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FreedomPop offers FreedomPop 3-In-1 4G LTE SIM Kit + Unlimited Talk & Text w/ 2GB Data Trial + Premier Plus Service Trial on sale for $0.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Jbh98

Note, you will be charged $32.98 at the beginning of your next subscription period if you decide not to cancel or downgrade the service. You can opt to downgrade to the 100% Free Basic Plan at any time which offers 200 Minutes Talk + 500 SMS Texts + 200MB LTE data/month.

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  • 3-In-1 Domestic 4G LTE SIM Kit
  • Premium 2GB LTE Unlimited Trial
    • Includes Unlimited Talk & Text + 2GB LTE Data/mo.
      • Free for first month, then $24.99 thereafter
  • FreedomPop Premium Plus Trial
    • Free for first month, then $7.99 thereafter
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Get 100% Free talk, text, and 4G LTE data nationwide in the US with the FreedomPop 4G LTE 3-in-1 4G SIM. Works with any unlocked GSM Android or iOS smartphone.

Link [freedompop.com]

100% Free Talk, Text, & Data w/ the LTE 3-in-1 SIM Kit from FreedomPop

Nationwide 4G LTE 3-in-1 Sim Card Kit ($15.00 value)
Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB 4G LTE Data Trial ($24.99/mo value)
Premium Plus Trial ($7.99/mo value)
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Features:

Compatible with most unlocked GSM phones
Works on Nationwide 4G LTE Network
Free Basic Plan: 200 mins, 500 texts & 200MB/mo
No contract. No commitment. Cancel anytime.
Free unlimited calling & texting between FreedomPop Phones
WiFi calling and texting from anywhere
Get a new phone number or keep your own
Free international calling from over 60 countries
Earn additional free data every month by adding friends
Earn unlimited free data by completing partner offers
FreedomPop service currently only supports Android and Apple devices running Android 4.0+ and iOS 7.0+
Sim ships activated
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Last Edited by headlinenews October 16, 2017 at 07:08 AM
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Freedompop no longer let you downgrade WITHOUT adding $5 to the account.

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WARNING: It is recommended that you do a search for and thoroughly read an online guide to the FreedomPop SIM products. Failing to understand the ins and outs of this deal will likely result in unexpected charges.

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Previous threads on the US LTE SIM:
* https://slickdeals.net/f/9723468-freedompop-3-in-1-4g-lte-sim-kit-w-unlimited-talk-text-2gb-data-trial-2-free-shipping
* https://slickdeals.net/f/9654932-freedompop-3-in-1-gsm-lte-sim-4-99-tax-free-shipping-was-1-99-for-a-couple-of-hours
Additional info and review:
* ttp://www.cranialborborygmus.com/FreedomPop-LTE-gsm-sim-review.htm

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This isn't a traditional voice/text/data plan. Voice service and texts are provided VOIP over the data network using the FreedomPop app, not over the traditional voice network like other cell carriers.

FP's so called voice and text service is actually uses data thru VOIP and you have to use their battery hogging VOIP app. Their VOIP plan is only 200 minutes and 500 texts. There are better VOIP providers such as Google's Hangouts app+ free Google voice service for unlimited talk + text VOIP services. Like FP's VOIP service, Google voice VOIP assigns you a number.

If you are using the phone in areas with poor data service, it will have poor voice service. You can alternatively use Google Voice (or other services). GVoice users: Your proxy is international so make sure you dial (+1) first.

To make sure that voice calls work:
In the Freedompop app, go to the Menu (top left corner), scroll down and click on [Sync Account Data].

What happens if I go over the limit?
For data over use, an auto charge of $15 will apply to your card at .02$/mb. For the 200 minutes talk or 200 text, your account will suspends until next billing cycle.

