It appears that for $9.98, you get 300 minutes, 1000 texts, and 100mb every month. But, that does not make sense since Freedompop's website free plan is for 0 cell minutes, 10 texts and 25mb. Maybe this is voip deal? But, didn't Freedompop discontinue their voip app? I don't think the item is old stock either as I can't recall Freedompop ever offering this plan.
Search for 'FreedomPop' on Walmart's site, and you'll see 3 products: the linked one, and 2 traditional monthly refill cards with different data amounts.
Taken together, my assumption is that the linked product is a Starter Sim Kit (as it's labeled on the package) with an initial pre-load for the first month: basically a trial SIM. At the end of the 30 days, you'd need to refill with one of the 2 refill cards.
The cheaper one is Unlimited Talk/Text + 1.5GB for $10, which is a pretty competitive rate if it's on AT&T network & not VoIP, and not terrible if it's on T-Mobile.
The confusing part is the package label saying 'FREE'. It's not like FreedomPop isn't in the habit of confusing terminology that can lead one to assume what part of it's 'free'. My guess is they're indicating the SIM itself is worth $10, and the 30 days/allocations are 'free'.
Yes I think KentE is probably right since their "starter kits" usually just mean the sim kit and you buy the plan yourself. Free here may just mean the first month is free. Some of the wording implies it is a free monthly plan but I wouldn't count on that.
Hi there! Yes, this is a fully native experience. However, this is actually on our GSMT network (not GSMA), and it is indeed associated with a free plan! Should you have any other questions, feel free to connect with our support team via chat by visiting our website, and they'll certainly help get that sorted out.
EZ, did you have Sprint signal in your area in years past?
I ask because I spend time in an area where T-mo native was always no show (post paid T-mo could roam to AT&T in parts of the area) but Sprint had pretty decent coverage. Now in that area, with the right phone (all the possible t-mo bands I guess), there is now T-mo signal in pretty much the same areas as where Sprint had some coverage. There must be some refarming going on.
Too bad it is the better part of $20 w/shipping & tax (maybe I should just add a jumbo pack of Charmin to reach free shipping ;)). Guess I'll ride the Beast/FreeMo train until it runs off the rails.
Given Freedonpops past history of their bag of tricks and charges you really don't want to give them any form of payment that actually means anything. I know Red pocket bought them but I approach them with GREAT caution.
Redrotors you've expressed my concerns with that offer just as I would have=>
When any item has a shipping charge that is almost equal to the item's own cost - and especially when it could easily be 'shipped' via an envelope with a stamp or 2, that rankles me.
Also - silly as it may seem for folks who have access to a wallymopp supercenter that is only ~40 miles away=>
We rarely have any use for it & their web based stuff has just about the worst search function I've yet seen, so...
When I search for a specific item (correctly) and it throws up 400 or so other DIFFERENT things all scattered into those results, it is a huge turn-off & I simply cannot think of anything we may need from that place to meet their 'free shipping' requirement & I ain't going there willingly anytime 'till maybe...february !!
So it looks like I'll be enjoying just knowing that this may be a valid option until such time as it may be more reasonably possible to try out.
I've sent an email to FreedomPop Support, asking for more detail. Obviously, I can't find any info on this product line on FreedomPop's website. (There's a link to Freedompop in the fine print description on the refill cards for more info, but just goes to the main page.)
Of interest, the picture of the SIM Starter Kit has changed since yesterday, and the '/mo' shown on the product package is no longer there.
Since we now know the Sim Starter Kit is on T-Mobile, my guess is the refill cards won't work with an existing Freemium SIM. (But I've asked....)
Not surprisingly, there is already conflicting information from Freedompop to exactly is being sold at Walmart.
In response to my email to Freedompop about this listing, a representative wrote that 300 min, 1000 texts, and 100mb data would cost $9.98 a month. They did however verify that this sim is for T-Mobile towers and uses native calling.
She added that if I wanted a free plan, I should order the (AT&T) sim from the Freedompop website.
OK, looking at their site once again I see it still says:
Combine that with this=>
And the only possible offense remaining is their 5.99 'min. order fee' aimed at making you fall for w+, so now - as it happened here tonight...
I very suddenly became aware that a food item which we've gotten in bulk before (as we use so much of it) was alarmingly close to running out vs. my thinking we had another package of it...wrong.
I also knew that the big W has the lowest pricing for that of anyplace - so, after adding the desired amount to the cart - YAY! - free shipping & MAYBE that'll need to be returned - but can be done in person AFTER all the seasonal craziness has passed.
Finally - since the FP rep claimed here that it is actual cellular & NOT VOIP, and the selling site says this:
I've taken the plunge & risking 9.98 to find out what is real vs. what is NOT.
If you have a direct link to FP's AT&T based SIM page with a free plan, please share that here ??
Super cute idea KentE - thanks for sharing that pointer !!
From what is shown at the big A in the Qs & reviews it includes TWO SIM cards for only .99 and free shipping for prime members - a great deal for a way to check it out.
I'm not too concerned that I grabbed the deal from big W because I know for a fact that there was exactly zero TMob signal in most of our region vs. what they show now that looks more like the VZ coverage...therefore:
If there truly is good signal in our town which had none a'tall AND if it actually isn't VOIP, and if it IS truly free, that will be very cool - and if not - I'll return it at my leisure.
A little more to add to kathie's info:
I've gotten a reply, and an update, from my email to FreedomPop.
The first reply, on Thanksgiving day (wow) confirmed that the SIM is GSMT (T-Mobile network), & that the included allotment is good for 30 days before expiration. The agent was not familiar with the 'Exclusive' Walmart refill PINs, but said monthly and quarterly refills were available, not viewable anywhere on FreedomPop's website, but could be viewed from within account management after activation. (Less than helpful approach, that.)
A followup email yesterday confirmed that the Walmart refill PINs are applicable to this GSMT SIM, and only GSMT Sims. Reading back through the wording, it's not clear to me whether other refill options (other than the 2 Walmart refills) actually exist. Quoted from one of the email replies, my comments added in parentheses:
"Unfortunately, we do not have additional information regarding this plan on our website as the SIM Starter Kit in Walmart is for GSMT only. As of now, we only offer a monthly plan for our Premium SIM card (the older AT&T product). However, FreedomPop offers monthly and quarterly plans for the GSMT account. But the plan you are inquiring about only offers a monthly plan. Therefore, the plan will expire after 30 days. You may refill the same plan if it is a valid FreedomPop plan. If not, you must purchase a new plan. You may see available plans for your line on your online account. It will not be visible on our homepage website as the FreedomPop GSMT is only available in Waltermart and not on our website."