Freedompop Free Modem
Freedompop is offering one of their certified refurbished USB modems for free with free shipping through this link. In case you have never heard of them, Freedompop uses the Sprint 3G and 4G Wimax networks for their service. They offer up to 500MB of data for free per month, with the option to upgrade to more.
The main reason to get a modem like this is to have a good backup internet connection on the road. Sometimes hotel WiFi is terrible and other times reception from one phone provider works while another doesn’t. Many cell phone plans don’t include mobile hotspot service either. Having a small device like this can come in handy if you really need an internet connection.
Obviously there is always a catch when things are offered for free. In this case when you sign up, you are given a “free trial” of their 2GB per month service which usually runs $17.99 a month. They are most likely counting on the fact that you will forget to turn it off and be billed. Thankfully you can cancel the trial immediately after ordering.
My wife and I used Freedompop for my son’s first cell phone since we didn’t feel like paying a monthly bill. The service works pretty well, considering it is running on Sprint’s network. Since we didn’t authorize any overages, his service would just shut off for the month if he hit 500MB.
The Freedompop Free Modem Offer
- Free 500MB Every Month!
- 30-Day Moneyback Guarantee
- Nationwide 4G/3G service
- No cables or charging required
- Take with you anywhere
While the modem and shipping are free, apparently there is a $4.99 activation charge. If you properly cancel the free trial, make sure you are on the free plan and disable automatic billing, this is all you should ever have to pay.
How to Downgrade to Ensure It Is Free
Cancel the Premier Trial – You should just uncheck the “Premier Trial” checkbox on the order screen. This ensures you are not enrolled in the offer. If for some reason you enrolled, go to My Account > Services and click on the link for the Premier internet. On the Premier Internet details page, click the link that says, “To deactivate the FreedomPop Premier service, click here”.
To Downgrade data plan – Go to My Account > Plans. You will see a section called, “My Plan”. From here, click “Details and Plan Management”. On the Premier Internet details page, click the link that says, “To downgrade your plan, click here”. At this point make sure to click on “Downgrade Anyway” instead of “Cancel”. This part can get confusing so just make sure to read carefully. You can also go back to your account to make sure the plan has been changed correctly.
To turn off automatic top-up – Go to Billing > Billing Settings. Click edit in the “Automatic Top-up” section, then uncheck the box, and click save.
Time Frame & Shipping
I ordered a device under their last big sale offering a free hotspot. The order was placed on September 29, 2014 and the modem just arrived yesterday. Basically, it took about a month to arrive.
For a savvy consumer (such as yourself) this Freedompop free modem offer provides a great way to have a backup internet connection while traveling in the United States. The company does have a lot of complaints, but those are from people who don’t read the terms and who don’t properly deactivate billing or change their plan.
I have had a Freedompop account for well over a year and never had a billing or service issue. Make sure to read everything when changing your plan and go back to ensure that the changes stuck. If you do that then you should have a free modem with 500MB of free service. If only they didn’t charge that steep $5 activation fee!