I finally got a chance to purchase Freedompop services to test it out. So far so good no issues, except the known scheme maybe, tricking you to select paid services. Here are what I did, after reading a lot of reviews from others, I stay away from the big flashing FREE data Unlimited and so on, those are just marketing words to get you sign up, without reading the small prints you will be subscribed to pay services.
- I hope on to Glyde.com and got a $40 HTC EVO w/ front facing camera, got it a couple days later, looks good. [originally I was going to try Ting.com, that will be next though.]
- Went on to Freedompop.com and sign up w/ “I already have existing phone” small one at the bottom, so I don’t have to buy their phone.
- Went through the sign up wizard screen, stay away from all the gimmick, those that flashes have special words to get your attention like FREE, UNLIMITED, and so on, those are just to get you to click on w/ hidden charges not clearly stated. Maybe it was clearly stated just in small words, smaller than those marketing words.
- So again, I stayed away from those features and selections. I select the cheapest FREE far right selection, 200mins talk, 500 text, and 500MB data. Clicked all the way through without purchasing anything special. The cost total out to be $19 activation.
- I followed the two steps procedure to register the phone on freedompop.com network then download the freedompop app messaging and account management (optional though). Freedompop Message is all you need.
- Open up Freedompop app message, and started calling, and texting, and internet, works great!
- Finally, watch out for data usage on your mobile devices, some background program might empty your 500mb pretty quick, ensure to turn them off. I was able to stream radio, and youtube fine. However if you’re doing streaming and talk on the phone at the same time, the quality might not be great. This is similar to MagicJack.
OK final thought. I said MagicJack? yes I did, and the reason I say this is similar to magicjack because it’s not really a phone that you can call without the internet. This Freedompop required you to have a smartphone, which is by the way cheap now a day, and so far on CDMA network such as Sprint can be registered. I live in a small town and the signal is pretty good, always 3+ bars. Your freedompop apps doesn’t appears to be killing or deducting any of your data usage, which is good, I think freedompop don’t take any of that into account. Data count when you use it outside of Freedompop apps, such as videos streaming, radio streaming, surfing the internet, email, and run apps that uses the internet, that is where Freedompop will deduct your data usage. I tested the voice call, pretty good, however I recommend don’t use speaker phone, it will not be that great, either use handset or headphone, haven’t try bluetooth yet, same quality as magicjack if anyone uses it before, maybe closer to skype, but definitely not actual phone quality. In all, I give freedompop a great! rating. Free minutes and data, but there are fees associates if you use, no such thing as free lunch, there’s always a catch.