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I want to isolate FreedomPop onto a prepaid gift card, just in case. But which one?

13 10 January 21, 2018 at 10:29 AM
Okay, so I'm reading the FreedomPop For Dummies doc [cranialborborygmus.com] and it looks pretty good, but I know better than to trust those folks. Fool me twice, and all.

So what I'd like to do is use a gift-card or prepaid debit-card thing, put like $20 onto it, and let FreedomPop latch onto that, so if they suck it dry, my damage is limited. I'm just having trouble picking a card.

I want:
  • No monthly maintenance fee.
  • Obtain the "card" online, hopefully without a bunch of ID.
  • Check the card balance and view transaction history online.
  • Reloadable would be nice.

I don't care about:
  • Having a physical card.
  • Fees for getting the card. I'm OK paying a few bucks up front.
  • Mobile apps, budgeting tools, or any other services.

It looks like the Visa eGift card is nearly ideal, but it's not reloadable. Barring any better suggestions, I'll go with that. But I figured I'd query the hivemind here...what would you use? Thanks in advance!

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My experience is that FP is that they seem to have gotten wise to prepaid cards. They stopped accepting my prepaid visa gift cards, but prepaid Amex gift cards still worked as of a couple of months ago.

Reloadable gift cards will require some kind of identification/ssn to register in the US, I'm not sure if there are any exceptions. Something about feds tracking money laundering. There are usually labeled as prepaid debit cards.

Visa/mastercard/Amex that are not Reloadable are labeled gift cards.

Historically, I've bought gift cards with cash at my grocery / drug store, they usually have a $5-6 fee plus the balance.
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Oh, interesting! Last time I played with FP ~2 years ago, it was because I had a Visa gift card I'd won in a raffle, and decided that made it safe enough to tinker with The Masters Of Sneaky Fees(tm). Definitely good to know they're not being accepted anymore!
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Okay, so I'm reading the FreedomPop For Dummies doc [cranialborborygmus.com] and it looks pretty good, but I know better than to trust those folks. Fool me twice, and all.

So what I'd like to do is use a gift-card or prepaid debit-card thing, put like $20 onto it, and let FreedomPop latch onto that, so if they suck it dry, my damage is limited. I'm just having trouble picking a card.

I want:
  • No monthly maintenance fee.
  • Obtain the "card" online, hopefully without a bunch of ID.
  • Check the card balance and view transaction history online.
  • Reloadable would be nice.

I don't care about:
  • Having a physical card.
  • Fees for getting the card. I'm OK paying a few bucks up front.
  • Mobile apps, budgeting tools, or any other services.

It looks like the Visa eGift card is nearly ideal, but it's not reloadable. Barring any better suggestions, I'll go with that. But I figured I'd query the hivemind here...what would you use? Thanks in advance!

Wise thinking, as you should be very careful when dealing with those people.
I purchase a refurbished phone in December that stated was "Grade A". It arrived with a detached screen. I mentioned it on SD and the Freedompop Customer Service approached me to help me replace the phone.
I gave him all the phone information and my account was reset to the point when you initially order a phone, that you can only see the order status on the screen and don't have access to anything else, so I though the account had been deactivated.
But surprise! I was charged a $27.98 fee later on which I talked about with the FP representative. He told me the fee would be refunded when I downgraded the account. I told him that I didn't have access anymore and he mentioned having to charge me $10 for downgrading it.
At this point I was very frustrated and told him that they shouldn't charge me anything because they had sent me a broken phone and had limited my access to the account. He said that the charge would be disputed.
Next thing I know, they blocked my service for another phone that I also pay with that card. It stated that my credit card charge was being disputed and I didn't have service or something similar. It lasted at least a few hours after I realized it but then was fixed.
Well, today I noticed there is an upcoming charge of $27.98 on my account, so they are charging me AGAIN and I still don't have the phone back.
So at this point, I still don't have a phone and have been charged TWICE for a service I am not using, and don't even have the access to downgrade or cancel the service.
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Oh, interesting! Last time I played with FP ~2 years ago, it was because I had a Visa gift card I'd won in a raffle, and decided that made it safe enough to tinker with The Masters Of Sneaky Fees(tm). Definitely good to know they're not being accepted anymore!
It could be a case of YMMV. I opened several lines using 2-3 Visa GC's from the same brand (can't remember who it was now); but the last time I tried to use the same brand card, it didn't accept it - said it wasn't valid. But it accepted my Amex GC. So - I'm just speculating that they're trying to cease accepting the GC's; but it could be that they blacklisted a certain vendor's card, or maybe I'd just used that one too many times.

I think it wouldn't hurt to pick up with with the smallest balance you can get away with on it; bearing in mind that they will charge you $5 to downgrade to free now; and you might want to have a LITTLE overhead on the card for potential $0.99 monthly charges or maybe a top up. If they don't accept it, you can still spend the $, and just be out the $5 GC fee.

Alternately; an option /might/ be to get an AmEx Bluebird (prepaid debit) card; you'll have to register it with your SSN, but there aren't any monthly fees, and I don't think you HAVE to link it to any other funding source; it would eventually run dry before they could charge you too much - but you might be limited in how many BB cards you can get/how often this would work for you. it's free to get one, and has no monthly fees.
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Okay, so I'm reading the FreedomPop For Dummies doc [cranialborborygmus.com] and it looks pretty good, but I know better than to trust those folks. Fool me twice, and all.

So what I'd like to do is use a gift-card or prepaid debit-card thing, put like $20 onto it, and let FreedomPop latch onto that, so if they suck it dry, my damage is limited. I'm just having trouble picking a card.

I want:
  • No monthly maintenance fee.
  • Obtain the "card" online, hopefully without a bunch of ID.
  • Check the card balance and view transaction history online.
  • Reloadable would be nice.

I don't care about:
  • Having a physical card.
  • Fees for getting the card. I'm OK paying a few bucks up front.
  • Mobile apps, budgeting tools, or any other services.

It looks like the Visa eGift card is nearly ideal, but it's not reloadable. Barring any better suggestions, I'll go with that. But I figured I'd query the hivemind here...what would you use? Thanks in advance!
Look into the Akimbo (MasterCard). https://akimbocard.com/
The card has no fees (as long as you use it once every few months). It's re-loadable. via direct deposit, free via Paypal, or at the store (for a fee). Check balance online. They are very good about answering questions. I've had a card for years and have had zero problems.
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