Yes, you can get a cellphone connection for a smartphone for about $30.00 monthly for unlimited text and web (with 100 minutes of talk) at T-Mobile. You can even get 200 minutes of talk on a feature phone (what some people call a “dumb phone”) at Consumer Cellular for just $15.00 a month. But, why pay anything when you can get cellphone service free? That's right, free!
After two years of trying, FreedomPop is going to challenge the pricey plans of the giant wireless carriers with a new, free service. FreedomPop is going to give you 500 MB of data, 200 talk minutes and 500 test messages for free each month, for life. In-network calls are free too (that is, calls between FreedomPop subscribers). If you're a smartphone user who opts to play games, watch video and listen to music while your smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi, or maybe a user who doesn't download much data, then this free service is definitely worth taking a look at.
FreedomPop can offer this free service by using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) technology over Sprint's wireless network. So, for FreedomPop, there are no cell towers to build, no traditional voice service to manage—which dramatically reduces the company's costs. To make money, FreedomPop (which has experience in offering free wireless broadband service for the past year) hopes users will upgrade their connection to $10.99 a month for unlimited text and voice minutes, contract-free. That's really cheap.