Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

October 7, 2012

FreedomPop free 4g is free except for the fees and evil billing practices

edit topical: solution alternative

Are you considering a secondary/portable internets access for entertainment  elsewhere?  Consider instead SickBeard as ethical usenet.  This will allow you to eliminate the cost of DVR rental at home leaving your funds to purchase LTE bandwidth while still reducing monthly  spending overall.  Do NOT enter into a contract with sprint/clear.  If clear/sprint only use Pay As You Go (if they require your social security number or the last four digits or openly declare the need for a ‘soft credit check’ you are being entered into the contractual relationship you need AVOID.).  To employ usenet ethically you must pay/license your tv/movie content through your ISP/satellite/other  amazon/netflix.  If you download from usenet without just compensation to content producers you will be ethically/legally guilty of piracy (depriving others of just wages).  You can ethically download programs from  ‘air channels’ or those you can receive with merely a tv and hd antenna when currently airing and within a few weeks of airing. Easily watch on TV device via xbmc or openelc on either root’d amazon fireTV or low cost RaspberryPi.



edit 2014:

“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

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 or via an ethical reseller (not “freedom”pop). [[ClearWire now owned by Sprint]]

# freedompop lies to customers, freedompop deception is rampant, freedompop dishonest practices await, behold freedompop trickery at every turn, warning freedompop evil inside, this freedompop scam continues, freedompop is a scam, freedomtrappop, freedompop rape, freedompop now has a phone scam, the wifi phones for freedompop make verizon spying seem pleasant

free 4g from “free”dompop?  How gullible are you?  Answer in terms of dollars.

alternative to freedompop 4g?  netzero 4g



501c3 line in the sand

Privacy is a right.  Privacy is NOT a commodity.


Please do not whore your privacy for “free” stuff/services.   It harms you AND harms others by eroding the Expectation of Privacy.

Privacy Rape as profit is extraordinary evil.  At the very least always AdBlock all interweb use.  Third party interweb ads = privacy rape.  Privacy ‘can’ be sold in much the same way children can be sold as a product:  both are evidently wrong.

501c3 line in the sand


  1. I truly agree. They are cheaters. I am have been completely cheated.

    Comment by Bhupen Kh — October 16, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  2. Um what? I fail to see this… if privacy is a concern you can use a [vpn] {snip}

    {marketing blathering snip}

    The part about the $10 top-up, you can disable that, when you do they just shut off your connection if you use up your data till next month {snip}

    Comment by Lance — May 26, 2013 @ 10:02 am

  3. Lance, how do you fail to see the SCAM angle? Or you don’t grasp that “not-free” is not synonymous with “free”?

    How will routing through a third party like VPN make third party offers less privacy rapey? Will you use a unique VPN account each session? How will _you_ sanitize your interweb browser profile? Will you refrain from any personal communication in the session? How will _you_ prevent harvesting your unique identifiers?

    Can you disable the $0.99 5meg penalty without losing your account or turning your access device into a paper weight? Do point to the first party URL backing your claim.

    goodness you’re not digitizing enough of yourself via twit*r. Why not live streaming video or realtime GPS tracking with 24×7 history? Buy yourself an EyeFi ProX2 card! cross post to your TWIT/facetard audience, blog and sFTP.

    Comment by Sagacious Himself — June 10, 2013 @ 3:17 am

  4. Love how you [operate your site. I hope to become less feckless in the future. Until then I’m taking my abuse elsewhere. Lance]


    { Had you not noticed how I loathe all spam? Take your spammentality, leave, and spam no more if you want absolution. Your profile is not well sanitized (38.582180,-121.410721) }

    Comment by Lance Geroso — July 31, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

  5. Reblogged this on martinicity.

    Comment by Martinicity — August 17, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  6. Spam, abuse, and death threats are subject to editing and or redaction. The latter will win you a visit from some men in suits. As always upgraded diction is designated clearly.

    Lance couldn’t be bothered to answer follow up questions. New weak marketing hire? We might never know.

    Comment by Sagacious Himself — September 28, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

  7. Can you offer/refer something better than freedompop? I know there are hidden costs and stuff like that but I can see this being the cheapest possible service if you can work with it in comparison to others.

    Comment by James Sicilia — January 10, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

  8. Better how? Better and cheaper are antithetical.

    They are not providing their own infrastructure. You understand that right?

    If their service was actually given away how would they profit- or even break even on the bandwidth- and access they purchase to provide?

    Perhaps you can find a less dishonest M.N.V.O. suiting your requirements if other than something for nothing.

    free = without cost

    financial is not the only payment. Privacy Rape as profit is the cost/payment model of choice for adware (malware) and websites not understanding the design intent of the interweb.

    Would you agree it is wrong to hurt others for profit?

    Comment by Sagacious Himself — April 25, 2014 @ 7:42 am

  9. Reblogged this on Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius and commented:

    considering freedom pop? don’t do it. Alternative as requested:

    Comment by Sagacious Himself — July 24, 2014 @ 10:27 am

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