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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Freedom Pop cuts its rates

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By Clark Howard

ClarkHoward.com


It seems like every week brings another rate cut on smartphone service. Here’s the latest round of price drops that can save you big bucks.  

There’s a very controversial cell provider called Freedom Pop that launched new rate plans today.

I should preface this by noting that some of the things people are saying about them on my message boards are far from nice. Simply search keyword 'freedompop' when you click over to the boards, and then judge the merits of what’s being said for yourself.

Freedom Pop offers a freemium service. You buy any of a variety of Androids with prices all over the place (starting at around $99) and typically get 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 500 MB of data per month for free.

But now there are 3 new tiers of pricing:

  • If you’re willing to prepay for 2 years of service, you’ll pay $110 upfront for unlimited talk and text (no data) for the next 24 months. That’s about $4 a month!
  • If 2 years makes you skittish, you can pay $80 for 12 months of unlimited calling and text, plus 500 MB of data per month. That works out to be about $7 a month!
  • Still not willing to pay a fledgling company like Freedom Pop upfront? Then you can always go month to month and pay $11 for unlimited talk and text, plus 500 MB of data.

These offers make FreedomPop just about the cheapest smartphone plan in America -- except for Scratch Wireless!

With Scratch Wireless, you buy a Motorola Photon Q for $269. Then you get free texting, data, and voice minutes when you're near wifi.

If you're not near wifi, you simply buy a pass for $15 a month that lets you get cellular service for voice and another pass for data. (Texting remains free and unlimited all the time, no matter whether you're on wifi or a cellular network.)

Scratch Wireless can be perfect for a parent who wants their child to have a smartphone. Teens and tweens are always near wifi. And you can always reach them by text thanks to the free and unlimited service that doesn't require wifi.

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