim has it's own phone number. If you change sims, you
* Google Voice with Hangouts includes free domestic calls, free voicemail,
and free sms & mms texts. Texts (SMS) essentially use no data. When you are
using Hangouts on wifi to talk, you won't use any of your cellular data.
When you use the Hangouts app (with your Google Voice number) to talk on cellular data,
it uses about
.55mb per minute based on my testing. That means 100 minutes of talking should use about
cellular data. Most of my talking is when I'm on wifi (other than when I
do a weekend walk and call my father), and I usually text
instead of calling people.
* Most importantly, if you have a Google Voice phone number, you can install
the Hangouts app on any or all of your phones and then send and receive
calls and texts. You can set up your Google Voice number to
ring on multiple phones, either by forwarding it to a phone number or by
using the Hangouts app. I have my personal Google Voice number ring on both my FreedomPop (Sprint) Moto E2
with Hangouts and my ZTE Zmax2 with my FreedomPop LTE sim with Hangouts.
A Google Voice phone number with the Hangouts app gives you a lot of flexibility.
How To Install The FreedomPop Voice/Text App
you only want to use the FreedomPop LTE sim to get the free cellular data,
you do NOT have to install the FreedomPop app. All you need to do is set
your phone APN to "fp.com.attz" and then turn on cellular data, and
it should work. But, if you want to use the FreedomPop phone number to get
the 200 free minutes and 500 free texts, then you must install and use the
FreedomPop voice/text app.
The FreedomPop phone number is not a traditional
cellular number. It is a "virtual" (voip) phone number, and you must install
and use the FreedomPop Messaging app to be able to use the phone number. Also
remember that each FreedomPop sim has its own phone number, so if you switch
sims, you are also switching FreedomPop phone numbers. There are several
FreedomPop apps on the Google Play Store. The app you want to install to use
with the LTE (or Global) sim is the "FreedomPop Messaging Phone/SIM".
Step 1) Find the FreedomPop Messaging Phone/SIM app on Google Play
Store and select INSTALL.
Step 2) The app will need access to a bunch of things... select ACCEPT.
Step 3) Wait for the 37.61mb app to download and install (you may want to
install it when you're on wifi to save your cellular data)
Step 4) After it install, select OPEN. The app will remind you to set your
APN to "fp.com.attz" (actually, the app says fpop.com.attz, which is wrong).
The app will explain that you must use it to send and receive texts with
your FP number. The app will explain how to activate voicemail
(voicemail is a PAID feature, not free). The app will tell you that you can
port your number to FreedomPop. The app will show you how to get self help
and support. Now select DONE. The app will ask you to set Messaging as
Default. You can say ok and change it later.
Now, whenever you reboot or power up your phone, the FreedomPop Messaging
app will provision the phone and you'll get a message saying, "FreedomPop Setup Complete. Your
phone number is ###-###-###".
After you've installed the FreedomPop MESSAGING app, to make a phone call, you can click on the Android PHONE icon or the FreedomPop MESSAGING icon.
To send a text, click on the FreedomPop MESSAGING icon.
TIP: If you want to check how much data you have used or get other account
information, open the FreedomPop MESSAGING app. On the home screen, swipe from the left side, and you'll get a side menu showing
your account information.
TROUBLESHOOTING TIP: If you install the app and you are able to send texts
but not make calls, try this. In Android, go to [settting] > [apps] > select
Messaging app. Select "Force Stop" then under Storage "Clear Data" and
"Clear Cache". Exit settings, and then open the FP Messaging app and try
making a call. On one of my phones, I had to do this twice to get calls
The FreedomPop MESSAGING Voice/Text app will use up your free minutes and texts both
when you are on cellular and on wifi. You can always see how many you have
left by using the tip above to swipe from the left side of the Messaging app
screen to show your account information, including your FP phone number and
The FreedomPop MESSAGING app allows you to send and receive 200 free
minutes of voip voice calls and 500 free texts. If you swipe across from the
left side, you will get a summary of your plan details, including your phone
number and email address for your sim, and how much data you have left.
