FreedomPop is the UK’s first (and currently only) ‘freemium’ mobile network. Its free tariff, with a small amount of data, calling minutes, and texts, is available to all - though you can upgrade to a more generous allowance if you like.
The company believes that mobile connectivity should be a universal right, and its free tariff helps make that a reality. Right now it’s only available in a few countries worldwide, and luckily the UK is one of them.
FreedomPop started life as a freemium network in 2011 in the USA - Los Angeles, California, to be specific - using the US mobile network Sprint to carry its services. It began a worldwide expansion in 2015, which is when it came to the UK.
Its latest venture was rolling out special global calling packs in 2016, so you can phone abroad nice and cheaply. And, of course, it’s slowly expanding to various other countries, mostly in Europe at the moment.
All FreedomPop’s plans are SIM-only, though handsets are rumoured to be on their way soon.
The network’s main attraction, of course, is its free tariff. This gives you 200 minutes, 200 texts, and 200MB of data each month, at no cost whatsoever besides the one-off activation fee for your SIM.
That’s not all it offers, though - you can also get tariffs with extra allowances. Unlike the free tariff, these plans cost money. They start at a basic £4.99 per month, and range all the way up to a heftier 4GB data with unlimited minutes and texts.
There are also international calling packs to purchase, which give you calling minutes to landlines (and sometimes mobiles) in 50 international locations.
Plus, if you just want a little extra allowance to get you through the month, you can buy an add-on or earn it by taking surveys, downloading coupons, taking out free trials, and so on - and if you have too much, you can roll over any unused data to the next month for a small fee.
FreedomPop uses Three’s network to deliver its services, so coverage is very good - around 97% of the population can use it. 3G coverage is a little lower, though.
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