Originally Posted by DuckieTigger
It is not "free". Has a data limit of 500 mb per month for the free plan. But free is relative. See http://www.freedompop.com/service_plan_terms.htm
- the devil is in the fine-print. If you use less than 5 mb per month, they will charge you $1.99 to keep your account "active", but then they also charge $10 at a time if your balance with them is too low. Value added services for speed, or data storage suggest also that they will nickel and dime you. If something sounds too good to be honest, it is probably a scam. Oh and you can always go up to the next expensive plan for your "convenience". Stay away unless you are willing to read all their rules.
FreedomPop isn't a scam, but whether or not its business model is sustainable is another story. It was founded by one of the co-founders of Skype. The low activity fee is $0.99 per month (not $1.99) and it's reasonable considering they probably have to pay for the upkeep of an account even if it's dormant (they purchase bandwidth from Sprint/Clear), so they don't want to have a bunch of inactive users eating into their administrative fees. I don't know of any wireless service providers that will keep your account open indefinitely for free even if you don't use it or add money to it. Even prepaid phone providers will just close your account after a period of time if you stop paying. The low balance charge is something you can disable, and the purpose of it is to provide you with uninterrupted service in the event that you go over your bandwidth allotment. If you get within 100mb of your monthly cap AND if you have less than $2 in your account, then they'll add $10 to your account by charging you, but as I mentioned earlier, you can disable this and then your device will simply stop working for the month when you reach your cap.