FreedomPop alternatives & contingencies

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2 weeks 2 days ago #38152 by KentE
We don't know what's going to be offered via Red Pocket (for GSM) or Ting (CDMA). I'm planning on sticking around to see, but it's always useful to have some contingency plans in mind-- so I thought dedicated thread might be in order.

For those using a FreedomPop MiFi unit, this Net10 offer looks pretty good.
www.ebay.com/itm/NET10-ZTE-4G-No-Contract-Hotspot-with-10GB-of-Data-for-365-days/283216020718?epid=21012079906&hash=item41f0fd84ee:g:wusAAOSwJuZbx68I

This offer is only available through Tracfone's Ebay store.
$80 for a ZTE 291C hotspot and a 360 day plan with 10GB of data. (For the year). That works out to 833mb average per month, for $6.66/month. Seems like an attractive price.

Net10 uses all 4 networks: the model # with C suffix is typically used by the Tracfone Group to indicate Verizon network. I've sent an inquiry, and will update. (The ZTE 291 itself seems to be 3-carrier capable: AT&T, T-Mo, Vzw.-- but the Ebay listing doesn't allow you to choose between the networks.)

I also do not know if it's possible to move the SIM to a different device (i.e., a phone.).
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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #38153 by PEW
This one is very good but looks like we're already about half way into 2019.

www.nthcircle.com/forum/ting/2720-unlimited-t-t-20gb-for-20-month-through-2019

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2 weeks 2 days ago #38154 by Isamorph
Possibly a very short term (one month) solution is T Mobile $45 plan for $1. Must have a new unused T Mobile compatible sim card. Should work with tethering capable phones, but not sure about hotspots. Too bad one could not get a bundle of T Mobile sim cards and pay $1 a month using a new sim card every month for many months.

www.ebay.com/itm/1-00-1st-Mo-45-Plan-T-MOBILE-PREPAID-AIRTIME-ONLY-4GB-4G-LTE-DATA-01/183755113955?hash=item2ac8a885e3:g:KGsAAOSw~atb2kNE

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2 weeks 2 days ago #38162 by mmfacemm
Verizon postpaid has a 1gb data only standalone plan for $10 a month. For those looking for data only.
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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #38163 by sovashadow

mmfacemm wrote: Verizon postpaid has a 1gb data only standalone plan for $10 a month. For those looking for data only.

Redpocket has the same for ATT compatible devices www.redpocket.com/broadband
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2 weeks 13 hours ago #38205 by KentE
For those with a Sprint-network phone--
I'm going to wait to see what Ting's offer is, but Hello Mobile looks pretty good as a replacement.
The base plan is $5/mo for 250 minutes/unlimited text, 250 mb: OR 0 minutes/unlimited text/500mb
OR 500 minutes/unlimited text/0 data.

hellomobile.com/start/plans?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbSF2cPg4gIVBTxPCh3CHQjyEAEYASABEgI6XvD_BwE
(click of 'View More Plans').
2nd month is free right now.

FreedomPop has been problematic in the past with releasing phones, sometimes requiring Support assistance to get it done. If you wait for Ting to take control, this should be easy.

I do wonder about devices purchased from FreedomPop/Unreal. These are MEID-locked to FreedomPop, I think for 6 months. In an ideal world, these would all be unlocked from FreedomPop when transferred to Ting (or really anywhere else, now)-- but if that's FreedomPop's responsibility, it might not be smooth.

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2 weeks 6 hours ago #38218 by ghoul31
It seems like freeup is the best
unlimited calling, and 2gb a month for $20
And if you print out 7 coupons a day , you make $20 a month, so the service is free
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2 weeks 3 hours ago #38219 by mmfacemm
Tello now do 1gb for $6 (plus unlimited 2g data)

Or Unlimited talk, text and 1gb for $10
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2 weeks 3 hours ago #38220 by joseph

mmfacemm wrote: Tello now do 1gb for $6 (plus unlimited 2g data)

Or Unlimited talk, text and 1gb for $10


When did Tello drop their pricing to this?

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2 weeks 3 hours ago #38221 by Isamorph

joseph wrote:

mmfacemm wrote: Tello now do 1gb for $6 (plus unlimited 2g data)

Or Unlimited talk, text and 1gb for $10


When did Tello drop their pricing to this?


I got an email from Tello this morning announcing the new prices.

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