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FreedomPop Selling Unlimited WiFi Access for $5

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Jan 21, 2015, 9:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

FreedomPop today announced the launch of a WiFi-only wireless service plan that costs just $5 per month. The plan includes unlimited voice minutes (via VoIP), messaging, and data use across 10 million WiFi hotspots around the country. FreedomPop is an MVNO that resells access to Sprint's network. In order to make this new service work, FreedomPop partnered with an unknown number of WiFi aggregators so its WiFi network will be available in public places such as Burger King, McDonalds, Panera, and Starbucks in addition to shopping centers and other outdoor public spaces that offer WiFi. FreedomPop began selling a WiFi-only phablet last year that is compatible with this WiFi service, but the company hopes consumers will connect old phones or tablets to its $5 WiFi plan, too. The service requires an Android device for now. FreedomPop created an Android app that automatically locates and connects to available WiFi hotspots. The new WiFi-only service is available starting today.

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gloopey1

Jan 21, 2015, 3:22 PM

Huh?

Why would anyone want to pay five bucks per month to access WiFi in places where it's already free? Am I missing something?
I was thinking the same thing, unless those particular areas offer a faster tier of service or prioritize voip over other traffic I can't see a good reason to pay for such service. Even then, if the free wifi service sucks that much then I'd simply g...
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