Earlier this year FreedomPop announced a global SIM card that offers 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data each month for free, aside from the one-time cost of the SIM card itself – $10. It's a pretty strong value proposition for frequent travelers, with coverage in the U.S., 24 European countries and more to come, but if that isn't enough to pique your interest now you don't even need to buy the SIM card to get the free voice and text allowance.

FreedomPop is making its iOS and Android apps available to everyone, regardless of which network they are on, with which you will get 200 minutes and 200 texts every month. The data quota is not included, of course, as that would only be possible with their SIM card.

Upon signing up to the service the app will assign you a virtual number in the U.S. or U.K. so you can make calls. WiFi-only devices can support the service too, and anyone that signs up to FreedomPop also gets 300 free minutes of international calls in the first month.

Of course FreedomPop hopes you'll eventually buy one of its added-value packages like unlimited calls and texts for $4 per month, or a second, foreign virtual number for cheap international calls. Or for those that do buy the FreedomPop Global SIM card, one of their data packages starting at $14 for 1GB up to $40 for 4GB with data rollover for an extra $4/month.

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