Freedompop Phone Service Review: Frustration for Free!

Do you like being endlessly frustrated when technology refuses to work? Do you like logging in and logging out repeatedly just to get basic phone service? Do you enjoy low quality support and frustrating procedures?

Freedompop is for you!

As some background - I used to have Sprint, so tried to activate my old Motorola Photon 4G on the network. It "worked" but then would never connect... ok...

So when the Samsung Galaxy S2 came up for Freedompop on - I bought one. $90 for a second phone with a "free" network? I'll try it out. I also figured that because I was buying the phone from them, setup should be a breeze.

I was so wrong.

Even though the phone came directly from them, and is branded Freedompop - it can't connect to the internet over their network. It can make phone calls etc, but to actually get through to you know, data, you have to reset your connection.. oh.. 10-20 times. Pathetic.

Turns out this is a pretty common issue. Because they are trying to piggyback and share data, you don't have a "normal" connection to the Sprint network - this is not Virgin Mobile. Instead, you are logging in to a shared pool of data (Freedompop) and then it gets doled out - IF you can connect correctly.

So far - I have never been able to connect my phone over 3G. 4G is WIMAX - so screw that, it covers about 2% of the US and drains your battery like a flashlight in a horror movie.

Free phone - yes. Worth it? Absolutely not.

Absurd - the UK now has a $17,000 Speeding ticket

Not quite Swiss levels (which are based on your assets), but the fact that this comes from a speed camera... ridiculous.

The idiocy of Japan's whale hunt

Read this:

The picture is worth 1,000 words.

Long story, Japan wants to get back into the business of killing, or "research," Antarctic whales.

Fucking stupid.

With China on its doorstep and Japan searching for defense agreements with the US and Australia especially, what an idiotic time to take a stand on a barbaric and internationally reviled practice. Bad science, bad politics.

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