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Do ALL THREE to get free service (but make sure your SIM is activated properly before downgrading):
Plan: Change to Free Basic Plan [freedompop.com]
Services: Downgrade from Premier [freedompop.com]
Confirm: Downgrade AGAIN [freedompop.com]
Important Note: Not following the confirm step can lead to a $7.99 charge. There is a web glitch that makes it sort of difficult to fully remove the Premier feature. See matt314159's post here for additional instructions on how to ensure it's really gone

Note that you may also want to consider ending automatic top-ups, and that will cost $5. Otherwise FreedomPop WILL charge you auto top-up ($15) after you downgrade when you are within 100MB of your limit. The additional data costs 2cent/Mb. To do this, visit the Billing->Billing Settings, or click this link (make sure you log in): https://www.freedompop.com/billing_settings.htm and the Automatic Top-Up is at the bottom of the page.

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FreedomPop Friends thread: Here you can add up to 500Mb data to your limit by adding 10 (or more as back up) friends.
https://slickdeals.net/f/5276432-freedompop-friends
PS: You can buy multiple SIMs (same address/CC) but using different emails accounts would let you add new friends (thus have additional 500Mb data). See Q5 below.

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1. What's the deal?
Get 100% FREE Talk, Text, & 4G LTE w/GSM 3-in-1 Sim - Only $0.99 + ONE month Free Trial of our Premium 2GB 4G LTE service with this EXCLUSIVE DEAL! This promo also comes with FREE Shipping!

Nationwide 4G LTE 3-in-1 Sim Card Kit ($15 value)
Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB 4G LTE Data Trial ($24.99/mo value)
Premium Plus Trial ($7.99/mo value)
Free Shipping
Only, $0.99!

2A. Any monthly charge?
The Premium GSM 4G LTE 2GB plan has a free trial for the first month and $24.99/mo afterwards. The add-on Service Premium Plus also comes with a trial of the first month and $7.99/mo afterwards You can downgrade anytime before your new month starts and make it effectively free! There is NO contract, NO commitment, cancel anytime!

2B. How do I ensure I don't get charged at all? Nothing as in NADA!
  • Use a virtual credit card (BOA or Citi cards) when setting up FP account. Set a $6 limit on the VCC (test authorization that drops off has been raised to $5)
  • After signup, immediately downgrade to basic free voice, remove the Premium services, disable premium voice and disable voicemail. Don't wait until 30 days is over- you WILL forget Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) (see links at the beginning of wiki)
  • Add 10 FP friends to get additional 500MB- see thread https://slickdeals.net/f/5276432-freedompop-friends
  • Your downgraded plan with have 200MB + 500MB more if you add 10 FP friends.
  • Use Google Voice for VOIP unlimited talk and text with hangouts dialer app, CSIPmobile, or any other VOIP client for voice and texting needs.
  • If you choose to use FP battery hogging VOIP app, you will have 200 minutes and 500 texts. FP is in reality a data only company. Not a text and talk provider over native 2G networks like every other cell carrier out there. You are better off using Hangouts + Google voice for unlimited talk + text VOIP services.
  • Close your virtual credit card so no charges go through.
  • Add the free Global 100 VOIP plan to your account to make free VOIP international calls to 50+ countries. You can use FP VOIP app to make these international calls or use another VOIP app like CsipSimple if you can extract your FP VOIP credentials- https://forum.xda-developers.com/...?t=2595081

3. Do I need to activate it?
It will arrive to you already activated

4. What network does FreedomPop use?
This exclusive promotion runs off ONLY Nationwide 4G LTE GSM Network, 100% Free 4G LTE Internet can be yours with our basic FREE plan!
This is based on the AT&T network. Connection is fast but as for any service providers, that is based on the location.

Note: There is another SIM card called "Global SIM" (international GSM) that FreedomPop offers. That one is using the 3G data; thus a bit slower and ping times are longer. This one is better for USA use.


5. Why does my second account share and receive data?
Secondary accounts currently do not have the functionality to share and receive data with your FreedomPop friends. If this is a problem and you need to send and receive data to a global sim account, we advise you to purchase this deal through a new email account. Please make sure to LOG OUT of your current freedompop account and use a new email address when signing up for this deal. In other words, don't buy another SIM from the same account (ignore the 2nd SIM offer) .

6. If I signed up for a paid plan or trial, how do I downgrade it?
You can downgrade your plans/trials directly on your FreedomPop account page (better use the links above, if you are novice).

7. Have an Account or Billing Issue?
We encourage all our users to come to us first to see if we can explain any charge or resolve any billing issue before further escalation.

