Mobile upstart FreedomPop
continues to do brisk business, augmenting its free smartphone plans
with a $5 per month unlimited talk and text plan. The plan actually starts at $4.58 per month, which is incredibly low for any mobile plan at all.
In comments distributed in a press release, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Sokols made it clear that this is part of his worldview, not just a clever business practice. “With these new pricing plans we are declaring war on an industry that has for too long taken advantage of consumers and only widened the digital divide,” he said. “We not only offer 12 months of comparable service for the price of 1 month, but all the billing complexity that frustrates users is gone. There is no need for an annual contract when the total annual cost is under $100.”
FreedomPop says that it has about half a million users participating in its beta program and has now added the Samsung Galaxy S II
--at a cost of $169--as a handset option with the service.
It’s too bad that the $5/mo plan doesn’t include data, but it’s still a heck of a deal. FreedomPop’s free smartphone
plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data. You can see if service is available in your area here