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‘FreedomPop’ announces budget phone to complement free mobile service

The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) currently offers free basic call & data service on top of other carriers’ networks & now sells its own brand Android mobile phone at a very reduced cost.

The company announced availability of the FreedomPop V7 Dual SIM smartphone in the UK & Spain, with the US & other markets to come soon. It’s a somewhat underpowered phone, much like its free service which is limited to only 200 MB of data, 200 minutes in phone calls & 200 texts per month.

You can check our coverage of FeedomPop’s mobile offer here.

But for only £59 / €59 you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spec, low end phone.

Here are the highlights:

  • 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 5” IPS screen
  • Resolution of 1280×720 pixels
  • 13 MP auto-focus rear camera & VGA front-facing camera
  • 16 GB internal memory & 1 GB RAM
  • MicroSD slot allows expansion of up to 32 GB
  • Removable 2100 mAH Li-ion battery

The phone isn’t locked to FreedomPop, so you can use it with any other operator, & it’s really handy if you want to try out FreedomPop while keeping your current carrier, since the phone is dual SIM, meaning you can have 2 separate phone numbers active on it at the same time.

FreedomPop has been expanding internationally at a rapid pace of late. It was founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Its main focus is to provide free mobile phone service for free, hoping that clients will upgrade to one of its less limited pay plans. It’s gone beyond servicing the US & is now present in Mexico, the UK, Spain & in 30+ countries.

You can buy a FreedomPop V7 here if you’re in the UK at the company’s Online store. In fact, if you’re in the UK you can also take advantage of the fact that the phone will run three’s 4G & 3G network & you’ll get free shipping when you order your phone from the online store.

Be advised, though, that the company says that the phone is available on a “first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.”