People are so cheap Even a few bucks a month is too expensive to safehouse your data.
May be he/she dont have that much money in initial stage ! no matter $1 or $100000 its something like that when anyone wants to start a forum usually he/she starts with free PHPbb after that if they feel or need and if they would have money will upgrade to IPB or Vb.
freewebspace forums are good for hosting details free and paid i have seen there one free and good hosting x10hosting they are giving you cPanel hosting .
But if you seriously thinking to start a site for long time go for paid hosting some webhost are providing trial period to test them.