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Guys, does Waze give any sort of rationale for taking a semi-serious detour off the interstate? My Garmin (with HD traffic) usually says there's a problem ahead and proposes an alternate route(s). Is it just blind faith with Waze and we should believe it when it says to detour :(

I was on my first real road trip this weekend with Waze. It said to get off the highway in the middle of nowhere and head north on some alternate roads. We were supposed to be heading south. Turns out, Waze was 100% correct with its recommendation and being a new user, I didn't buy into it. Big mistake on my part, we sat in traffic for a long time due to a serious accident :(
 

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Waze has led me on some head scratcher routes on occasion. But especially if you’re on any kind of major highway trust it if it tells you to exit and you see no reason for it—yet. I’ve cut big chunks of time off a trip due to wrecks or construction I didn’t know was there till it would’ve been too late to get around it. The more people that use it in an area, the better it is.

But no, it doesn’t always tell you WHY it found a faster route. Might be nice if it did more thorough explanations but it will say things like traffic building ahead, if you notice it.
 

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Something of note on this FreedomPop system I learned this weekend that's not so great: Uber rejects phone numbers that are VOIP, so I could not use the app.

I've been doing some reading on this and lots of others have encountered the same. Doesn't seem anyone has found a work-around except to get yet another phone number from Google Voice (??).
 

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Something of note on this FreedomPop system I learned this weekend that's not so great: Uber rejects phone numbers that are VOIP, so I could not use the app.

I've been doing some reading on this and lots of others have encountered the same. Doesn't seem anyone has found a work-around except to get yet another phone number from Google Voice (??).
I have some ideas on this, making a note to respond once I get back later today.

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Update: I hit the end of my first 30-day cycle and was hoping my unused (500MB or 50% of allocation) data would roll over - - it did not. I've started the next thirty day cycle with 1 GB of data. Tried to do some more reading on how it gets rolled forward and it seems you've got to jump thru all sorts of hoops to make it happen or you can pay them a fee to roll it forward.

The 1GB of data on that phone will be far more than adequate. However, I don't believe I could revert to their free program with 200MB of data/month.

I don't know if I mentioned this, but there's a vast difference in telephone call quality between 3G and LTE on their VOIP system. My old Motorola G2 did not have LTE and the call quality was essentially unusable - - it was that bad. Now I'm finding the call quality on this new Motorola G6 (LTE) is vastly better. In fact, some claim the additional bandwidth on LTE/VOIP "could" provide better clarity than the traditional cell phone channels. I've only done a couple of LTE calls, but they've been crystal clear.
 

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Midd, I haven't attempted that. Here's a bit from FreedomPop: Does FreedomPop support tethering?

This $50/yr service and the 1GB of monthly data is working out well for me. I still have concerns about using their VOIP system for phone calls. It's not really meeting my expectations on a consistent basis.
 
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Midd, have you been keeping an eye on your monthly data consumption volume?
 

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Has anyone tried this with a wifi hotspot?

I'm Canadian with lots of family in the States and I'd love to avoid paying my carrier $7/day to use my phone in the States. I think the free plan would work fine for my needs as I'm only over for a few days a month visiting family, but the cost of a hotspot would be paid for in 1 month compared to $7/day with my carrier right now. Free is good so long as I can tether my phone to a hotspot. I do not want to swap SIMs... I've had nothing but trouble trying this in the past, hence why I currently just pay the premium to use my phone when I visit.
 

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Has anyone tried this with a wifi hotspot?

I'm Canadian with lots of family in the States and I'd love to avoid paying my carrier $7/day to use my phone in the States. I think the free plan would work fine for my needs as I'm only over for a few days a month visiting family, but the cost of a hotspot would be paid for in 1 month compared to $7/day with my carrier right now. Free is good so long as I can tether my phone to a hotspot. I do not want to swap SIMs... I've had nothing but trouble trying this in the past, hence why I currently just pay the premium to use my phone when I visit.
Just an FYI I was able to order a FREE hotspot from them which I plan to downgrade to the free tier. Cost me $10 setup fee.
 

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Will you report back and let us know if it's working as you'd expect?
 

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Will you report back and let us know if it's working as you'd expect?
Will do! I tried the 1 day shipping option as I was in Michigan this weekend but the order is still "processing" so I was actually able to refund the priority shipping back to free as I won't be back for a few weeks, but I'll definitely report on how it works out.
 

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I really don’t get this company. They’ve now cancelled my account. It’s impossible to talk to a human. I don’t get it.
 

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Yeah, others certainly complain about the same.

People have learned that if you post on their website ("community forum") that you'll get assistance almost immediately. That was my experience when I tried to deal with the initial set up, Jake.
 

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I really don't know what to think. On a lark I tried logging in today to see if I could resolve the account closure and it's all back saying that it's preparing for shipment. I guess for free I can't expect much in the way of customer service lol!!

If I ever do receive it I'll probably post a new thread and link it here.
 

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I would temper your expectations. While I'd never make excuses for someone else (some random company), I am very thankful my device is set up and running as expected. I just have to pay them once a year and hope I don't need any further interaction with them.
 

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Yeah at this point if the thing arrives at all I'll be overjoyed. If it doesn't work I'll just sell it!
 

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SO @jake072 any update? I've been considering grabbing a SIM for a spare device and downgrading to the free plan.

And to anyone, I'm curious, does the free plan carry the $2.99/mo administrative fee they show below?

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Is so, then is the "Free" plan really $40.87 for year 1 then $35.88 for every other year? Or is the free plan just the $7.98 for initial SIM kit and 1st month then no other fees/costs?
 

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