FreedomPop Offers Free Voice, Data, and Text

It's hard to beat free, and with FreedomPop, you get it all for free: 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500MB of data per month. If you want more, you can sign up for an inexpensive plan starting at $5 per month. 

The service uses the Sprint network, so you'd want to make sure they have coverage in your area. FreedomPop has been around a while, but according to a detailed report on Re/code, has only now announced they will begin offering service for the iPhone. You can buy a refurbished iPhone 5 from FreedomPop for $349 to use with their service, or you can bring over a Sprint iPhone 4 or 4s. Their voice service uses VoIP, meaning that your call is placed via the cellular data network. And that means you'll get the best quality if you use an LTE iPhone 5 with their service.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.