A new Service has launched in case people aren't aware. If you turn off the extra services and drop it down to the most basic package it's 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB a month free provided you stay in those limits (more than enough for a punting sim I think).
I'm wondering how safe this is to use as a punting phone.
I tried Freedompop late last year after getting the sim send free for Black Friday in November and it was terrible. I got rid of it within a week as it was so bad. Literally dreadul.
Some things to mention. They work exclusively by Voice Over IP. This means depending on the phone you ring this can cause you to be automatically blocked. As VoiceOverIP is synonymous with African/Indian call centres trying to cold call you so many blocking apps and devices will just auto block all VoiceOverIP calls to them and you need to manually enable them. Many
people have these installed on their phones these days for this very reason.
The other issue is, some providers because its VoiceOverIP set your number to display as "unavailable". This means girls will possibly ignore you as they always say you cannot call from withheld numbers which on their phone display you are.
I think I also needed to have the Freedompop app running in the background to allow the calls to work as its voice over IP. And this was very temprimental and often just didn't work.
Like I say I got right pissed off by it and gave up within a week. You are much better off getting Three's 200mb Data free 321 sim. This is a sim designed for use on MIFI devices and not phones. But it still works as a normal phone sim so just don't tell Three that is what you use it for,
I have beeing using it on my main phone for about two months now and not noticed any issues.http://www.three.co.uk/datareward
This is great for Whatsapp use. And you can even call people via whatsapp so you are getting free calls too. After that its 3p per minute calling and 2p per min text and 1p per MB.
Adding £5 onto this as a punting phone will last many months.
I would rather pay £5 and get the above than all the hassle with Freedonpop's free service. Plus there have been many posts on places like hotukdeals as people have found too late there have been hidden/ghost charges with them.