Changes to Freedompop free plans

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1 year 2 weeks ago #21 by phone_nerd
Just logged into my FP account today and noticed my data for both of my SIMs shows 200MB as opposed to 250MB even though I still have at least 10 people on my freedom friends list. So came here to see what was going on and read the sad news. Glad that I still have my FreeUp SIM.

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1 year 2 weeks ago #22 by KentE

Just logged into my FP account today and noticed my data for both of my SIMs shows 200MB as opposed to 250MB even though I still have at least 10 people on my freedom friends list. So came here to see what was going on and read the sad news. Glad that I still have my FreeUp SIM.


I've looked at our accounts, but was so focused on looking for a notification about the new SIMs that it didn't occur to me to look at the friends bonus.

Just looked, on 2 accounts, with the last one renewing on the 2nd. The 2 accounts both show the friends bonus.

By chance, did you have to recently click through to bring your line out of hibernation? I think if this happens, the friends bonus disappears for the current cycle, but should return on the next renewal.

I'm guessing that the friends bonus might go away when the old style SIMs are decommissioned. Fingers crossed on that one. (Another question I didn't previously think of.....)
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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #23 by phone_nerd


By chance, did you have to recently click through to bring your line out of hibernation? I think if this happens, the friends bonus disappears for the current cycle, but should return on the next renewal.

I'm guessing that the friends bonus might go away when the old style SIMs are decommissioned. Fingers crossed on that one. (Another question I didn't previously think of.....)



Yea (derp me), that's what it was. Hopefully they do keep the friends bonus, as 25MB is pretty much useless. I mostly use it on the rare occasion the home Internet connection goes out. I really wish there was a dirt-cheap low-speed unlimited mobile data plan out there.

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1 year 2 weeks ago #24 by ZZWang
Unlimited wifi calling doesn’t mean unlimited Volte calling. Is my understanding correct?

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1 year 2 weeks ago #25 by KentE

Unlimited wifi calling doesn’t mean unlimited Volte calling. Is my understanding correct?


Your understanding is the same as mine: wish we had someone with the new SIM to test and confirm!
(The FreedomPop FAQ and plan details specifically refer to WiFi calling, and don't mention VoLTE at all.)

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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #26 by idanth

I agree, and have stated both in the post you partially quote and in an earlier post, that AT&T WiFi compatibility is required to use the 'unlimited' WiFi calling feature. This does imply that the phone likely must also support VoLTE in order to support WiFi capability, since I'm unaware of a phone model that supports AT&T WiFi calling while not supporting AT&T VoLTE.

But until evidence indicates otherwise, there does not appear to be a requirement to have AT&T VoLTE or WiFi calling in order to activate a SIM/plan and use the other features of the plan. You just won't be able to take advantage of the unlijmited WiFI calling without it..


You will be able to activate new SIM on any 3G GSM phone, but without Wi-Fi calling compatible phone new free premium plan will be not usable (except occasional sms verifications).

After 02/2020 you will be required to use VoLTE compatible phone (general requirements for AT&T and AT&T MVNOs SIM cards/users).

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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #27 by idanth

Unlimited wifi calling doesn’t mean unlimited Volte calling. Is my understanding correct?


Correct.
VoLTE calls are regular calls over LTE. After AT&T 3G shutdown on 02/2020 VoLTE will be the only option.

Wi-Fi calling is voice calls over wi-fi without need of installing additional app. It is part of standard Android 9 and up and Iphone 6 and newer support Wi-Fi calling.

For example, all unlocked LTE phones (with very few exceptions) with Android 9 and up that have T-Mobile LTE bands support VoLTE and VoVIFI on T-Mobile network.

The problem is that AT&T artificially restricts VoLTE and only few phones support it on AT&T network. Even much less phones supports VoWIFI on AT&T .

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1 year 2 weeks ago #28 by JS
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From a Freedompop support page updated 3 days ago,

WiFi calling allows you to make and receive calls, and text messages, using a Wi-Fi network, with your existing FreedomPop phone number. This is not the same as VoLTE.

support.freedompop.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051452474-What-is-Wi-Fi-calling-and-can-I-use-it-with-my-Premium-Voice-FreedomPop-service-
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1 year 1 week ago #29 by PEW
ROTFLOL!

www.prepaidphonenews.com/2020/10/freedompops-free-plan-now-comes-with.html

With the new feature, FreedomPop's free plan now comes with the following:

Unlimited Wi-Fi calling
10 cellular voice minutes
Unlimited iMessages and RCS text messages
10 cellular text messages
25MB of LTE data

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1 year 1 week ago #30 by bingyee
I haven't gotten any new SIMs in the mail for my 3 free plans, which are staggered to have billing periods end on the 3rd, 13th, and 23rd of each month. I'm going to hold off on switching as long as possible, i.e. I won't be switching immediately upon receiving the new SIMs - I'll wait until they send a notice explicitly saying my line will be terminated unless I act by a certain date.

I suppose the new native calling SIMs are still good to have around in case you need to port out a number to take advantage of a good deal somewhere else, especially if new activation is still free.
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