Does anyone have an extra freeup free plan?

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6 months 20 hours ago #42802 by michellesmith89898
I was hoping that someone could help me out or at least offer some advice.

I am a person who tends to donate things that I no longer need. In a few instances, I later need something that I gave away. This is one of those cases.

Several years ago I had a Lycamobile, RingPlus and a TracFone plan. I had approximately 3,000 minutes on the TracFone plan, but I did not want to add any more money to the plan because I really did not need it. Therefore, I decided to give it away to a neighbor for an elderly grandmother to use.

In the past few months, my son, who has a 2014 car, has had car trouble so I want him to keep a phone in his car in case he needs to call AAA for emergency road service.

I have since found that my Lycamobile account does not work any longer and I found that the phone that I was using for that service can no longer be activated since 2g is not supported anymore.

I purchased an AT&T phone from Best Buy that I intended to use on freeup with their free plan. When I finally had time to contact freeup, I was told that they no longer have a free plan. I can no longer return the phone, since the return period has passed.

Consequently, I am wondering if anyone has an existing freeup free plan that is not needed and you are willing to give away?

I will pay it forward by helping someone else, and I will provide personal information for the account so that you can change account information so that I don't have access to your personal information. If you are unable to delete your credit card information from the account, I can create a $1 virtual account number that you can put on the account to replace your credit card number.

Since no one might have an extra freeup free plan that they are willing to give away, I would also appreciate advice regarding any other almost no cost alternatives for extremely low cell phone usage.

Thank you for reading!

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6 months 16 hours ago - 6 months 16 hours ago #42804 by Isamorph
The below $39 one year FreedomPop deal might work well for you, and you could use Google Voice to call, etc. with cellular data if so desired, depending on what phone you have.

www.bestbuy.com/site/freedompop-12-month-prepaid-plan-lte-3-in-1-sim-card-kit/6187400.p?skuId=6187400

Or maybe the FP free plan:

www.target.com/p/freedompop-nationwide-4g-lte-3-in-1-basic-free-sim-card-kit/-/A-52960591
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6 months 15 hours ago #42805 by sovashadow

Isamorph wrote: The below $39 one year FreedomPop deal might work well for you, and you could use Google Voice to call, etc. with cellular data if so desired, depending on what phone you have.

www.bestbuy.com/site/freedompop-12-month-prepaid-plan-lte-3-in-1-sim-card-kit/6187400.p?skuId=6187400

Or maybe the FP free plan:

www.target.com/p/freedompop-nationwide-4g-lte-3-in-1-basic-free-sim-card-kit/-/A-52960591

I would do this. I do not believe there is anything cheaper atm, that uses ATT, then freedompop.
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6 months 13 hours ago #42807 by KentE
The FreedomPop SIMs that Isamorph listed above will work fine with the AT&T Prepaid phone.
I used to use FreedomPop for exactly the same glovebox/emergency purpose, and it worked well. It is VoIP service, instead of traditional cellular voice.

The 1-year 1GB/mo SIM is about as cheap at Best Buy now as it ever gets. (Currently $40.) The starter SIM, currently $5, does go on sale sometimes at Best Buy and/or Target for $1.

I believe the cheapest traditional cellular-voice plan on the AT&T network is the annual Tracfone plan, currently $50.
www.ebay.com/itm/Tracfone-Prepaid-Wireless-Smartphone-Plan-SIM-1200-Min-1200-Txt-3GB-Data/283493024108?epid=27032161122&hash=item420180416c:g:Nb0AAOSwp1Bc5a~n
That one has been sale priced at $40 several times in recent months.

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6 months 12 hours ago #42809 by michellesmith89898
Thanks everyone for the replies. I don't want to use FreedomPop because a lot of people have reported billing problems and they don't accept virtual account numbers anymore.

Regarding the TracFone plan, I think I read somewhere that the phone had to be unlocked, even if it used AT&T. My phone is not unlocked. Since I know that freeup will work with it, I am still hoping that someone has an unneeded freeup free plan. I can't be the only person who had more free or low cost phone plans than I needed.

