Need to go back to my seventies phone stashed in the drawer and with landline service. Tired of all the rigamarole of these lying bs wannabe companies. Poorly run. An old saying goes “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
It is indeed a long time. I got it before finding RingPlus, so it's outlived RingPlus, CellNuvo, Surgephone, and perhaps FreeUP.
Too bad I've never found it a viable 'phone' for my needs. I do like having a little extra data available, perhaps on a tablet, for emergency hotspot use, or on the phone serving as GPS in my vehicle..
The truth is I always found the call quality very good, even using the FreedomPop app. (This can depend heavily on the particular phone you're using, though.). Reliability was where it fell down, and the absence of voicemail on the free plan.
I think using Google Voice instead of the FreedomPop calling app probably increases the reliability-- I've read thoughts both ways. (It definitely solves the voicemail issue.)
Either way, it can extend the minutes available on a traditional plan. When I'm running close, I'll use a FreedomPop SIM/VoIP for things like calling a service desk, help line, etc.
I am surprised to hear the free plan is gone on FreeUp being that I activated a SIM I had laying around for my spouse... with the free plan two days ago. Mind you its only 250 minutes. The goal was to have her keep an old number just in case someone calls there for now. The website correctly reads the free plan as well.