Clark Howard: Freedom pop
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You're going to think I'm lying. Free smartphone cellphone service is true. It's what is known as a freemium business model. It's now available from a company called freedompop.com.
Here's how it works. You buy a reconditioned Android from them for $99. Once you have the phone, you can have 200 anytime minutes a month, 500 text messages a month, and half a gigabyte of data a month.
Why do they make that free? So that you'll get that phone and say, "You know I really need more."
So let's say you want unlimited calling and texting. Instead of paying nothing a month, you'll pay $10 a month. How cheap is that?
Let's say you end up using a lot of data that will cost you $18 a month. So you can actually run your bill all the way up to $28 a month for unlimited calling, unlimited texting, and a bunch of data.
Remember the web address, freedompop.com. It's not the only new el cheapo coming out.
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