Here at AndrodGuys we’re big fans of MVNOs and their small business. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a MNVO is a wireless service provider that does not have its own infrastructure and licenses network access from other carriers.
This week’s MNVO news comes from FreedomPop, the Los Angeles-based started which just announced it is now offering subscribers access to the AT&T network via a new SIM card (priced at $10) and a new hotspot (priced at $30).
Previously, FreedomPop allowed users to tap only into Sprint’s network and now the new option gives users more variety.
The hotspot comes with 2GB of free data, while the SIM card can be used in concert with any GSM-compatible phone.
However, like with most service plans, there are a few caveats with what FreedomPop is offering. For starters, the free plan includes only 200 minutes of talk, 500 text messages and 200MB of data which might not be enough for the majority of users.
Those who want more can jump onboard with a paid option, the most expensive one offering 10GB of data for $74.99 a month.
FreedomPop has gained a reputation of being a low-cost service provider. The MVNO’s tactics for keeping rates down include relying mostly on Wi-Fi access and zero-rating – a practice which allows access to apps and services without tapping in to the allotted data. The virtual carrier is also always looking to strike friendly deals with big carrier players like AT&T.