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FreedomPop Review and Network Coverage

12th November 2021

FreedomPop is an innovative MVNO which runs on Three’s network and stands out by offering customers very cheap allowances. It used to also offer a completely free plan, but it doesn’t anymore.

As such it’s no longer quite as good as it once was, but it still has a reasonable amount going for it, as this review will show.

You’ll find full details of the good and bad of the network below, along with a look at its coverage, so you can make an informed decision as to whether it’s the right network for you.




Very cheap basic tariff

Tethering costs extra

Lots of optional extras

Low data limits


No roaming

Our Verdict 


As a Three MVNO, FreedomPop currently has 99.8% UK population coverage with 4G and 98.7% coverage with 3G. That's comparable to other networks and Three's network is improving quickly.

Freedom Pop Coverage

Network Type

Coverage by population







Use FreedomPop’s coverage checker above to find out more about Freedom Pop coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.

Towns and cities with partial or full coverage include:

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.

The full list is far too big to include here and is growing all the time, so if you don't have FreedomPop 4G coverage where you are now, you likely will do soon.

Coverage Comparison


4G Coverage by population







FreedomPop (Three)


As you can see in the chart above Three (and by extension FreedomPop) may well have the second most 4G coverage (with EE probably having more), though all the networks have similar amounts.

5G coverage

FreedomPop doesn’t offer 5G yet and hasn’t said if or when it will. It’s worth noting that the network will be reliant on Three for coverage though, meaning it can only roll 5G out to places where Three already has it. At the time of writing that means parts of at least 300 towns and cities.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

Opensignal – Mobile Network Experience, September 2021, and April 2020


Download/upload speeds

4G latency (ms)




FreedomPop (Three)









There aren’t many reports into FreedomPop’s speeds, but in an Opensignal report from September 2021, Three achieved an average download speed of 25.2Mbps, and an average upload speed of 6.3Mbps. However, this factored in a combination of 5G, 4G and 3G, so FreedomPop’s speeds may not be similar, since it doesn’t have 5G.

For 4G-only we have to look back to October 2020, where Three was found to have 4G download speeds of 22.2Mbps on average, which is the second slowest in the test. Its average 4G upload speeds of 8.0Mbps are also second slowest. As FreedomPop shares Three’s infrastructure and spectrum it’s likely to offer similar speeds.

Three’s latency (the amount of time it takes for the network to respond to a request), averaged 48.3ms in a report from April 2020 (used because recent reports don’t include latency), which is slower than any other tested network, so again, FreedomPop’s is likely to be similar, and that’s not so good.

Network Frequencies


Frequency Band



Band 20



Band 3



Band 1


FreedomPop uses the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands for 4G. The 800MHz band can travel over long distances, making it a good fit for rural locations, where there may not be many masts. But it can also do a good job of passing through walls and other objects, making it good for bringing 4G inside too.

1800MHz isn’t quite as long range or as adept at passing through walls, but it’s available in higher capacities, and this allows it to cope better with congested areas, such as city centres.

FreedomPop may one day also get access to Three’s 700MHz, 3.4GHz and 3.6-4GHz spectrum, but this will probably only happen if or when it starts offering 5G.

You can find in depth details of those bands in our 4G and 5G frequencies guide.

Planned improvements

FreedomPop hasn’t announced any planned improvements, though when it comes to coverage and speeds it’s reliant on Three anyway.

Three for its part is mostly focused on 5G right now, but that involves improving its network in ways that might also benefit FreedomPop.

Traffic management

At the time of writing, FreedomPop doesn’t publish a traffic management policy as far as we can find, but the company has previously said that it reserves the right to “engage in reasonable network management to protect the overall network, including analysing traffic patterns and preventing the distribution of viruses or other malicious code.”

It additionally stated that during periods of congestion it will use various network management techniques “such as reducing the data rate of individual bandwidth intensive users whose use is negatively impacting other users.” These limits are temporary, but for ongoing or recurring excessive use “FreedomPop reserves the right to immediately restrict, suspend or terminate your access.”


