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.