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Free data, calls and texts - now on the Galaxy S4

Free data, calls and texts - now on the Galaxy S4
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I promise this is real: How would you like to get totally free data, voice and texts on a top-of-the-line smartphone? It's not a hoax; it's an innovative new business strategy.

FreedomPop is a new company that has begun offering no-contract wireless service with absolutely no monthly fees - for anything: voice, text or data. For a long time, FreedomPop didn't offer 4G service - and the phones you could choose were never top quality. That's all changed.

Now you can get a free 4G plan on the previous generation of Samsung Galaxy phones - the S4. The iPhone 5 is also available.

I know what you're thinking: There's no way this is on the level. Let me tell you how it works.

FreedomPop operates a lot like Candy Crush. It's free to download and use, but there are some catches. For instance, on the 4G network, you have a monthly data cap of 500MB and 200 anytime minutes and 500 texts. If you use more than your limit, you'll have to pay. If you use less than 5MB a month, you'll be charged a dollar. Plus, the default settings automatically charge your account if you go over. You'll have to manually change them if you don't want to be charged.

Additionally, paying FreedomPop $20 a month will get you unlimited everything and faster speeds. On top of that, after the first gigabyte of data used in a month, you'll be dropped down to 3G speeds. Still dirt-cheap compared to other plans, but it's starting to make sense how FreedomPop stays in business.

The real way FreedomPop is competitive is cost-cutting. It leases bandwidth on Sprint's existing network - so you'll need to have a Sprint-compatible phone. FreedomPop sells older, refurbished phones so its margin is better on those. Additionally, it uses less expensive VoIP Internet calling instead of the cellular network for voice.

Click here to check out FreedomPop.

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Source: Gizmodo
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