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I Just Got This Cell Phone Company to Offer Me Free Service. Here’s How

Updated September 22, 2015
by Kyle Taylor
Founder

I know my smartphone isn’t a necessity, but most days I feel like I couldn’t live without it.

But my cell phone bills have been creeping higher and higher — the last one I paid was over $120! That’s crazy, considering there was a time when I survived just fine without a phone at all.

I can buy an entire month’s groceries with that $120, so I’ve been on the hunt for a more affordable cell phone plan.

To be honest, most of the cheaper options I’ve found are pretty awful. But, I just stumbled upon one company who is offering cell service for FREE!

Say, what? Here’s what I found…

Could FreedomPop Lower Your Cell Phone Bill?

My interest in FreedomPop was piqued a few years ago. But for a while, I was leery of their limited offerings. I think a lot of people were!

Until about a year ago, reviews of the service were mostly complaints about crappy phones and slow connections. But it seems like FreedomPop has stepped up their game.

With a shift earlier this year to Sprint’s 4G LTE network, FreedomPop added faster data speeds and a bunch of LTE phones to their lineup, making them a more viable alternative to pricey cell phone carriers… and, did I mention, FREE?

So What’s the FreedomPop Deal?

A free cell phone plan might sound too good to be true, so let me break it down.

First of all, why would a company offer free service? They have to make money somehow, right?

I’m not seeing any hidden fees or gimmicks here. It looks like FreedomPop makes their money by offering paid upgrades and premium options… in addition to their free plans.

If you want a truly free plan, here’s what they promise when you sign up:

  • no contract
  • Sprint’s 4G LTE network
  • 200 minutes
  • 500 texts
  • 500 mb of data
  • WiFi calling & texting
  • 30-day risk-free trial

These limits would be too low for my needs, but I did find their unlimited talk, text and data plan for only $19.99. At that rate, I’d get a year’s worth of cell service for what two months cost me now!

They also offer other premium services and paid upgrades like data rollover, visual voicemail, wireless tethering, extended warranty and more.

You pay just for the features you need and keep your expenses at a fraction of the cost of the average cell phone bill. This FreedomPop customer, for example, gets unlimited talk, text, data and a Wifi hotspot for about $35 a month.

How to Save $150 on Your Phone

For a while, most of the negative reviews I read about FreedomPop focused on their limited selection of devices. But this year, they expanded their lineup of LTE smartphones.

They don’t have everything yet — for example, the iPhone 6 is not available.  But if you’re trying to save money, does buying a $650 phone really make sense?

As a cherry on top, FreedomPop wants to offer a special deal for The Penny Hoarder readers! You know I never turn down an offer that might save our readers money.

With this deal, you can get a certified pre-owned LG Volt LTE Smartphone for just $49.99 — that’s $150 off the regular price for a new one. You’ll also get a free trial of the Unlimited Talk & Text + 1GB of data, saving you that $19.99 for your first month.

Can You Get FreedomPop in Your Area?

Before you sign up, make sure to see if FreedomPop’s service is available in your area. It runs on Sprint’s network, which is available across the U.S., and  you can check your ZIP code to ensure you’re covered where you live.

If you travel a ton like I do, you’ll want to take a look at their coverage map to see whether you’ll have service when you’re on the road. If you find yourself needing your cell phone while visiting or driving through rural or less-populated areas, you might want to stick with higher rates for a wider network.

Bottom Line: This Could Be a Cool Way to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

What really holds my attention is this: FreedomPop could save you a ton of money on your cell phone bill – over $1,000 a year.

It kills me to think that a cell phone could cost me nearly $30,000 over the next 20 years. That’s money that could go to my retirement account!

If you’re thinking about making the switch, don’t forget to check out FreedomPop’s offer for The Penny Hoarder readers. You might as well get $150 off an LG Volt LTE Smartphone — that’s a savings of 77% — and snap up a free trial of their Unlimited plan!

Sponsorship Disclosure: A huge thanks to FreedomPop for working with us to bring you this content. It’s rare that we have the opportunity to share something so awesome and get paid for it!

by Kyle Taylor
Kyle is the founder of ThePennyHoarder.com

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