FreedomPop offers a small range of SIM Only plans, with the cheapest costing just £3.49 per month. There are other plans and extras though, which are detailed below.

Pay Monthly Phone Plans

FreedomPop does not currently offer any Pay Monthly plans.

SIM Only Plans

SIM Only Plans


Essential 1GB

Premium 2GB Premium 4GB









Data allowance




Premium Voice







Contract length

1 month

1 month

1 month

Data Rollover

* Additional cost

* Additional cost

* Additional cost

Spending Caps

* Additional cost

* Additional cost

* Additional cost


* Additional cost

* Additional cost

​* Additional cost

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FreedomPop has a handful of different SIM Only plans, highlighted in the table above, all of which come with an allowance of minutes, texts and data.

Additional services cost extra, with FreedomPop Premier for example allowing you to tether, get visual voicemail, usage alerts and roll over unused data, among other things, for £3.99 per month.

Alternatively, data rollover can be added on its own for £1.49. Note that these extras and their prices were correct last time we were able to check, however they’re no longer visible to non-subscribers and we’re waiting to hear back from the network as to whether they’re still accurate.

FreedomPop also has a range of offers (most of which involve filling in surveys) which reward you with free data, so you can potentially get a lot more than your allowance offers.

Ultimately, these plans make FreedomPop best for people who want to spend as little as possible, or who want a cheap secondary SIM card.

Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

FreedomPop does not currently offer any Data Only plans.

Pay As You Go

FreedomPop does not currently offer any Pay As You Go plans.


FreedomPop allows tethering but only if you subscribe to FreedomPop Premier, which costs £3.99 per month on top of any other costs.

WiFi Calling

Wi-Fi Calling refers to making calls, receiving calls and sending texts over Wi-Fi, rather than over a mobile network. It’s can be handy as indoor locations (where Wi-Fi is often available) can also often have signal blackspots, so Wi-Fi Calling ensures you can still stay in touch. FreedomPop offers this service and it works through the same apps as the standard FreedomPop service.


VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE and is also sometimes called 4G Calling. As you might have guessed from that name it means calling over 4G, rather than 3G or 2G. This isn’t a standard feature of mobile networks, but it means you can call in more places, as you’ll be able to use your phone when there’s a 4G signal but no 2G or 3G. However, VoLTE isn’t currently offered by FreedomPop.

Roaming Destinations

FreedomPop’s standard SIM cards don’t include free roaming on any plan. In fact, you can't roam at all.

However, the network used to offer ‘WhatsApp SIM cards’. These limit you to 3G data whether at home or abroad – so they’re less useful if you plan to mostly use your phone in the UK. But they include free data roaming in the following destinations:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.

Those are fewer locations than most networks now allow you to roam for free in, but they include destinations beyond Europe, which most rival networks don't. If you already have a WhatsApp SIM you may be able to keep using it to roam, but FreedomPop no longer offers this service to new customers.

Customer service

Customer service can be hard to judge, especially in FreedomPop’s case, as none of the recent studies and surveys have looked at this network.

The best we can do is look at its Trustpilot rating, which at the time of writing stands at 2.3 out of 5, which is classed as a ‘poor’ score, so customer service might not be great. It’s worth noting that FreedomPop’s site has become hard to navigate and find information on too, and generally feels a bit neglected.


FreedomPop is a solid network for one simple reason: it has plans that start at very low prices.

That makes it great if you’re a light user or want a second number that won’t cost you much. Paid bolt-ons such as tethering and data rollover also give it a number of additional strengths.

However, these can also make the price add up, and if you also need higher allowances than the basic tier offers you might find you’re better off on a conventional network. The lack of roaming also really hurts it and the fact that it no longer offers free plans is a big point against it.

Overall FreedomPop is an average network at best and tough to recommend as a primary network for all but the lightest users, but if that’s you, or you want a cheap plan for a second number, then it’s well worth a look.

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