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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Useful & Free Survival Hacks: Free Internet/Phone, Gardening, Homesteading, More

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"I suppose it is because nearly all children go to
school nowadays and have things arranged for them that
they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas."
-- Agatha Christie


For Those who read our posts often, you know we’re always seeking new ways for you to save money…here’s a service I ran across which might prove useful to you!

FreedomPop, a free wireless internet and mobile phone service, just might be the ticket. But as you know, free usually – and ironically – comes with a non-monetary cost. So is it right for you?

FreedomPop does indeed offer free mobile phone and internet service. Here are the free services we found on their website:

·         Home Internet (1GB Basic Plan): 1GB (ideal for basic web surfing and email, $0.01/MB for extra data)

·         Mobile Phone (Basic Plan): 200 Voice Minutes, 500 Text Messages, 500MB Data ($0.025/MB for extra data)

·         On The Go Internet (Basic 500MB): 500MB (great for Facebook and email, $0.02/MB for extra data)

They also offer pricing plans for faster speeds and more data for larger appetites. Here are the top-tier plans we found:

·         Home Internet (Fastest 10GB): $18.99/month for 10GB and 12Mbps (ideal for photo sharing, gaming, and video streaming; $0.007/MB for extra data)

·         Mobile Phone (Unlimited Talk/Text): $10.99/month for Unlimited Voice and Text and 500MB of Data ($0.025/MB for extra data)

·         On The Go Internet (Premiere 4GB): $28.99/month for 4GB (great for Facebook and YouTube, $0.01/MB for extra data)

Some of the higher tier plans have free trials, check FreedomPop’s website for details. These prices are also subject to change, so be advised! Another consideration is phone pricing. Prices for FreedomPop’s are fairly reasonable, but don’t expect any mind-blowing deals like you might find when signing up for a contracted plan. The phones we found on FreedomPop’s website ranged from $119 to $399.

Data Speed

FreedomPop partners with Sprint to provide its customers with wireless service. Unfortunately, Sprint isn’t very impressive when it comes to data speeds. According to, Sprint comes in 4th place for average U.S. 4G download speeds when competing with T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. Sprint comes in 3rd place for average U.S. 3G download speeds when competing with the same. If you’re on T-Mobile or AT&T, or perhaps even Verizon, don’t expect similar download speeds when switching to FreedomPop.


If internet speed is important to you, stick with T-Mobile or AT&T. Granted, if you’re not streaming video, you may not even notice much of a difference between the carriers. But if you love YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu, it’s probably best to find a better solution for you than FreedomPop, and not just because of slower download speeds . . .



Data Limits

You may have noticed that FreedomPop has data “limits” on some of their plans. While they’re not really limits (as far as we can tell), they do start charging you extra once you’ve met your plan’s monthly allotted data amount. Families generally use a lot of data. It’s not surprising to see families use over 50GB at home for their internet service – and some use much more. That can add up. Again, if you’re streaming video, you’re going to want truly unlimited home internet service. You don’t want to have to worry about how many Netflix movies you’re watching. On the mobile phone side of things, 500MB isn’t much. Many individuals are using somewhere around 2GB per month.



FreedomPop has a limited, but nice selection of smartphones. We found the Samsung Victory 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the iPhone 5. All these phones were refurbished – probably to keep the prices down. They also have a number of on-the-go and home-based devices for connecting to the internet. Occasionally, you’ll see these devices go on sale for a bargain.



FreedomPop has decent coverage, but it’s a good idea to check your area to see if service is available – you can do so by visiting FreedomPop’s website and entering your zip code. As previously mentioned, FreedomPop uses Sprint’s network, which when compared to the other three major carriers, doesn’t have as much coverage.


Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a low-cost or no-cost mobile phone or internet service, FreedomPop is worth a look. It’s a fantastic option for those looking to save some money who don’t need premium internet service. Don’t get rid of your existing services until you’ve had a chance to try FreedomPop for yourself.



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1 comment:

escapeartist said...

Always an interesting read-thanks!