FreeUP Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that offers prepaid cell phone plans and cell phones on AT&T’s 4G LTE network aimed at customers with lower budgets. They set themselves apart with a rewards program that allows customers to participate in surveys, referrals, and other activities to lower the price of their bills. With top-rated coverage and great affordability, FreeUP Mobile could be the carrier for you.
Read all about FreeUP cell phone plans available below.
FreeUP’s Free Plan is a nice option for people who do not make very many phone calls, send texts, or use A lot of data.
Individual FreeUP Mobile Plans
FreeUP Free Plans
FreeUP has a unique plan that allows you to pay $0/month. It comes with 1,000 texts or talk minutes and no data. You also receive other basic calling functions such as:
- Caller ID
- Call waiting
- 3-way calling
For additional needs, FreeUP plans include options for:
- Additional Minutes: $5 for 250 additional minutes
- Data: $5 for 200MB of 4G LTE data
- International calling: $5 for pay as you go calling to 100+ countries
With FreeUP, leftover add-on minutes will not rollover to the next billing cycle.
Because the FreeUP Free Plan lacks many features without upgrading, the deal is more of a lure to gain customers who will undoubtedly need to upgrade to more talk, text, and data options.
However, FreeUP’s Free Plan is a nice option for people do not make very many phone calls, send texts, or use much data. For seniors or anyone who is happy to use WiFi for most of their smartphone data needs, the FreeUP Free Plan is a great inexpensive option. Or, if you have children who need a phone for emergency calls but you don’t want to give data access, this plan could be a perfect solution.
With FreeUP, you are required to renew your service at the end of each month. While paid plans include an auto-renew option, Free Plan subscribers need to manually renew their service. You also may only have one Free Plan per person.
FreeUP will cut your data off when you reach your limit, unlike some other carriers who will just slow your data down.
FreeUP Unlimited Plans
FreeUP’s Free Plan can also be upgraded to “Unlimited” plans. Despite the name, these do not include unlimited data. This upgraded offer includes:
- unlimited talk and text within the U.S. and to Mexico and Canada.
- high-speed data packages ranging from 200MB to 2GB.
With FreeUP’s included data packages, you get access to AT&T’s 4G speeds and no speed restrictions. That means FreeUP will not slow or deprioritize your high-speed data as other carriers might. Nevertheless, data stops in its tracks once over your designated limit with this plan, so this isn’t exactly a benefit, especially when compared to MVNO carriers that simply slow down your data speeds until your allowance resets.
Like the Free Plan, you may still add on additional data packages. This costs $10/GB up to 12GB in total.
FreeUP’s unlimited data plan comes with 12GB of high-speed data. Once you use 12GB of data, your data will be slowed to 2G speeds.
FreeUP Unlimited Global Calling Plans
FreeUP Mobile also has unlimited plans with a focus on international calling. FreeUP Unlimited Global Calling plans include:
- unlimited global talk and text to 100+ countries.
- high-speed data packages ranging from 250MB to 8GB (and one unlimited data plan).
FreeUP’s one unlimited data plan comes with 12GB of high-speed data. Once you use 12GB of data, your data will be slowed to 2G speeds. Note: For calling countries that are not included in FreeUp’s international calling package, you can add $5 PayGo (pay as you go) to your account.
FreeUP Unlimited Global Calling plans offer much larger data plans than their national talk and text options, in addition to the perk of calling almost anyone in the world for free. If you need more data and like to call friends and family abroad, this may be a great option.
Upgraded FreeUP plans allow you to reduce your bill’s monthly bill to $0/month when you use the FreeUP Rewards mobile app and engage in activities such as:
- Clipping coupons
- Playing online games
- Shopping with specified deals
- Taking surveys
- Using local offers
- Watching videos
- Referring family and friends
According to FreeUP, even doing half an hour of these activities every month can reduce your bill by $20. Considering that might average more than someone’s hourly rate at their day job, this isn’t a terrible deal. However, with very limited plans in the first place, this opportunity is definitely geared towards anyone on a skeleton budget.
FreeUp Rewards Earned by Activity
|Activity||FreeUp Rewards||Total Time Required|
|Print 1 coupon/day||$7/month||1-2 minutes|
|2-3 downloads/week||$4/month||5-10 minutes|
|Up to 10 searches/day||$3/month||5-10 minutes|
|Take 1 survey/week||$3/month||5-10 minutes|
|Watch 1 Video/day||$3/month||3-5 minutes|
|Total Rewards: $20||Total Time: 19-37 minutes|
FreeUP offers FreeUP Talk which is essentially WiFi calling (also known as Voice over IP). You can call cell phones or landlines anywhere in the world for free using their FreeUP Talk mobile application downloadable via Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
This feature is a great way to keep in contact with family overseas, even though you may have limited minutes or international calling options.
FreeUP Mobile Family Plans
FreeUP has no family plans, but their individual plans are affordable enough that you can have several without feeling like you’ve lost a boatload of dough. Unfortunately, this means you also won’t be able to manage multiple lines with one account. For better options for AT&T MVNO family plans, we recommend looking at Cricket Wireless.
Buy a FreeUP Cell Phone Outright or With Financing
FreeUP sells most Android and iPhone devices. You can buy them outright or with the assistance of Affirm, a third-party company that offers monthly payment plans with interest. Depending on your credit score, Affirm can charge up to 30% interest on its devices, so it’s not the best option for everyone.
With a FreeUP phone, you will also receive:
- Free SIM card
- Free shipping
- FreeUP Free Plan
Bring Your Own Phone
You can port your number to FreeUP and bring your own device (they can also assign you a random FreeUP mobile phone number) as long as it’s compatible with AT&T’s network (GSM devices). The process can take between 20 minutes to three business days.
You can check whether your phone is compatible with FreeUP online by entering your phone’s IMEI number. Once you’ve your free SIM card from FreeUP, you can activate it online by entering the activation code that came with the SIM.