FreedomPop has made a name for itself by offering free and cheap phone plans. Now the company is expanding into the premium service area of the market ̵
Announced earlier this weekthat wants to entice customers of . Although details are still sparse at the moment, we can answer some of the bigger questions about the new service that is due to start in early summer.
How much does it cost?
Unreal Mobile will offer contract-free plans starting at $ 15 a month. CNET has confirmed that the baseline will include unlimited calls, text and data with 1GB of high-speed data that can be transmitted from month to month.
In other words, if you only use 750 MB in one month, next month you have 1.25 GB available.
A spokesperson for Unreal Mobile was unable to provide information on further plans, but in all likelihood contained a larger amount of high-speed data. It's not uncommon, for example, for MVNOs to offer 5 GB and 10 GB options.
What else is in it?
This $ 15 plan includes ad blocking, VPN, and the ability to use your number on a tablet or smartphone or computer, among other properties, "according to Unreal.
This last part is interesting Phone has a traditional SIM card and uses a traditional mobile network (see below), your phone number is virtual and therefore accessible via Voice over IP on other devices.
We need to wait and see if Mobile Hotspot is included included or sold separately.
Which network is using Unreal Mobile?
FreedomPop has long been a sprint MVNO and Unreal will be – until later this summer, when the carrier will offer an AT & T based SIM. We do not yet know if this option will include a $ 15-per-month plan.
Which phones are compatible?
As you might expect in a Sprint MVNO, you need an unlocked Sprint-compatible CDMA phone. However, once the AT & T option arrives, you should be able to bring almost any unlocked GSM phone. (Sprint and Verizon use CDMA technologies in their networks, AT & T and T-Mobile use GSM.)
Unreal also plans to sell phones right after the launch of the service, the spokesman told us, though models and prices not yet announced
When can I register?
Unreal Mobile is currently beta testing and is available by invitation only. You can request one on the otherwise sparse homepage of the company.
The official launch date is yet to come, but words like "Early Summer" and "In the coming weeks" indicate that Unreal Mobile will hit the market sometime in June
What about Customer Service?
In my capacity asI have written about FreedomPop several times. Each time, readers turn to the forwarder's after-sales service: unexpected charges, unanswered support requests, difficulties navigating the web portal.
It remains to be seen if Unreal Mobile suffers from the same issues, but the spokesman told us that customer service will be located in the US and the company has "investigated consumer concerns across the industry to ensure this service is outstanding is. "
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