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America has some of the world’s most expensive cell phone plans and for absolutely no reason. Americans don’t protest, nor complain but are addicted to expensive phone plans. But other nations are not such. For instance, one of the many internet service providers in France launched their wireless network last week. Free – which is an ISP from France said that its two plans that it is offering has two tiers each.
If you’re already using Free to watch television and/or browse the internet, you get 60 minutes of talk time and 60 text messages a month for zilch. If you’re not a Free subscriber then that jumps up to just €2 per month. The unlimited plan is where things get interesting. If you’re already a Free subscriber then €16 per month will get you unlimited everything. Voice, data, texts, seriously everything. If you’re not using Free, then that jumps up to €20 per month, which is still an incredible deal when you think about it.
The network does not offer any phones yet so you have to get your own phone to your liking. Free’s low prices are a slap in the Face for the United states where AT&T and Verizon are free to charge consumers to their liking. Free’s attitude is that they’re just a data network and everything else they offer no top of said data, such as video or voice, is just extra. They also design their own equipment instead of buying off the shelf components, and most importantly they design their own setup boxes.
Also what is interesting is when you signup for Free’s internet or television services the box that they give you acts as a femtocell which routes your calls via the cellular antenna in the cable box instead of routing it over the resource constrained network.
Now the question we need to ask ourselves is, why aren’t ATT, Verizon, Sprint and Tmobile doing this?
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