Our family is a long time Republic Wireless user and we have 4 phones on our Republic Wireless account.
We like to see what’s out there and today I came across an article about how FreedomPop released a free plan using AT&T’s network. It was 2 dollars for the Sim card so I ordered one.
After the free trial period, the user gets 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500 MB of data for free each month.
(It’s my understanding that voice calls on FreedomPop use the carriers’ data network for calls rather than the carriers’ voice system - unless you upgrade to their Premium Voice plan which I guess is extra.)
I have an extra GSM phone lying around so I plan to use that when the SIM card arrives.
Looking at their paid plans, they have a plan for 12.99 a month that has unlimited talk and text with 500 MB of Data per month. This only includes basic texts. MMS texts are 1.99 more a month.
So why did I do this if I’m a long time Republic Wireless user? Mostly out of curiosity and experimentation.
I’m on the $10.00 1.0 (talk and text only with NO data) plan with my Moto X and it would really be nice to have a little bit of Data so I can receive messages from apps such as Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts & Signal while I’m not connected to Wi-Fi.
So, if FreedomPop works out, I could have 500 MB of data with unlimited talk and text on FreedomPop for $15 where I would only get unlimited talk and text and NO data on RW’s 3.0 plan for the same price. It’s the data I’m after.
However, there’s the “hassle factor” associated with using another carrier.
Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes.