Freedom Pop is already changing the way consumers access the internet. They are an outside of the box company with interesting new tactics that are saving consumer’s big money on monthly expenses. I obviously applaud that. Right now the creative geniuses over at Freedom Pop have a free cell phone plan in the works set to launch later on this summer. The rumors are flying and the ingenious technology company is once again trying to disrupt the systems that are in place, posing threats to some of the largest and most powerful companies, all while saving us big money. Here’s what you need to know about this plan:
Only 200 talk minutes. BUT, here’s what I say to that: Who uses minutes anymore? We call these pieces of technology “smartphones” but what a poor definition that is. Smart devices would be more appropriate (or Coms, short for communicators). People are talking less and less on their devices and using them more and more for web, texting, e-commerce, taking pictures, etc. If you are, however, someone that loves to talk on their phone or absolutely needs more minutes, unlimited calling will be offered for the rock bottom price of $10 a month. That prices is so low it makes me want to cry tears of joy!
Free unlimited text messaging. What else is there to say? Freedom Pop is offering unlimited free texting with this plan. Utterly amazing.
Free 500 text messages. Unlimited must have been too much to promise. They’ve reduced their free allotment of text messages to 500. They’re still free though!
500 mb of data. This is where Freedom Pop is going to be able to make some extra money from you (but lets face it, you are at a maximum of $10 a month right now so don’t start freaking out). 500 mb of data could quite easily be an issue for you because as we just referenced, we are using more and more data on our Coms (it rolls off the tongue so much easier). There are also ways, like with their Hub Burst home internet system, to earn more free data by referring friends and taking surveys. Freedom Pop is also saying that you’ll be able to pay more for additional data every month if you don’t want to bother with earning more on your own, but that will cost an additional $18-29.
There’s also an added benefit of free calling between Freedom Pop users. So make sure all your friends, family, and coworkers sign up, then you won’t have to fork out that extra $10 every month for the unlimited calling feature.
The specifics of the phone are up in the air. You’ll probably pay full price for the phone which, if history is any indicator, will be in the range of $200 to $300. I’m imagining that it won’t be at the forefront of technology – probably a two or three generation old Android phone. But, the possibility of a free plan could certainly make up for those shortcomings – at least for me.
The release is here and the phone specs are out! This new phone only costs $99 for early adopters. The price will go up to $149 shortly. The cell phone technology is a couple of years old but still solid with 4G compatibility.
Takeaway: Changes in the cell phone industry are happening as rapidly as facelifts in Hollywood. Therefore, don’t sign another contract with your cellphone provider unless you have some perks that you just can’t do away with yet. You don’t want to be stuck for another two years as the competition in this industry heats up and the prices sink like Facebook’s IPO.
Anyone going to sign up for free cell phone service from Freedom Pop? I would love to hear your feedback if you test it out!
[photo courtesy of Alan]