8. Customer Support:
You can contact us at http://www.freedompop.com/contact or You can also get 24/7 help from our community experts on our FreedomPop Forums - http://forums.freedompop.com

9. APN Configuration:
I could not get the data connection to work till I Googled and found that I needed to configure an APN using fp.com.attz -
Android APN (Access Point Name) Configuration for the LTE SIM [freedompop.com]

10. Is this a scam? Is FP business model commercially viable? What if they go bankrupt or shutdown like RingPlus?
Although Freedompop's conversion rate from free to paying customers is in the high double digits, the revenue is not enough to sustain their expenses, especially with the upfront costly expansions to Spain, UK, and Mexico (not to mention the "free" 8GB microSD cards and selfie sticks for US customers). What is keeping the FP afloat and expanding is VC and strategic funding- over $109M to date. FP is now trying to monetize its upsell platform, resulting in its first licensing revenue agreement with Hutchinson Wind.

Had the RingPlus ringback advoice model been successful- RingPlus could have made a similar play on licensing. However, RP never attracted any major VC capital and seed investment not to mention RingPlus's Karl Seelig doesn't have the VC/ M&A connections or the fame like FP's founders Stephen Stokol/ Niklas zennström. Therefore the RingPlus gravy train ended the way it was.

If you look at FP founders' Stokol's/ Zennstrom's history and background, the playbook of FP is pretty clear. Build a large sub customer base (whether of not these are active or not) at the lowest cost (cheap sim cards with free gifts like microSD cards or selfie sticks) and then sell the company for a tidy billion dollar plus valuation.

Yes FP losses are in the low millions annually but they have $100M in raised capital so they can afford to run at a loss for many more years. Each time they ship a package with the SIM card it costs them around $8 - $10 in 3rd party logistics fulfillment and shipping costs, not to factor in the costs of the free gifts. There's no way $0.99 or $0.01 cost to you or me covers those costs.

This is called "new customer acquisition" costs in finance. This is no different from Snapchat which has been running $400M - $600M in losses every year but can afford to do so thanks to their $2.7B war chest raised thus far prior to its IPO.

FP's most recent international expansion efforts will be less a drag on profitability as these expansion expenses will shared with their partners (Dish Mexico for the Mexican expansion, Axiata for later Asian expansion) unlike their UK and Spain expansion.

With regards to return on investment for investors, the question is not whether it will happen but when and how much of a price Freedompop will fetch. There were already serious acquisition talks with Intel which fell through a year ago. M&A and VC activity is already starting to pick up in the US and around the world given the low interest envionment so I wouldn't be surprised that some telco/ technology company (a la Microsoft's $8.5B purchase of Skype)/ VC fund (a la Masayoshi Son's SoftBank $100B Vision Fund) would pick up Freedompop for several hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Beg? From what I've read from people's post. You inform them, they apologize, refund your money and then make sure it doesn't happen again.
Do you work for FreedomPOP?

How do you know "it doesn't happen again"?
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Well a ringplus account I gave my mom has some odd person's name on it... probably the owner of the number previously. So that's not always true.
You're right, they all do offer the service to receive caller ID name at extra cost through an app. I didn't think it works without an app, but I saw Google offers it for free through the stock Android dialer.

Usually you have to set the caller ID name through the carrier. If there is no option for it (and I don't see one in FP), people have had luck changing it on this site:
http://www.listyourself.net/listing.jsp

Supposedly that site can update all CNAM databases.
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Do you work for FreedomPOP?

How do you know "it doesn't happen again"?
I don't work for FP. Just a customer with 12 accounts/devices.

My LTE SIM ordered in Feb and just renewed yesterday => Not a penny charged.

In fact they never charged me a penny by mistakes over the last 3.5 years.
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I don't have time to look through all the comments of this 26-page thread, but one thing a lot of you might find helpful if it hasn't already been mentioned is that they currently have a website glitch that will leave the premium service on your account even after you remove it. It will appear to be gone but you'll still get billed. This was first documented by Steve at his review [cranialborborygmus.com] and I confirmed that as of 3/9, the glitch is still happening.

