“free”dompop has made no effort to refute these claims [here]. They have spent a pretty penny hiring web PR drones to spew hype at times “article” comments — which apparently is bean counter less costly than an ethical policy change. Some of the cost landmines are rectified some of the time IFF customer spends inordinate time to resolve. “free”dompop abuse will continue as only those whose time is worth little will pursue the interaction — and foolishly not in writing (on paper). Try returning your “leased” device for a refund if for no other purpose than to new it up. Are you charged the undisclosed $9 return processing fee?
“free” device with $50 or $90 refundable deposit after $5 shipping less undisclosed $8.95 return fee.
free until it’s NOT-free:
Deposit refund is time limited after which the loan becomes a purchase.
Free monthly service provides 399 megs of transfer in a 30 day cycle
once you hit 100 megs short of your monthly allowance (500 megs) “for your convenience” freedompop will charge a minimum top-up of $10. If your prepaid credit drops to $2 you will be charged another $10 top-up. Exceeding 500 megs per month incurs a cost per meg.
Another evil gotcha: if in your monthly “free” cycle you do not consume 5 megs you will be charged a $0.99 penalty to remain an active client
To remain a FREE user you must use at least 5 megs EVERY month AND NOT more than 399 megs per month. Account reactivation penalty is $20. To avoid any fees AND recoup deposit one must send written on paper notice of cancellation.
If you violate any third party terms which are NOT available for viewing your account might be canceled and you agree to forfeit your device deposit. Sounds like a microsoft eula sight unseen. The same applies to freepop terms in the paypal “sole arbiter of truth” sense.
You may opt-in to extra-spam or privacy-rape third party offers for minuscule bandwidth bonuses. You are required to provide a valid email to receive volumes of freedompop spam. freedompop collects a phone number in the name of fedex.
apparently freedompop users can communicate with one another via the 4g network. hmmmm
Top-up balderdash applies to pre-paid accounts as does minimum usage penalties.
I will be taking extra unmentionable precautions when I signup in a coverage area.
Please remember to send written opt-out of binding arbitration within first 30 days of signup!
You agree to allow FreedomPop to stalk you upon login to any “social” site according to their “privacy” rape policy https://www.freedompop.com/privacy.htm
We store the information that you receive from the social networking sites along with other information that we collect from you or receive about you.
When you access our Services using a mobile device, we may receive or collect your mobile device ID (often referred to as UDID), [[which is why all android users ought apply
PDroid XPosed framework & XPrivacy]] mobile carrier, device manufacturer and phone number. We also collect information about your usage of, and activity on, our Services. We and service providers acting on our behalf, such as Google Analytics
to send you text messages;
Where permitted by law, and if you have not opted out, for telemarketing purposes;
In the acceptable use policy you agree that in the relationship only freedompop may abuse your privacy, endanger your security, send spam, perpetrate fraud, mislead others, engage in “deceptive advertising or [deceptive] communication”, collect personal information of others.
For example FreedomPop explicitly claims that there are no caps or throttling but in the above acceptable use policy: “will monitor both overall network performance and individual resource consumption to determine if any user is consuming a disproportionate amount of available resources… [reserve the right to throttle or cap]“. Which seems especially odd for a company that charges per meg overage penalties. FreedomPop will use the phone number they collected “only for fedex” to call you during such operations.
If you are unavailable or do not respond to FreedomPop’s attempt to contact you regarding excessive use, or if excessive use is ongoing or recurring and repeatedly having negative effects on other subscribers of the Services, then FreedomPop reserves the right to immediately restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Broadband Service (and/or other applicable Services) without further notice
Despite your use of a $90, 8 party, FreedomPop wifi device you may not
sell, provision, resell, rent, lend, pledge, transfer, distribute or exploit any portion of the Services or Equipment without FreedomPop’s prior written consent in each instance.
When otherwise is not an illicitly obtained phone number what is it?
When feasible, upon observation of a violation of this AUP, FreedomPop may attempt to contact you by e-mail at the e-mail address you have provided to us or otherwise to notify you of the violation
it’s free: simply give them money, and operate amid a penalty minefield. Terms are subject to nefarious changes especially materially to financially benefit freedompop at your perilous expense. FreedomPop seems evil.
For a similarly evil experience (with a non-refundable lower mifi fee plus outrageous “shipping” fee) consider suffering at the hands of Netzero 4g. Free netzero is 200 megs. Amusingly netzero “requires” you not MAC spoof or alter device unique identifier. hahaha riiight
PDroid XPosed framework with XPrivacy. Netzero requires completion of third party “offers” and spam generating “opt” in activities.
If you must have mifi or 4g contract directly with ClearWire via clear.com or via an ethical reseller (not “freedom”pop). [[ClearWire now owned by Sprint]]
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free 4g from “free”dompop? How gullible are you? Answer in terms of dollars.