Category: Mobile Phone Provider
FreedomPop is a mobile phone provider with a unique business model. They’re a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that started out in Los Angeles back in 2011. While there are many low-priced carriers already, FreedomPop took the idea of value even further and started offering a basic mobile service completely free. Those who sign up for their service receive 200 minutes of talk time, 200 MB of data and 200 text messages per month at no cost. This isn’t a limited-time promotion or free trial offer, but rather the introductory plan that the company provides to all subscribers. Those who want more can upgrade their service to one of their paid plans.
The company has successfully rolled out its service in the United States, before expanding overseas to the UK market back in September. According to a VentureBeat report, they now have a grand plan to expand to Spain, which is part of their overall strategy to bring their innovative mobile service to the rest of the world.
While offering basic mobile service at no charge is definitely something unique in the industry, the company has something even more special planned for Spanish mobile users. They will be providing zero-rated access to WhatsApp, a highly popular messaging app now owned by the world’s most famous social media brand, Facebook. Zero-rated means that users will not have any data usage deducted from their plan when they use WhatsApp to communicate. As the WhatsApp service is used by more than 1 billion people around the world, giving mobile subscribers the chance to access it completely free enables them to stay in touch with those they care about without worrying about data usage.
What some may see as even more surprising is that FreedomPop has opted to promote the use of WhatsApp in a completely organic way, without entering into any type of formal partnership or business deal with the app’s developers or Facebook. Those who wish to find out more about FreedomPop’s grand plan can take a look at the VentureBeat article about them.
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FreedomPop has a “freemium” service. This kind of service has a base fee of nothing for a certain amount of data. This data is not only limited to texting; it includes voice mails, phone calls, texts, and smart phone data. The company has seen a large surge of popularity since it has started up.
FierceWireless recently covered a new expansion that FreedomPop is talking about. This new expansion would take the currently US and UK only company into Europe. It would expand the company into 25 European countries, to be exact.
Though free services are always available, the data is limited to 200 MB a month. For an extra $10, users can purchase an extra 500 MB a month. There is no limit to how many extra MBs can be bought by a customer. A SIM card can be purchased for $10 as well, and access to a global hotspot costs $50.
Despite the option to not pay anything for extra services, almost half of FreedomPop’s customers pay for something extra every month. The conversation from free to paying to something is good, too; 48% of people who use FreedomPop in the USA pay now, and 40% of those in the UK.
In a world of so much competition, having an edge on the competition is likely to do a company good. With FreedomPop and Sprint teaming up, it’s no surprise that FreedomPop has seen such growth and fervor.
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The new service will offer roaming fees that are in line with local rates, rather than the high cost traditional mobile phone carriers charge. FreedomPop hopes to cut into the market share companies like AT&T and Verizon dominate. This time the target is customers who travel and wish to maintain cell phone service.
FreedomPop will be able to charge lower fees because they cut deals with local companies in the 25 countries where service will be available. T-mobile is a company that offered its customers unlimited roaming, but the speeds offered are so slow that email and light web surfing is all that can be done. This will not be the case with FreedomPop’s new service.
The hotspot that will cover service in various countries will cost $49 dollars. A SIM card for unlocked phones will cost $10 dollars. There will be 200 megabytes of free data available each month.
FreedomPop is a mobile phone service provider based in Los Angeles CA. The company offers free data and service, but does charge for extras. The company was co-founded by Stephen Stokols in 2011. He previous position was CEO of Woo Media, a video chat and entertainment company.
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