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Free mobile plans are coming to the UK in July

Matt Brian, @m4tt
05.13.15
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Sure, mobile plans are getting cheaper by the day, but what if you could enjoy voice, texts and mobile data without having to pay a penny? That's what mobile carrier FreedomPop will offer when it launches in the UK in July. After finding success in the US and announcing its plans to expand almost a year ago, the company has set its sights on this side of the pond, noting that it will provide 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data free on its very first SIM-only plan. Basic, but perfect for someone who uses their phone sparingly. To further discourage the competition, FreedomPop will also offer free international calling to over 60 countries and allow free calls and texts to anyone on one of its plans.

If you're unaware of what FreedomPop is, it's a US-based provider backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstom that has made its name offering free wireless service. While the core service is free, it attempts to make its money from bolt-ons, which are basically more fully-featured tariffs. These include the option to roll over unused data to the next month, anonymous browsing and the ability to add a second phone number to your account. If that wasn't enough, the carrier is also launching Jetsetter, a free global roaming SIM that provides 100MB of data per month. It'll initially be available in the UK, Spain and France before making its way to 20 more countries.

FreedomPop has already opened up its UK website, which allows you to see if you qualify for its free SIM. Like Carphone Warehouse's iD network, the carrier is piggybacking Three's spectrum, which may explain how it is able to offer international calling and free roaming, but also why it's taking its time to expand the service.

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