8. How To Get More Data
Each LTE sim can get a maximum of 700mb of free data a month, of which about
600mb is useable unless you disable the Auto-Top-Up feature, which requires
paying for a $5 credit. If you do disable Auto-Top-Up and keep your $5
credit active, then you can use the full 700mb. The free way to get more
monthly data is to have additional sims, and swap them in your phone when
they run out of data. Of course, this is a bit more work, but it is free. If
you are switching sims, note that each sim has its own FreedomPop phone
number, so your FreedomPop phone number will change every time you change
Another option is to consider one of the FreedomPop paid plans. They
have monthly plans, as well as plans where you pay for 6 months at a time
(at the beginning of the period) and you save about 50%. The free option
with a single sim works great for me because I'm usually on wifi and really
don't need very much cellular data, but the paid plans are an option for
people who want more data without bothering with swapping sims all the time.
FreedomPop is currently running a special promotional offer (see below)
where you pay $49 upfront for a year of service, and you get 1000 minutes,
1000 texts, and 1000mb data every month (plus you can get the 500mb bonus
data from FreedomPop Friends for a total of 1.5GB of data per month).
If you're willing to pay, this seems like a very sweet deal to me. $49 per
year works out to a little over $4 per month, and you get 1.5GB of AT&T LTE
data every month, and if you use the FP phone number and FP app, you also
get 1000 minutes of talk and 1000 texts.
FreedomPop's PAID Annual Plan Special Offer
1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 1GB data (1.5GB with friends bonus) for $49 per year
9. FAQs, Tips, & Observations,
and the Latest News and Updates
FAQ#1: How is the cellular data coverage? Is is reliable, and what sort of
data speeds do you get?
A: I've been using the LTE sim since January, and have been very impressed
with the coverage and reliability. Around town and when traveling,
I've almost always had coverage, as I would expect because it is AT&T
service. The data speeds are great, and are more than sufficient for what I
do (talking via Hangouts, texting, checking emails, watching youtube, etc.)
The one weakness of the service is that it uses the old Jasper network on
AT&T, which seems to sometimes have higher latencies (ping times) than the
newer AT&T server/network. This means that sometimes when you are using the
data to talk to someone (i.e. on hangouts), there may be a slight delay of
about a second when you talk back and forth with someone that isn't present
on a landline or wifi connect, but I don't mind it because the service is
free. Suffice it to say, you are getting AT&T cellular data (with slightly
higher pings) for FREE. I'll also mention that I'm pretty sure that I almost always have
an LTE connection, but if not it falls back to 4G or 3G.
Sample FreedomPop LTE sim SpeedTest results from when I received my first
LTE sim in January 2017, and again on two different phones in October 2017.
I am in Santa Barbara, California. The download speeds are blazing fast and
range from 76Mbps to 87Mbps. The pings range from 76ms to 87ms.
FAQ#2: How long does shipping take? When will I get my new FreedomPop sim
A: FreedomPop used to ship sim kits from Indiana via FedEX SmartPost, but
now sends them via regular US First Class mail from California. I just
ordered another LTE sim in September (2017) on a Tuesday and received my sim
two days later on Thursday (I'm in California). I would expect most people
will receive their sim kits in 2-4 business days, and they will come in the
mail in a regular size white envelope with a shipping label/address on the
envelope. The FreedomPop website still generates a message when the sim
ships and provides a tracking number, but the tracking number does not work.
Again, the sim ships via the US Postal Service in the first class mail with
NO tracking. Also remember that your 30 day free trial period starts the day your order ships,
not when you get it.
FAQ#3: I got something during my order that said, "PURCHASE
CONFIRMATION - YOUR FREE GIFT WITH TODAY'S PURCHASE. One-time activation
only $0.01" What the heck is this?
Although it can be confusing, this is an offer for SECOND pre-activated
sim card for a penny ($0.01). You can skip it if you want, but
it's legit, and it's a good deal. If you accept it, you should be able to
pick a second phone number for it, and you'll get a second sim card. The
second sim card will have it's own "free trials" and you'll need to downgrade
it just like your first sim card (plan and service). The great thing is that
if you add at least 10 friends to your email account, both your first sim
card and this second penny sim card will both get the 500mb bonus, so you'll
have two sim cards, each with 700mb of data. Note: the second sim will probably not
show the 500mb Friends bonus until the second billing cycle starts. Read the next FAQ to see what can go
wrong and why you might not get the second penny sim card...
