link to reddit thread about a free service with 3GB month

Yes, but maybe just no Voice

Otherwise, how they use cell native SMS to send you the ads is a mystery to me, supposedly sent to the IMEI
 
Yes, but maybe just no Voice

Otherwise, how they use cell native SMS to send you the ads is a mystery to me, supposedly sent to the IMEI
Firsty is another one of those ad-sponsored free data esim (free data is 300kbit/s though). They force you to watch ad per hour , seek can do similar (dns redirect or captive portal to show ad, or firewall block Internet until you watch ad on app)

https://www.firsty.app/
 
No, apparently their ads arrive via old-school SMS not over data

https://www.betterroaming.com/ has the "receive text even though no native number " too. No free service though

Welcome to your free travel eSIM from BetterRoaming.com!

Check our local rates and your remaining data allowance anytime at https://my.betterroaming.com/xxxxxxx

This eSIM will help you save up to 90% during all your future travels in all countries around the globe.
No need for any more apps, SIMs or airport WiFi anymore. As easy as 1-2-3, from now on:
1. Land in a country.
2. Receive a text message with your offers and personal link.
3. Buy a plan (from $1.99) in seconds with ApplePay, GPay, credit card or Paypal.

Don't forget to enable data roaming in your device settings and check APN configuration, it should be truphone.com

We hope you enjoy your travels!
 
BTW. All the weblink in the above threads are broken(leading to 404's) but going to the sites main page works(at least for me)

https://seeek.co/

I've been looking at this since it was posted on Reddit: the website seems to be intermittently overwhelmed: sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I think the company envisioned much slower growth, and didn't scale for as much traffic as they're seeing, especially from North America.
 
It kind of reminds me of the old ringplus plans. I don't see how ads alone will be able to sustain their business.
 
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