How FreedomPop's free mobile plan will workAndroid users will have the choice of a free mobile service this summer, the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10 finally hits U.S. stores, and Audi cars tells drivers where to find a parking space.
It's time to get a free smartphone plan and let your car find a parking space. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. How does a free mobile plan sound? Too good to be true? Well, it's real, and it's an option for Android users starting this summer. The wireless service FreedomPop will offer free smartphone plans on Android devices. Here's how it works. The free part is limited, it's just 500 megabytes of 4G data which could be gobbled up pretty fast if you're streaming videos and music. The free plan also includes unlimited text messages and 200 voice minutes a month. You'll have to be really disciplined with data and use WiFi often if you want to keep things free. But even if you want a little more data, it's still crazy cheap. FreedomPop CEO, Stephen Stokols explained to me that he's planning to have two voice plan upgrades-- pay $6 for 500 minutes or $10 for unlimited minutes. And as for data, 2 gigs just cost $18. FreedomPop has scoured the used phone market for popular Android phones in like new condition. And they'll be selling these refurbished phones to go along with the plans. For one example, Stokols said they planned to sell the HCT Evo 4G for $150 without a contract. Customers can also use FreedomPop service on an existing Sprint Android phone. So, how can FreedomPop afford to give away plans for free? Well, it buys data in bulk from Sprint, and it hopes you won't mind paying a little more for an upgrade. In fact, for those that bought the company's wireless hotspot, many do pay to upgrade the plans. The pay tiers can be changed on a monthly basis, say, if you need a little more data before going on a trip. We'll know more about this service by the end of summer. The time has come for BlackBerry keyboard addicts to finally get their paws on the new BlackBerry with physical keys. The BlackBerry Q10 just landed at T-Mobile stores for a down payment of $100. And Verizon said it'll have the phone in stores on Monday, June 10th, for $200 with the contract. It's selling a unique white version. No word on a lunch date for the other carriers, but AT&T is taking preorders. The keyboard on the Q10 is the largest BlackBerry keyboard yet, so it's comfortable to type on. The technology in cars these days can help you parallel park, but Audi takes it a step further. A new Audi connect service could help you find a parking space. Owners of Audis with Audi Connect online service can now see a list of parking garages and lots near the driver's destination. It displays info on the garage's prices and hours. But if the garage is already high tech, it will even show how many parking spaces are still available. That's your Tech News Update. You could find more details on these stories at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.