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You can now get completely free calling, texting and data on your iPhone

Published Apr 29th, 2014 11:45AM EDT
iPhone 5 FreedomPop

We have some good news and we have some bad news. The good news is that FreedomPop, provider of 100% free wireless voice, text and data service now supports Apple’s iPhone 5. The bad news is that the carrier’s free plan is for very, very light users who consume less than 500MB each month, speak in the phone fewer than 200 minutes per month and send and receive less than 500 combined messages.

If you don’t fall into that category, however, you still have some surprisingly affordable options to choose from.

FreedomPop, which is an MVNO that makes use of Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, also offers a more reasonable plan for subscribers who intend to actually use their phones: Unlimited talk and text for $11 per month, or as little as $4.58 per month if you pay for two years of service up front.

In other words, you can make a one-time payment of $110 and get unlimited talk and text for two years.

Unfortunately FreedomPop will never be economical for subscribers who use a lot of data each month and aren’t constantly covered by WiFi. Data over 500MB is billed at $0.025 per MB — or more than $25 per GB. For light users and people who are often covered by WiFi, however, it simply doesn’t get any better.

FreedomPop is selling refurbished iPhone 5 handsets on its site for $350, or users can bring their own Sprint-compatible iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.