FreedomPop's free data and voice service comes to tablets


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Even if your phone has good data plan, sometimes it is easier on the eyes to switch over to a tablet.

If you live in an area where FreedomPop offers service, you can now get the company’s (mostly) free data and voice service on your own Sprint-compatible LTE tablet, or purchase one from the company. Previously, FreedomPop's free plans were only available on smartphones.

Mobile data on a tablet is certainly nice to have, especially when travelling. FreedomPop’s free plan includes 500MB of data, 500 messages, and 200 voice minutes. The latter means you can use mobile voice capabilities on a tablet should the need arise, or for using services like Uber and Whatsapp, which are designed to be used with a phone number.

FreedomPop's device selection is limited to just two tablets, however: The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for $200 or the original (non-Retina) iPad mini for $320. Either is available in black or white. The devices FreedomPop sells are refurbished, but in like-new condition.

FreedomPop, of course, is also willing and able to sell you additional data if you wind up chewing through that free 500MB. Be sure to read the fine print if you sign up with the service to take advantage of its free offerings, however, to avoid being hit with surprise charges out of the blue.

FreedomPop also makes available several different phone models if you decide to go all-in with the company’s services. The same caveat applies if you decide to skip the FreedomPop-offered handsets to bring-your-own-phone—the device must be supported and Sprint-compatible.

Moving beyond FreedomPop, T-Mobile also offers a limited amount of free data for tablet users.

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