What is this Freedompop item Walmart is Selling?

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1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago #41 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
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Hi KentE !!
(And thanks for PMing me too.)

I do wish to make that test - but since the freebie Visible phone is likely using the same network there as the FP thing has & that doesn't have any signal - nor during ~85% of the trip home (until reaching our town)... it is my guess that the FP will be just the same.

Sadly, my last time of having the car was exactly during when that SIM got dropped off here & now that I have it working I may not be able to use her car again 'till after the RP service expires.

I wonder, based upon your suggestion if there is some super-cheap AT&T based TF deal I could grab quickly 100% online to put into another, older device just to keep her feeling safe for a while...?

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1 month 3 weeks ago #42 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
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Holy Cow !!
Here is some info that I totally missed somehow that came via email:

Welcome to Red Pocket Mobile
Per your request, SIM ICCID 89012************** was activated on 12/01/2021.
The Red Pocket Mobile number associated with your account is **********


So - the free FP deal is definitely RP.
Wow.
(Now if only it could be GSMA...sigh.)

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1 month 3 weeks ago #43 by ajzwilli
As I was activating my sim, I was offered a choice of an upgrade (I skipped it), but the first isn't bad:
$9.98 / mo for unl t/t/d (1.5GB high speed data)

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1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago #44 by KentE
Just curious...
Et_Z (or anyone else with a SIM handy) is the SIM # 8901260 , or 8901240 ?
(The latter is the newer T-Mobile designation that's cropping up with nearly all former Sprint MVNOs and still has some issues with iPhones. The 260 SIMs use T-Mobile's iPhone carrier bundle, and  seem to have better results with iPhones. I'm guessing Red Pocket probably uses the xxxx260 SIM.)

(EDIT: meant to say 'seem to have better results', and screwed it up:  corrected now.)

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1 month 3 weeks ago #45 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
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8901240
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1 month 3 weeks ago #46 by kathie
Thank you E_Z for trying out the new sim and reporting the results here. Looks like I am going to order and give Freedompop another chance. Couple questions from me to anybody who knows:

1. If I need a new phone for Freedompop, what should I be aware of before purchasing? Is the requirement a certain technology and/or being on their approved list of phones?

Anybody know of deal for a new and cheap phone that would work for this service? Only requirement is the ability to make and receive calls.

2. Based on your previous experience with the Freedompop Freemium sim, are they flexible with the days allowed to renew their free plan? Can you renew a few days early? How about a day or so late? I assume Freedompop will not warn users that a month is up. It would have been nice if they gave notice through text or email saying it was time to renew.
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1 month 3 weeks ago #47 by ajzwilli
Add on's available:
Minutes:
$10 for 1,000, $2 for 100, $5 for 500

Texts
$5 for 250, $2 for 100, $5 for 500 (yes, the website shows you can spend $5 for either 250 or 500)

Data:
$15 for 1GB, $2 for 100MB, $5 for 250

I can't find any details on the add-on's , but if they work like RedPocket - you loose any add-on not used during your 30 day plan window.
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1 month 3 weeks ago #48 by KentE

Thank you E_Z for trying out the new sim and reporting the results here. Looks like I am going to order and give Freedompop another chance. Couple questions from me to anybody who knows:

1. If I need a new phone for Freedompop, what should I be aware of before purchasing? Is the requirement a certain technology and/or being on their approved list of phones?

Anybody know of deal for a new and cheap phone that would work for this service? Only requirement is the ability to make and receive calls.

 

kathie, thanks for calling our attention to this FreedomPop plan!

Since I'm not a user, I can only comment on the first 2 questions.
  Any phone that is acceptable on the T-Mobile network should work.  Basically, this means unlocked GSM phones, or (still locked) T-Mobile branded phones.  with VoLTE & band 12 at a minimum,  T-Mobile has the least restrictive compatibility requirements of the 3 networks, and there isn't a model 'whitelist'.  You'll get better results if the phone also has T-Mobile's newer band 71, which is the band T-Mobile is going to be using heavily for expansion in previously underserved areas.
  
If you already have an unlocked GSM phone (or T-Mobile branded phone), the Mint Mobile IMEI test page is very good.  Enter your IMEI, and if it's accepted, click on the small question mark next to the phone drawing to see details about what T-Mobile bands the phone has.  www.mintmobile.com/byop/

re: cheap phones:  unfortunately, T-Mobile does not aggressively market their branded prepaid phones like AT&T does, so it's harder to find really inexpensive new phones that will work on T-Mobile MVNOs.
  For new Factory Unlocked GSM phones, the Motorola Moto E, Moto E6 (if you can still find this model), and the TCL A30 all go on sale at around $115- $130. 
 
If you're OK with a used phone, and live in an area that has had good T-Mobile coverage for the last 3-5 years (and therefore not dependent on Band 71), there should be a wide selection of phones for $50 and up.  (For example, I'm using an older Moto E4 on Tello's T-Mobile service with no problem:  no band 71 on that phone, but I don't really need band 71 until I get 50 miles outside the city & off interstate highways.)

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1 month 3 weeks ago #49 by kathie
Thanks KentE for the info.

I have an unused AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play from a deal a couple years ago. Sites are asking $20-$30 for codes to unlock the device. While the price they are charging seems excessive to me, my question to you or anybody else is whether this unlocked AT&T variant would even activate and work on T-Mobile?

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1 month 3 weeks ago #50 by KentE

Thanks KentE for the info.

I have an unused AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play from a deal a couple years ago. Sites are asking $20-$30 for codes to unlock the device. While the price they are charging seems excessive to me, my question to you or anybody else is whether this unlocked AT&T variant would even activate and work on T-Mobile?
 

I'd suggest entering the IMEI on the Mint Mobile test site I linked above.  Test sites can't tell you the locked status of the phone, but that particular test is very informative about the phone's capabilities once unlocked.   My guess is that the AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play would work fine, but might be missing some bands including 66  & 71.  (Not a big problem unless you're in a rural area.)  
 
$20-$30 isn't horrible for unlocking, but look at the site descriptions carefully: some sellers are only really promising to check eligibility for unlocking, and to unlock the phone if it meets the requirements.  In other words, charging you $20 to do what you can do yourself for free by visiting www.att.com/deviceunlock/

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