This is an offer to get a SECOND sim for a penny.
FAQ#4: I thought I ordered the second $.01 sim card, but I never got it.
A: I have heard that if
you have a pop-up blocker (especially on Chrome) it can cause the second
offer to not work, so I'd recommend turning off any pop-up blockers before
FAQ#5: If I get the second sim, is there anything I need to do?
If you get the second sim, the only thing you need to make sure you do is
understand that it will have its own free trials (plan and service), and
you'll need to downgrade both. To access the settings for your second sim
(or multiple sims or devices on your account), log into your account on the
FreedomPop website. Then click on your name in the upper right hand corner,
and you should get a drop down menu with your devices (sim #1 and sim #2)
listed. You can select either on and downgrade the plan and service. You can
also monitor your data usage.
FAQ#6: I downgraded my second $.01 "penny" sim and it only has 200mb? Why
didn't it get the 500mb Friends bonus?
A: The second $.01 sim will often not get the 500mb Friends bonus until it
starts the second cycle. So if you only see 200mb, don't panic. Just wait
until the start of the second cycle and you'll get the 500mb bonus data on
FAQ#7: My sim just started the second cycle, and it shows 1.17GB (or
900mb) instead of 700mb? Why do I have the extra data? Will I get charged?
A: If you have extra data at the start of your second cycle, it is because
your initial free trial of Premium Service included data rollover, and you
got the benefit of data rollover on the first cycle. This has happened to me
multiple times. For example, one of my sims came with a 1GB bonus at the
beginning. Thus when it started the second cycle, I got 200mb+500mb friends
bonus+500mb rollover =1200mb, and 1200mb/1024=1.17GB. This also happened to
my second $.01 sim above which got 900mb (200mb+500mb friends+200mb
rollover=900mb). If you have cancelled the Premium service (which most of us
have), at the start of the third cycle, no data will roll over, and you'll
get the expected 700mb (assuming you have 10 friends).
FAQ#8:. What kind of phone do I need for this LTE sim?
A: You will need an unlocked GSM-capable smartphone running Android 4.0 or higher or
an Apple iPhone running OS 7.0 or higher. The phone must be GSM-capable. GSM is what
AT&T and T-Mobile use, or you can buy a generic unlocked GSM smartphone. If
you have an AT&T or T-Mobile phone, it will need to have been unlocked,
although I've seen some reports that this LTE sim works on AT&T phones
that are still locked to AT&T. I don't have a locked AT&T phone to
verify this. Verizon and
Sprint use CDMA instead of GSM, and this sim will not work in their CDMA
phones, though some newer Sprint and Verizon phones have GSM capability, and
work. If you have a Sprint or Verizon phone, you will need to determine if
it has GSM capability and if it is unlocked. This sim will not work in a flip phone, it has to be in a smartphone.
FAQ#9: Do I need an "LTE" phone? Does the LTE sim also have 3G?
A: You can use a 3G phone with the LTE sim. You don't have to have an LTE
phone, but you will need an LTE-capable phone if you want to get LTE data speeds.
This LTE sim also supports 3G and 4G data. I verified this by settting my phone to only use 3G data, and the sim still worked. So
if you have a 3G phone, this sim will work, you just won't get the faster
LTE data speed.
FAQ#10: How long can a sim be dormant or inactive? How often do I have to use
it? Are there inactivity fees?
A: You don't have to use the LTE sim, but you do want to make sure you
downgrade to the free plan and cancel the service trial after you order, or
you will be charged for the plan and/or service after the 30 day free trial
ends. There are no dormancy charges, but starting earlier this year (2017)
FreedomPop started occasionally charging inactive accounts a $0.01 "maintenance fee" to confirm the account
still has a valid payment form on file. This penny charge could be as often
as once a month, but I have several FreedomPop accounts that I don't use,
and I've only occasionally been charged the penny charge.
FAQ#11: Can I only use this sim in one phone? What if I want to switch
it to a different phone?
