Updated: November, 2016
Introduction to FreedomPop 4G
FreedomPop is an innovative MVNO which runs on Three’s network. Its basic tariff is completely free other than a one-time charge to receive and activate the SIM card and it gives you 200MB of 4G data, 200 minutes and 200 texts every month. There are other meatier tariffs available too, but they have a monthly charge attached.
Currently FreedomPop is only available in the UK and the US, but it plans to roll out to other countries soon and is set to offer roaming for free when it does.
As it uses Three’s infrastructure in the UK it has the same level of coverage, amounting to over 63% of the population right now. That’s an old figure, so the actual coverage is probably a lot higher, but Three hasn’t published it. However, we know that the network has an aim of ultimately providing 4G to at least 98% of the UK population. We also know that, based on OpenSignal’s data, Three customers have a 4G connection 39.77% of the time – which as with network coverage trails rivals, but you can expect that figure to grow.
FreedomPop 4G Network Overview
Types of 4G from FreedomPop:
- Standard 4G – Around 5 times faster than a standard 3G network.
4G from FreedomPop uses the following network frequencies:
- 800 MHz (0.8 GHz)
- 1800 MHz (1.8 GHz)
Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.
FreedomPop 4G Coverage
As a Three MVNO FreedomPop currently has well over 63% UK population coverage with 4G. Towns and cities with partial or full coverage include but are not limited to: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Swindon, Watford and York.
Use FreedomPop’s 4G coverage checker here to find out more about the network’s coverage in your area, including details of both indoor and outdoor coverage.