FreedomPop is a cellular service provider, available in the U.S., the U.K., Spain and Mexico. In the U.S. we offer affordable talk, text, and data plans, starting from $0.00 per month! We can provide such affordable service thanks to VoIP technology.
What is VoIP?
VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. Essentially, it means data, or the internet, is used for calling and texting instead of the cellular network.
According to Cisco.com:
“With VoIP, analog voice calls are converted into packets of data. The packets travel like any other type of data, such as e-mail, over the public Internet and/or any private Internet Protocol (IP) network.”
Therefore, instead of requiring hardwired phone lines, audio (meaning your voice when you are speaking to someone on your phone) is digitally converted into data and sent over the internet to your person receiving your call.
Specialized hardware is required to support regular cellular calls, while VoIP calls can be made using software (digitally). This makes the calls easier to manage, and most importantly, more affordable.
Are Cellular Calls Better?
A regular cellular call may provide clearer call quality, but this really depends on the strength of your internet connection and your coverage. Since VoIP calls rely on data, the same things that can disturb your internet connection, can disturb your calls. Weak signal strength, going through tunnels while driving, even standing next to large bodies of water (rivers, oceans) or railroad tracks.
Cellular calls can typically withstand these conditions without much effect to your call quality but VoIP calls are a bit more sensitive. In the majority of cases, however, VoIP calls match the call quality of cellular calls, while costing much less.
The Premium Voice Service
That said, some areas do not have a strong enough data signal, to support clear, quality VoIP calls. For this reason, we offer an add on called Premium Voice. This service will detect when you are in a poorly covered VoIP area and offer you a regular, cellular call instead.
We achieve this by purchasing limited access to Sprint’s cellular network, (in addition to our existing access to their data network) so that we may support all of our customers, despite their location. For more information on our Premium Voice service, click here!
If you have additional questions or concerns, please click here to learn how to get in touch with us. If you would like to sign up for FreedomPop's free calling, texting and data service, please visit freedompop.com.