The Freebox Pop is the name of the latest generation of boxes from Free. This round box and its Player under Android TV 9 are available from € 29.99 per month for one year and € 39.99 beyond. Release date, price and technical sheet, we tell you everything there is to know about the box.
📅 What is the release date of the Freebox Pop?
Free presented the Freebox Pop at an event in Paris on July 7, 2020. It is now available for new subscribers on the Free site, but also for those who already have a Free subscription. It is perfectly possible for them to migrate to the Freebox Pop by going to the “subscription” page of their Free account. To date, and despite many delivery problems, the Freebox Pop had 1 million copies distributed as of January 1, 2021.
💸 What is the price of the subscription, activation and termination of the Freebox Pop?
The price of the Freebox Pop is one of the most attractive on the market since it is displayed at € 29.99 per month without commitment the first year, then € 39.99 per month beyond.
- Subscription price: € 39.99 / month (€ 29.99 / month for new subscribers in the first year)
- Setup fees : 49 €
- Security deposit: € 0 (direct debit) or € 400 in other cases
- Termination Fee : 49 €
- Duration of engagement: any
Note that it is possible to compose your offer as you wish. It is for example possible to refuse the Player box, to avoid waste. If the price of the subscription remains the same, a reduction of 10 € on the first month of the subscription is however offered. Also note that you can order multiple repeaters. This costs € 20 per additional repeater (up to 3), not including shipping costs.
🔛 Can we migrate from another Free box to the new Freebox Pop?
Yes, it is fully possible to change your current Free offer, in order to opt for the Freebox Pop. Free has set up a page for its current subscribers. The procedure is quite simple and Free is rather generous. Indeed, the manufacturer offers free migration to Pop if you already have a Freebox Mini 4K. No need to pay extra cost. Posting and shipping costs, which usually peak at $ 10 each, were offered in the first month to get more subscribers to migrate.
⚡️ What are the new features of the Freebox Pop?
The Freebox Pop consists of a server, of a TV box, as well as a mesh WiFi repeater. The three extremely compact boxes offer Internet access with a shared downstream speed of up to 5 Gb / s, as well as an improved TV offer under Android TV 9.
Freebox Pop: the server
The white box is the server. This Camembert has on the top a small OLED display which allows it to display information such as the Freebox Revolution, for example a QR Code to simplify connection to your WiFi network.
The Freebox Pop is a fiber box. It does not give access to a speed of 10 Gb / s like the Freebox Delta, but still offers a very comfortable 5 Gb / s downstream and 700 Mb / s amounts. This bandwidth is actually shared, since we benefit from two Ethernet ports at 1 Gb / s and a port at 2.5 Gb / s. In addition, the Wi-Fi 5, which equips the Freebox Pop, does not allow a speed of 5 Gb / s to be reached. This speed of downlink transfer is therefore well distributed among all the equipment in the house. Note that Free does not automatically activate a 5 Gb / s connection with all Freebox Pop. It is generally restricted to 1 Gb / s.
Since the beginning of the year, the FreeWifi community network no longer works on the Freebox Pop. This deactivation has since been extended to all Freeboxes. With the massive deployment of 4G and the recent arrival of 5G, the operator believes that the service, which allowed Free subscribers to connect to a box of another subscriber, is no longer relevant.
Freebox Pop: the TV Player
The set-top box, or Player TV if you prefer, is still smaller than the server. We find the same round design as the server, but in a black color. In addition, the Player box does not include no screen. Running using Android TV 9, it is 4K compatible and with most HDR formats (HDR 10, HLG, Dolby Vision and THC Prime).
On the software side, it is therefore Android TV 9 that we find on this TV box, as well as a brand new TV interface called OQEE. Simpler and easier to access, it offers better ergonomics and improved navigation possibilities compared to what can be found on the mini 4K. This interface allows quick access to any content, whether it is a replay, a series or a film in VOD, and of course a live TV channel.
The box also allows viewing on Prime Video, Disney +, Canal + and Netflix. Finally, note that the best moments of Ligue 1 will be available for free in the form of extracts. If the full matches are not accessible, it is still nice to be able to watch your team’s most memorable moments. Note also that Canal + Series is offered for one year, while Disney + is free for 6 months.
Freebox Pop: the high-end wifi repeater
This repeater is a mesh repeater similar to products like the Google Nest Wifi. It makes it very easy to improve the coverage in your home, without having to configure anything. Just plug in the extender and immediately enjoy an improved WiFi network. An LED helps to position the repeater in the ideal location. It is possible to add as many repeaters as you want to strengthen your connectivity. A repeater is included with the Freebox Pop. Note that it will cost you € 10 per additional repeater, the amount corresponding to the shipping costs.