The way to check for this if you have the LTE sim (the link is available already through your dashboard if you have a sprint plan but doesn't show for the LTE sims for some reason) is to log into your account and then paste the following url into your browser and look to see if it's listed there: https://www.freedompop.com/acct_overview.htm

If it still shows the premium service there, then you need to click 'view details' and cancel it again. THEN, go back to the URL and confirm. I had to do mine a few times before it finally took it off for real. This happened today on two different accounts.

This is likely the cause of the problem where people complain about being billed even when they downgraded both the plan and services.

Hope that helps. I hope it's not too presumptuous but I added a link to this post in the wiki.
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I don't work for FP. Just a customer with 12 accounts/devices.

My LTE SIM ordered in Feb and just renewed yesterday => Not a penny charged.

In fact they never charged me a penny by mistakes over the last 3.5 years.
I used Global SIM and max free data was 1.2gb monthly, however, for the new LTE SIM, it is only 1gb, is it common?
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Buyer beware:

I downgraded my two phone plans to the free plan before the trail ran out. I was fraudulently charged 27.99 for one plan, and 31.99 for the other. (they were the same exact trial so the difference in price makes less sense than why I was charged.) This is not, as stated above, a website problem because I downgraded and removed services on the phone app.

They have made no response to my support ticket and I will have to dispute the charge through my bank. This plus the poor service and horrible apps you have to use (the dialer they force you to use is horrible and works less than 50% of the time.) makes this "deal" worthless. I highly advise not giving this company your payment information. If you are going to do the deal, use a pre paid card with only a few dollars on it, that way they can't fraudulently charge you as they have done to so many others. A little googling shows you how bad this company is, they clearly make their money defrauding their customers.
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Beg? From what I've read from people's post. You inform them, they apologize, refund your money and then make sure it doesn't happen again.
I have submitted two support tickets, made a post on the forums, and sent them a message here. They have made zero response and I will have to dispute it with my card company. If you do some searching you'll see this is very common and seems to be how they do business.
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I don't work for FP. Just a customer with 12 accounts/devices.

My LTE SIM ordered in Feb and just renewed yesterday => Not a penny charged.

In fact they never charged me a penny by mistakes over the last 3.5 years.
When did you sign up your LTE SIM account?

Many folks signed up last month got a surprise bill of $7.99.
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When did you sign up your LTE SIM account?

Many folks signed up last month got a surprise bill of $7.99.
That's due to their website glitch I mentioned a few posts up. It seems kinda sketchy to me, almost like a "well, we'll fix that problem...when we get to it" while in the meantime they rake in the fees and refund only those who ask. They've known about it since January and it's still not fixed.
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I have submitted two support tickets, made a post on the forums, and sent them a message here. They have made zero response and I will have to dispute it with my card company. If you do some searching you'll see this is very common and seems to be how they do business.
Call the main number (see home page), select the sales option, and ask for Billing.
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That's due to their website glitch I mentioned a few posts up. It seems kinda sketchy to me, almost like a "well, we'll fix that problem...when we get to it" while in the meantime they rake in the fees and refund only those who ask. They've known about it since January and it's still not fixed.
This kind of business practice (if true) should be shut down by the FCC.

I'll file a complain with the FCC.
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When did you sign up your LTE SIM account?

Many folks signed up last month got a surprise bill of $7.99.
Feb 4th.
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I used Global SIM and max free data was 1.2gb monthly, however, for the new LTE SIM, it is only 1gb, is it common?
Those 5x100MB you shown seems normal as you only get 5x100MB max for data gifted from friends.
Check to make sure the 50MB/Friends was added properly.
It happened two times for me such that when I accept friend's requests .... some glitch happens and I do not get the 50MB after accepting it. I checked right away so I know what happened but no idea why.
This only affects the first billing period. Next billing period comes and all 10x50MB showed up again correctly.
Just my experience and these issues happened last year and it is random. One friend also has that happened once.
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Feb 4th.
You signed up on Feb. 4th and got renewed (w/o $7.99 charge) yesterday 3/8?

Your 1st month: 2/4 to 3/8?
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Hi..I registered and exactly followed the steps to go for free service and even then I see charges posted

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