Even if this doesn't work out, thanks to everyone for taking time out of your busy day to read this.

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6 months 10 hours ago #42811 by Chelle

michellesmith89898 wrote: Thanks everyone for the replies. I don't want to use FreedomPop because a lot of people have reported billing problems and they don't accept virtual account numbers anymore.


I believe that the annual plans don't require any billing information which eliminates the problems that people have mentioned.

I think the creative billing is only a problem with the free plans.
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6 months 9 hours ago #42812 by KentE

michellesmith89898 wrote: Thanks everyone for the replies. I don't want to use FreedomPop because a lot of people have reported billing problems and they don't accept virtual account numbers anymore.

Regarding the TracFone plan, I think I read somewhere that the phone had to be unlocked, even if it used AT&T. My phone is not unlocked. Since I know that freeup will work with it, I am still hoping that someone has an unneeded freeup free plan. I can't be the only person who had more free or low cost phone plans than I needed.

Even if this doesn't work out, thanks to everyone for taking time out of your busy day to read this.


Chelle is right-- the annual FreedomPop plan (the $39 SIM that Isamorph linked to at Best Buy) requires no registered payment form at all, so no worries about billing problems. The free plan does require a registered payment source, and you do have to keep an eye on it. (The 'cost' of free, I guess.)

No problem using your AT&T-locked phone on Tracfone, as long as you activate it with Tracfone's AT&T SIM. The Ebay listing I linked to above comes with SIMs for all 3 networks Tracfone utilizes, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. (AT&T allows a user to activate a still-locked AT&T Prepaid phone on any AT&T MVNO.)
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6 months 9 hours ago #42813 by Isamorph

Chelle wrote:

michellesmith89898 wrote: Thanks everyone for the replies. I don't want to use FreedomPop because a lot of people have reported billing problems and they don't accept virtual account numbers anymore.


I believe that the annual plans don't require any billing information which eliminates the problems that people have mentioned.

I think the creative billing is only a problem with the free plans.


Good point about the annual FP plan. In the past, I purchased the one year FP plan sim from BestBuy without having to list any billing info and the plan worked trouble-free for the entire year.
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6 months 5 hours ago - 6 months 5 hours ago #42814 by KentE
michellesmith89898, another option that doesn't require as large an initial cash outlay:
www.h2owirelessnow.com has a $10/3month PayGo plan that bills minutes and text against the deposit at 5c each.
SIM is free with online plan purchase, and autopay reduces the cost to $9/3month.

www.blackwireless.com/ has a similar $10/3 month, 5c minute/text plan as well.
SIM is free with online plan purchase.

Both are on the AT&T network, and both should work with your existing phone.
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5 months 4 weeks ago #42824 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
Just a wee bit of info from when we used h2o to add here...
We had 2 lines for ~$40/month, barely used for voice only.
They suddenly tacked on a $50 charge that they could not explain in the several calls made to ask about it - and refused to remove that charge.
We paid it as it looked like the only choice - then they killed both our lines without any notice or permission, right in the middle of a billing cycle that we'd paid for.

Looking into that company a little gave the impression that it is either a 'baby at&t' or a front that is directly the same company.

Never heard of that blackwireless before KentE's mention of it (thanks), but have to wonder if it is just another 'front' for the exact same thing ??

As for FP, we found their VOIP option to be all but completely useless for voice calls - even in an area that has strong signal.

Other posts here have suggested getting whatever works & then also using GV & its app as much as possible.

Hopefully you will be able to get something that suits you from all the info here.
I am presently using a FU line for at&t & barely use it at all (only when my Twigby phone has zero signal...) - it has its share of annoyances, limitations & I have my doubts about its continuing 'free' nature based upon what has gone on with them lately...we'll see.

-IF- that gets replaced with some great deal from Redpocket I won't need it anymore & have no idea how to hand it off except to maybe mail the SIM & change the credentials, if that is possible ??
(Of course to free that line, RP would have to have a sale on the plan I need, which hasn't happened this year, sadly...)

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