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FreedomPop's free unlimited WhatsApp SIM comes to the UK

Engadget logo Engadget 1/09/2016 Jamie Rigg
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FreedomPop is famed for its free, barebones mobile plan, and for its next trick, the operator is mixing up the formula a little bit. Following a similar launch in the US, the provider's new WhatsApp SIM has come to the UK, offering 200MB of data, 100 minutes and unlimited WhatsApp messaging each month completely free.

To be clear, any data traffic through WhatsApp doesn't eat into that 200MB allowance, and better yet, the perk isn't restricted to the UK. You can also use WhatsApp to your heart's content in 30 other countries at no extra cost. The roaming aspect covers the US, most of Europe and the Asian countries of Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

If you're hunting for a catch, then the lack of a text allowance could be considered one, though the idea is WhatsApp has you covered there. But should you send an SMS or three, you'll be on the hook for overage charges. As FreedomPop is a data-driven service -- the provider's mobile apps handle standard calls and texts -- you only need to worry about how much of that, single resource you're chewing through on out-of-plan calls, texts and internet usage. Each additional megabyte costs 2 pence, though you can shell out £15 per 1GB upfront if you see yourself having a particularly active month.

If you feel like sending more money FreedomPop's way, then as always you can bolt additional features onto your plan for a couple of quid each month, such as usage alerts, visual voicemail and extra, international (virtual) numbers. Stick to WhatsApp and within your free allowances, though, and you're laughing. The new WhatsApp SIM is available now for nothing more than a £5 postage fee -- an acceptable trade, we're sure you'll agree.


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