There have been times that I’ve found myself wondering: why do I pay for a cell phone data plan? Most often, I use my phone while it’s connected on wi-fi networks to keep from using my data plan. It’s a habit I’ve gotten so used to that I barely notice anymore. To keep from running up my data charges and avoid a fee, my phone is set to search and connect to find wi-fi networks to the point that if it doesn’t, I automatically worry that I may be running up data charges.
Because I’m constantly afraid of running up my plan, I don’t get to enjoy using my phone the way I would like. Streaming movies and TV shows on my phone feels like a luxury. If I want to navigate the internet or read the news, I make sure to email myself the link to read later, instead of relaxing and taking my time to read whenever I like.
I am not alone in feeling like this. Millions of people feel like this, and it’s time for a reprieve. It only seems natural then, that a company should provide a cell phone that only works with wi-fi. FreedomPop, the next big thing in cell phone carriers and service provider, offers such a phone.
FreedomPop is not a cellphone service provider. Instead, it’s a mobile virtual network operator or MVNO, that piggybacks off established networks like Sprint, providing subscribers service at a much lower price. This allows consumers to sign up for cheaper data plans through their service providers, knowing they have FreedomPop to serve as a backup.
Recently, FreedomPop has debuted a wi-fi data plan for $5 dollars a month. Though most people are used to free wi-fi, CEO Stephen Stokols is confident that a large number of FreedomPop’s projected 1 million customers will be interested in the service as a way to cut down on data costs.
For the cell phone user, this is incredible news. Even though you may not use FreedomPop (currently) it challenges large cellphone providers that lock you in for two year contracts at a higher rate. Based on the FreedomPop review I read, the company is poised to change how we buy and use cellphone plans. Who knows, some day worrying about data charges may be a thing of the past.