⚙️ What is the technical sheet of the Freebox Pop and its Player?
A part, only, of the data sheet of the Freebox Pop Server and Player has been revealed:
Freebox Pop Server
- 5 Gb / s fiber internet access | 700 Mb / s
- WiFi AC 1200 connectivity with MU-MIMO (2.4 + 5 GHz), Multi-AP, AP Steering, positioning LEDs
You do not need to connect to the usual 192.168.1.1 address to configure the Freebox Pop. Three very comprehensive ways allow you to customize the operation of the server. Firstly, Freebox OS, which you find with all Freeboxes and not only with the Freebox Pop.
Freebox Pop is a virtual office which brings together several “applications” to set your IP connection, launch downloads, consult the files on the Freebox (or on the hard disks connected to it), create user accounts, verify identity devices connected via WiFi or consult the interactive program guide. Freebox OS was updated at the end of June 2021. This update is almost only aesthetic.
Second way to configure a Freebox Pop: the smartphone application Freebox Connect. This allows you not only to manage your server, but also to regulate many aspects of the operation of the Freebox Pop. Almost all the functions offered by Freebox OS are integrated in it, grouped together in a more fun and intuitive way. The most advanced functions are however absent.
Third way, the smartphone application Freebox. It was initially developed to accompany the launch of the Freebox Delta, but it also works with the Freebox Pop. However, certain functions dedicated to the Freebox Delta will be inaccessible, such as viewing remote television channels. This function is provided by the OQEE app for iOS, iPadOS, tvOS and Android. This was unveiled on July 20, 2021.
Freebox Pop Player
- Android TV 9
- Quad-core SoC Cortex-A53 Amlogic S905X2, more powerful than that of the Freebox Revolution and 40% more economical
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB internal storage
- WiFi AC connectivity
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE
- 4K HDR + DolbyVision
- Dolby Audio + DTS HD + Dolby Surround 5.1 + Dolby Atmos compatible
The Player box comes with a new remote control. It mainly has three buttons to directly access Netflix, Prime Video or the new TV interface of the box.
The television function of the Freebox Pop is provided by an application called OQEE by Free. It is accessible directly on the Android TV home screen. This application provides access to the Free package (550 channels, including 220 free), as well as to the main Replay services, to the recordings made on the virtual hard disk (100 GB free, then it becomes chargeable) and to the controls of the direct: pause, return to the beginning, etc.
This application developed on Android TV for the Freebox Pop was rolled out in July 2021 on four other operating systems: tvOS for Apple TV 4K, iOS for iPhone, iPadOS for iPad and Android for smartphones and tablets. This application provides access to all of OQEE’s usual functions and even to resume viewing of content started on another screen. Thanks to it, a subscriber can watch OQEE programs even outside his home. And it has multiple screens, without the Multi screen option. The application allows up to 5 simultaneous connections maximum.
Finally, note that you have the choice of Player with the Freebox Pop. If you have mostly Apple devices, you can buy an Apple TV 4K from Free. Its price is 96 euros, or 2 euros per month for two years. OQEE is preinstalled. It connects itself to the WiFi network of the Freebox. And it is accompanied by a specific remote control. The price of the Freebox Pop subscription does not change.
🔌 What is the connection of the Freebox Pop?
The three boxes unveiled by Free have a fairly complete connection:
Freebox Pop Server
- 1 2.5 Gb / s Ethernet port
- 2 1 Gb / s Ethernet ports
- 1 xDSL port
- 1 telephone port (RJ11)
- 1 SFP port (fiber)
- 1 power supply port (USB type C)
- 1 USB port 3
Freebox Pop Player
- 1 Ethernet 1 Gb / s port
- 1 HDMI 2.1 port
- 1 S / PDIF port
- 1 DVB-T2 TNT antenna port
- 1 USB port 3
Freebox Pop Repeater
- 1 Ethernet port
- 1 power supply port (USB type C)
- 1 “Reset” button
📦 Which box does the Freebox Pop really replace?
Xavier Niel announced at the launch of the Freebox Delta that the launches of new boxes would now take place “Every two to three years”, instead of the eight years that had separated the release of the Freebox Revolution and Delta. The Freebox Delta and One having been unveiled in 2018, we could expect a new high-end box.
But while we thought that this box would replace the Freebox Mini 4K, it seems in the end thatit also succeeds the Freebox Revolution. In May 2019, during the Capital Market Days, Xavier Niel had indeed affirmed his desire to find a “Center of the range” more accessible. He then spoke of a “Extremely disruptive product on the fixed”.
Free has since updated its site, and we can see that the new offer ultimately does not replace any existing offer, at least for now. What do you think of the Freebox Pop? Share your opinion in the comments!
📼 Our impressions of the Freebox Pop in video