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FreedomPop: Five things you need to know about UK's first free phone service

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FreedomPop: Five things you need to know about UK's first free phone service

The days of paying for a monthly allowance of data, calls and texts for your mobile could soon be at an end, with the news that the UK has just got its first-ever completely free mobile service.

It's called FreedomPop, and we're the first country outside the US to get it. But how does it work? And is it too good to be true?

Read on for everything you need to know.

1 It's free

free calls

You read right. FreedomPop lets you can sign up and pay nothing for calls, texts and internet access. Though as you would expect, it's not unlimited.

The standard free package is 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data a month and is guaranteed to be free for life. Which sounds perfect for relatively light users.

FreedomPop is throwing in an extra incentive too. If you're one of the first 10,000 people to sign up, you'll get 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 1GB of data completely free in your first month.

2 There are pay options

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For heavier users, there are pay options. And they're quite competitive.

The 1GB, 1,000 texts and 1,000 minutes option mentioned above will cost £8.99 a month, after FreedomPop's launch promotion ends.

Opt for 2GB of data, unlimited calls and unlimited text messages and you'll pay £11.99 a month.

You can buy extra data for 1p per MB for the pay plans, or 1.5p per MB for the free plan.

3 You can roll over data. For a price

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One neat feature is that you can keep any unused data for the next month. But it'll cost you.

At £1.49 a month, it doesn't cost a lot, but it is more than free.

You can roll over up to 500MB of unused data per month, and store a total of 20GB of roll over data in all.

Then if you have a particularly heavy month – maybe you're away from Wi-Fi hotspots and want to stream a lot of video, say – it won't end up costing the earth.

4 Extra features

sharing

There are some neat extra features too.

You can share data with friends and family, but only if they're on FreedomPop.

Then if you have some unused data left over, it won't go to waste. And your friends and family will owe you one.

You can sign up to receive usage alerts so that you won't incur any additional charges, and you can be assigned a virtual international phone number so people in other countries can call you for free.

You can also earn unlimited free data by taking part in third-party offers like filling in a survey or downloading a coupon.

It'll mean giving up your time and some personal information, so you'll have to weigh that up against spending money.

5 It uses Three's mobile network

phone masts

FreedomPop is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). In other words, like Tesco Mobile and giffgaff, its service is based on another firm's mobile network and it owns no infrastructure of its own

FreedomPop uses Three's network, which was voted the most reliable in the UK. Its 3G network covers 97 per cent of the UK population, so hopefully you should get reception where you are.

To find out, click the Check Availability Now button on the FreedomPop homepage.

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