Nearly every week I get an email asking me the same question. “What is the cheapest home internet provider?” Frankly, we frugalites have figured out how to cut our cable bill by streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime. We’ve ditched our landline for mobile plans with unlimited minutes. But that pesky home internet bill. How can we save there?
Cheapest Home Internet Provider
Meet FreedomPop. FreedomPop is the answer to “what’s the cheapest home internet solution?” In fact, it’s so cheap that it’s free. (I’m not kidding) Yes, the basic FreedomPop home internet plan is free. You do need to buy their modem/router for a one-time fee of $98 shipped, but after that you can get free home internet. As in f-r-e-e. (Details below on how to get the modem)
FreedomPop Home Internet Plans
If I haven’t said it enough, yes FreedomPop’s basic internet plan is free. But, it only gives you 1GB of data transfer per month at a not-so-high speed before you’re charged an overage fee for every megabyte you go beyond 1GB.
FreedomPop’s upgraded plans, although they aren’t free, are still incredibly low-priced (I beg you to disagree):
- $9.99/month for 5GB of data at speeds up 1.5Mpbs
- $14.99/month for 10GB of data at speeds up to 3Mpbs
- $18.99/month for 10GB of data at speeds up to 12Mpbs, which is twice as fast as my DSL. Plus, your first month is free.
What’s the Catch?
If there’s any catch it’s the overage fees. These plans will allow you to use the internet as much as you want, but after you’ll pay a pretty penny for it once you exceed your plan’s limit.
To mitigate that risk you can pay $2/month to get usage alerts. With a usage alert FreedomPop will email you a head’s up as you approach your usage limit. It’s probably a well-spent $2 per month. I’ve shown you how to opt out of these alerts, if you desire, in the image above.
How to Get Cheap Home Internet from FreedomPop
- Input your information on FreedomPop’s website to confirm service near you (I have a second email account I use exclusively to sign up for online offers like this)
- Pick your service plan. Notice that you will pay an overage fee if you exceed your plan’s data limit
- Opt in or out of usage alerts. Like I said, this is $2/month well-spent.
- Buy your modem. You pay a one-time fee of $98 shipped to have your Freedom Hub Burst modem/router sent to you (pictured above)
- Activate. During the checkout process for your modem you are also authorizing FreedomPop to charge you monthly for any services you’ve subscribed to.
FreedomPop also has similar free and really cheap offerings for mobile phones and wireless hot spots.
Who’s going to check this out? (Since I make a living online I can’t live with a 10GB data requirement or I’d be all. over. this. Instead, I’ll live vicariously through you and your home internet savings!)