France ISP Free builds its own cellular network, offers free service to subscribers

The fact that French ISP Free just began offering its own cellular service is pretty nice, but the realization that it did so by building its very own prepaid network – rather than simply hopping on a dedicated cellular provider’s towers – is a noteworthy feat. Even more impressive, Free is offering the service, appropriately called Free Mobile, to subscribers at a price that matches the name of the company. Sure, you’re not getting a ton of minutes with the basic free plan (60 minutes and 60 SMS / MMS messages), but you can get a load more (unlimited calls and texts, 3GB of data and unlimited access to the ISP’s WiFi hotspots) for 15.99. If you’re not a subscriber, fear not: you can grab the basic plan for 2 / month or the advanced option for 20. Free Mobile is still in the process of building out the network, which means that customers may find themselves occasionally roaming on Orange for a while. But hey, you can’t go wrong with free, eh? Check out this source to see the selection of phones available for purchase.