Discuss: Free Cellular Service

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August 1, 2014 at 06:00:54
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news of FreedomPop's free calling and 4G LTE data plans. Discuss here if you think cellular service fee structures are going to change dramatically in the future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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August 1, 2014 at 12:08:59
The text in the link that Justin provided states: "FreedomPop’s service is not available in all areas--there are some notable gaps around various parts of the country..."

I tried to see if my area is covered by using the form at:


I entered my zip code and a fake email address, in an attempt to avoid getting on their mailing list. The page responded with: "Please try another email address".

Ok, so they may actually be checking email addresses to see if they are valid.

I then entered a valid email address, one that I only use when I register for a site and have to receive an activation email. The page once again responded with "Please try another email address".

Since it won't accept my valid email address, and an email address shouldn't even be required just to find out if the service is available in a specific zip code, I am already less than impressed with their offering.

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August 3, 2014 at 12:13:17
I suspect that competition from prepaid services will drive down the cost of cellular service. I prefer to pay the cost of a phone up front and avoid the high monthly contract fees. A $100 monthly contract plan is generally available at $50/month for a comparable no-contract plan *from the same carrier*. With many no-contract plans you avoid paying taxes. Going the prepaid route can save you over $1000 over the life of a 2-year contract.


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August 7, 2014 at 11:21:57
Look into Republic Wireless. My kid just made the switch & loves it. I'm considering making the switch too. She got the $10/month plan because she's usually in wi-fi range for data, but I'll probably splurge for the $25/month plan.


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