A: You can use this LTE sim in as many different (GSM) phones as you
want, but of course, only in one phone at a time. The great thing about GSM
sims is that they are not tied to a phone (unlike CDMA sims). With the LTE
GSM sim, you can switch it between phones, or if your phone runs out of
data, you can switch to a different LTE sim that still has some data on it.
Just remember that the FreedomPop number is attached to the sim, so if you
switch sims, you will also switch FreedomPop phone numbers (which is why I
use a Google Voice phone number with Hangouts).
FAQ#12: Can I use the FreedomPop LTE sim for tethering and/or to make
my phone a hotspot?
A: Maybe. If you pay, FreedomPop offers a $10.99 Premium monthly service
that includes tethering, but I have not tried it. On the free plan,
tethering is not supposed to work, but tethering does work on some of my
phones. Note that if your smartphone is an AT&T branded phone, even if it is
unlocked, the AT&T software may block tethering (because you aren't
subscribing to a paid AT&T tethering plan). My experience with tethering
the FreedomPop LTE sim on the free plan is as follows:
* My Amazon Prime BLU R1
HD dual sim phone (works easily) - I am able to easily turn either LTE
sim (#1 or #2) into a hotspot using the stock Android Marshmallow hotspot
function (settings > wireless & networks > more > tethering & portable
hotspot > wi-fi hotspot). I just enable the hotspot function and it works.
* My unlocked AT&T ZTE ZMax2 GoPhone
(works with 3rd party app) - the stock Android hotspot does not to work
(settings > Mobile hotspot). When I try to turn it on, I get an error
message saying "There is a temporary network problem that prevents the
enablement of the Mobile hotspot function. Please retry later." However,
I downloaded and installed an app called "Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot" and the
app works for tethering and make the ZMax2 phone a hotspot.
* My refurbished Moto G4 (works but only with a lot of effort using a
slightly unorthodox "hack") - the stock Android Marshmallow hotspot does not
work. When I try to turn it on, I get a message saying "Checking
subscription status. Please Wait...", and then eventually an error
saying "Network connection error. Your phone cannot currently connect to
AT&T's server. Please try again later." I tried the Portable Wi-Fi
Hotspot app, but it did not work either. I did discover an interesting way
to make the stock hotspot function work, but it's not easy. If you remove
the sim card (you have to take off the phone back), then turn on the hotspot
and almost immediately slide the sim card back in, the phone will skip the
subscription status check and the hotspot function will turn on and work.
Removing the back cover and temporarily removing the sim card is obviously a
bit of a pain, so I can only see using this method in an emergency if you
really need tethering. It is a cool "hack" though, and is worth try once
just to see if it works for you.
* I also want to thank reader Rick for providing the
following information about his own experience with tethering the FreedomPop
LTE sim. He reported that tethering is working for him with the FreedomPop LTE sim
on the free plan on four BLU R1 HD phones, a Nexus 5, a Nexus 6, and a Moto G4.
Rick also has an unlocked AT&T S5, unlocked AT&T S6, and unlocked AT&T S6
Edge+, and tethering did NOT work on those phones, but it did work on an
international-version S5. Rick said that he didn't do anything special to
get tethering working on his phones. He just set up and enabled the phone's
hotspot function. But he also reported that tethering did NOT work on his
AT&T-version phones, though he probably didn't try the 3rd party hotspot app
I found or the hack of removing and sliding back in the sim card. If you have any
tips or other information on tethering with the FreedomPop LTE sim, please
leave a comment below!
FAQ#13: My phone needs a nano size sim. Can I use the
FreedomPop LTE sim?
A: Yes. The great thing about the FreedomPop LTE sim is that it is a
3-in-1 sim, and can be used as a regular size sim, a micro size sim, or a
nano size sim. If you look closely at my picture above where I show how to
remove the sim from the sim card, you'll see that it has three different
sized perforated shapes for the nano size, the micro size, and the regular
size. You just decide what size sim you need, and then pop the correct size
sim out of the card.
FAQ#14: FreedomPop LTE Sim Activation: How do I activate my sim?
When is it activated? Do I need to activate my sim?
