FreedomPop (iPad mini 001)

FreedomPop, a startup backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom which provides free or inexpensive Internet service on the Sprint network, today added the original iPad mini and other cellular-capable iPads to its stable of supported devices.

Apple’s LTE iPads, along with Samsung’s seven-inch Galaxy Tab 3, are now eligible for FreedomPop’s no-contract, free of charge voice, data and text plan.

It’s basically the same plan that the company originally offered to smartphone owners. Additional voice and data is available for a fee.

Regardless of whether you’re buying a little used iPad mini from FreedomPop or bringing your device over from another carrier, FreedomPop will treat you to gratis 500MB of LTE data, 200 voice minutes and 500 text messages.

But how does one take advantage of voice minutes and text messages on LTE iPads which only support data connections over cellular? Read on for the full reveal…

According to FreedomPop’s webpage here, they’re treating iPad users to the Apple headphones with built-in mic and a dedicated app which relays VoIP calls and text messages through its servers over the cellular network.

This makes it possible to make and receive phone calls and receive/send text messages on LTE iPads, giving your tablet some much-needed phone capability. In a nutshell, the company provisions a unique phone number with voice mail, number porting and more.

iPads other than the original iPad mini are supported as well.

FreedomPop is now selling Samsung’s aging Galaxy Tab 3 direct to customers for $199 a pop. An LTE iPad mini will set you back $319, but note that these are refurbished models. The Online Apple Store also sells refurbished iPad mini models for $319.

Again, FreedomPop uses Sprint’s network for LTE data so your device must be compatible with the Sprint network.

The free 500MB of LTE data, 500 messages and 200 voice minutes is essentially the same package offered to FreedomPop’s smartphone customers.

For $7.99, they’ll give you 500 voice minutes and unlimited texts. $10.99 per month will buy you unlimited voice and text.

These two paid tiers include the same 500MB of LTE data as the free service. If you need unlimited everything, including data, prepare to fork out $19.99 per month.

What do you think of FreedomPop’s offer?

  • coLin

    It’s kinda useless because it uses Sprints WiMAX network. As far as I know, no LTE is supported. Voice and text also work through WiMAX. So you are limited to certain regions with WiMAX available

    • A’s Network

      Nope, it doesn’t use WiMAX. The iPad mini doesn’t support it, and we have had LTE only phones like the iPhone 5 since May. Sprint will be phasing WiMAX in 2015 anyways. So to summarize, LTE only.

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan


    • Rowan09

      WiMAX never made it, Sprint made a horrible choice to try and be different when everyone else was adopting LTE as the standard. Sprint does have LTE towers but only a few here in NY.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    This is great for Freedompop. Looking forward to the iPhone 5S and upcoming iPhone 6 support and roaming with verizon for voice!

    • A’s Network

      They do support Verizon Data roaming, but their voice service is by an app that uses VoIP. Also, Sprint is a jerk for its MVNOs so the 5S might be supported soon but the 6 will be supported a year after its launch because Sprint kinda is strict with its rules.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Verizon voice is what I want or truly what all of us want. Not roam on verizon data even though that would be nice too but Sprint does have the towers. I know they have voice within their VoIP but their VoIP goes through the use of data not actual voice. And I do agree I seen the introduction of apple products usually late models due to restrictions perhaps? But there I clarified what I meant. I guess a name like mine is more open to opinions of hatred lol.

      • A’s Network

        FreedomPop is using VoIP right now just to save costs, it is hella cheaper to go data only and they partnered with Text Now to get their voice for VoIP in exchange for Text Now getting Data Support for their phones. Since this is all free for the user, they have to cut costs wherever possible.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        I understand why they are doing it. But that is why I said supporting roaming on verizon for voice. Because in many rural areas traveling out of the city, I would not have a stable voice conversation quality by data.

    • Nex


    • Thiago Vaccaro


    • gittlopctbi

      What goes around comes around.

  • A’s Network

    Well we won’t be seeing the LTE clip they announced earlier. Or maybe they will launch it later on for non Sprint devices.