I’ve looked around here and I can find discussions about FreedomPop as a phone or hotspot provider. But I haven’t seen anything yet as a home internet provider. So I need some advice, please.
I want to fire AT&T. I have DSL but they want me to change to uVerse. Of course they’re offering a low rate, monetary incentives and to stop innundating me with phone calls, emails, snail mail and billing intrusions if I’ll just switch - for the first year. But I’ve had it with them. They over-charge and when you call to complain, profess ignorance and a small refund. And I think everyone knows (but if not …) that if you threaten to leave, they’ll offer you 6 or 12 months of lower rates. If you actually do leave, they’ll send you even better offers. But be that as it may, the back story is not the issue.
I realized that I was paying way too much for communications portals. That’s one reason that I joined RW. And I have never looked back - RW is just that good. I can’t say enough good things about Republic Wireless. Especially when you compare the service and the company (the employees and the consumers!) to some of the other companies out there.
So what I plan to do is this: move my home phone number to Google Voice. (that’s a whole lot more involved, but part of the story.) Keep RW cell - maybe including that number in GV later. Now all I need to do is find a good, inexpensive, reliable and ethical company to provide home internet for my computer, laptop and RW Moto X phone. I don’t use cable TV (I use NetFlix). I THINK this is all I need and it should all work together.
I’d like to hear about any experiences with FreedomPop if any of you use it for home internet. I was thinking of ordering the Hub Burst. I went through the initial page where you give them your zip and email - which I thought was fishy. Then they wanted a street address - I gave them something local. Then they immediately sent me to a page that listed phones and other devices. I had no idea what I wanted and they didn’t make it easy to figure out either. But after many days (and many emails from them offering lots of goodies if I’d just sign up) I thought I had decided. I did read a lot of caveats in RV discussions about how shady the site seemed (I was having the same experience) and I even got to the ordering page before I backed out. I did run into the OK v. No thanks on some offers that are worded in such a way you think you need them. I did see on the ordering page more places where I could remove checks in boxes for things I didn’t want or need. And I did read lots of reviews, including Clark Howard.
To me it just seemed a little like a desperate company trying to make a buck and still offer something everyone in his right (penny-pinching) mind would want. Since they’ve raised their prices a couple of times recently, maybe things will get better.
So, bottom line. I’d still like to go with FreedomPop - IF it will work with RW phone and IF the company is on the up-and-up because the price is just that good - $22 for 10GB per month. I assume that includes taxes, fees, and surcharges but who knows? I know I currently use about 6GB of data every month - and that’s just for the computer and laptop.
BTW, another home phone provider I researched was OOMA. That sounded great too - free! They promise the only thing you pay for after the initial purchase of the device are the taxes and fees - in my case, less than $5/month. If anyone has read this far and has any opinion, I’d love to hear. Though I should probably start another question/discussion about OOMA and Google Voice when I’m ready to do that.
So thanks everyone for your help! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.