A: The FreedomPop sim is activated on the day it is shipped to you, so
it will already be activated when you receive it. You do not need to
activate it. It is already activated. You also don't have to use it right
away, or use it to activate it. You can let it sit in a drawer for several
months before you use it. Whenever you're ready to start using it, the sim
is ready to use. All you have to do is put the sim in your phone and set the
APN to "fp.com.attz" and your cellular data should work. If you want the
free talk & text, you need to install the FP app. Remember that your 30 day
free trials start on the day the sim ships, so you need to downgrade your
plan and service within 30 days of the ship date, whether or not you ever
open the sim kit and/or use it.
FAQ#15: What if I get a wrong charge on my credit card? How do I
A: Some people recommend contacting FreedomPop through their Twitter or
Facebook accounts, but I think it's easier to just call them. Call
888-743-8107 and then press 4 for billing. I called to verify the number
worked, and got a real person within less than a minute. If you are on the
free plan and call from your FreedomPop phone number, you may get a message
that you need to contact support through their website. The simple solution
to this is to just call from a non-FreedomPop number and then it's easy to
get through to billing. If you downgrade your plan and service (and check
your account overview page to make sure you're downgraded), you shouldn't
need to contact billing, but if for any reason you do, it's not that hard. A reader named Nick
who got hit by the
second version of the "service downgrade bug" (which has since
been fixed) told me that when
he called FreedomPop to get it fixed (he called 888-743-8107 and pressed
4 for billing), he got a representative right away and got the problem fixed
in 3 or 4 minutes. From what I have read, every person who has ever contacted
them about an incorrect charge has always received a refund. In fact, Brad
wrote this in a comment on my original LTE sim review:
[Brad on Monday, March 13,
forgot to mention how good FreedomPop's customer service is. When I
ordered the global sim's a few months ago, I meant to downgrade them,
but forgot ( I hadn't started using the cards at the time). When I saw
the credit card charge, I called FreedomPop's customer service,
explained the situation, and received a full refund on both sims! I
don't know if they commonly do something like this, but needless to say I
was very impressed."
FAQ#16: What is the new "account maintenance" charge? Why did I get
charge on my credit card?
A: In March 2017, FreedomPop updated their terms of service, and now they
may charge inactive accounts $.01 to verify they still have
a valid payment form on file.
last updated on 3/1/2017] "Notwithstanding anything else in these Terms to
the contrary, if you choose the Free Monthly Broadband Plan or the Free
Monthly Phone Plan and (a) do not make a payment for excess usage, Value
Added Services, or Other Services in any particular month and (b) use less
than 5mb or make fewer then five (5) calls in any given month, FreedomPop
reserves the right to charge you a $0.01 maintenance fee ("Maintenance Fee")
to keep your FreedomPop Account active."
I have multiple FreedomPop accounts (several LTE sim accounts, several
Global sim accounts, and a Sprint-based Moto E2 account). Some of my
accounts that I don't use have gotten a few of these $0.01 "penny" charges,
but not every month. They seem to happen at random, and honestly, not very
often. I think all of the penny charges so far add up to less that ten
cents. Just know that if you aren't actively using an account, it may
occasionally be charged $0.01. So why is FreedomPop doing this? I think
because of credit card processing fees, it actually costs FreedomPop much
more than a penny to charge the penny charge, so ironically FreedomPop
probably loses money when they charge the penny. I think there are two
reasons they are doing this. First, they really do want to make sure people
have a valid form of payment of file for the account, so that if the person
uses a lot of data all of a sudden and runs well over their limit before
FreedomPop knows to cut them off, FreedomPop doesn't want to get stuck with
an unpaid bill. Second, I think FreedomPop would actually like people to
close their unused accounts since the unused accounts still cost FreedomPop
money, and thus the random penny charges are meant to annoy people and get
them to close their inactive accounts. In any event, while it is a little
annoying, I've decided that I don't mind the penny charges very much,
because even if I pay a few pennies a year or even a few pennies a month,
this service is still an incredible deal (at least for me).
FreedomPop has updated their terms to include a new $.01 "Account Maintenance"
fee. You may occasionally be charged $.01 on inactive FreedomPop accounts to verify they still have a valid form of payment on
10. Comments / Questions / Feedback:
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