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The Next Generation of Cell Phones

The great thing about living during a time with some of the best resources and machinery is that there are opportunities to create greater products. Cell phones have become a huge part of everyday lives used to search for answers on Google, watch education videos, call clients across the world, and collaborate with others on text editors. Most Americans know about the big name service providers such as At&t, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, and Cricket Wireless, but have you heard about the latest startup, FreedomPop? Here is a freedompop review:

FreedomPop is a newly established service provider that is entering a niche market of cheap cell phone planes. Many of the service providers right now are offering expensive contracts that some may not be able to afford. FreedomPop is looking to take some of the customers from the larger service companies and change the market to offer much lower prices.

This new company has been working on free, basic cellular voice and data plans. In addition, they are working on implementing free WiFi hotspots around the world (specifically all across the United States). With FreedomPop anyone can get automatic sign-on access at any of the hotspots around the United States.

This new setup can change the way customers use high speed data. Freedompop claims that 90% of data used by customers is over WiFi. WiFi has become increasingly more popular than data.

During the first quarter of 2015, FreedomPop was able to start rolling out the data plans and experiment with results. It is very important that it works consistently well so the company is taking their time rolling out all of the hotspots and features.

Freedompop is not a liberty to say who provides the WiFi at each station, but most larger retailers will have free WiFi. The company is partnering with a few retailers to roll out the free WiFi. McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Burger King seemed to be already partnered with either At&t or Google, so it will be interesting to see who freedompop will go after.

Overall FreedomPop will continue to keep building hotspots and roll out affordable service plans to bring in new customers and keep them hooked. The basic plans they offer right now include 200 minutes of calls, 500 texts, 500MB data/month. If a customer would like more than that they are going to have pay. With that said, when there are more WIFI hotspots around the globe, it won’t matter that customers are getting low amounts of data every month because WIFI is free for users.

Extended Network Starts For FreedomPop’s Global Wifi

Now that FreedomPop has announced that they will be extending their awesome phone services to include global hotspots, places across the world that will offer their service without interruption, me and my wife feel like we have all of our needs taken care of. Have you heard about their free service? They have a basic plan that is free for all users in U.S. and U.K., and it comes with 200 MB of data, 200 messages and 200 phone call minutes. The basic service is enough for me, actually, but my wife gets an upgrade for hers because she uses the phone more than I use it.

They just announced some really exciting news that was covered on Recode’s website recently. The news is that they have gained a substantial amount of funding recently, and they are able to extend their network even further than it currently covers. The funding amount they gained was approximately 50 million dollars, and they have some big supports like Intel backing them, so you know this company is going places.

Extended Network Service From FreedomPop

I was really surprised to hear about the extended network that FreedomPop has developed. Major phone companies have something similar, but they charge an arm and a leg for it. FreedomPop, on the other hand, is only charging $49 for their global wifi, which seems unbelievable. This is a promotional pricing, of course, but the price is only going up to $99, which is still a bargain if you ask me. They are also charging $10 for a SIM card that will need to be updated as more countries join the global wifi program, but the SIM card can be updated remotely, so there’s no worries there. If you want to read Recode’s article, visit this link.

$50 Million Opens the World to FreedomPop

The independent and ambitious FreedomPop has earned another $50 million in funding, allowing them to take a step closer to their dream of developing a global hotspot.

The mission over at FreedomPop has been to connect people with mobile data rates much lower than what’s offered by traditional carriers, making them the more attractive option by comparison. The global hotspot is their new endeavor, one that would remove roaming charges from consideration when choosing a carrier. With the help of over 25 participating countries supporting their initiative, Stepen Stolkos, CEO of FreedomPop, believes that now his carrier can compete with globally recognized names like T-Mobile.

What the global hopspot intends to do is give customers access to communication when traveling. With a $10 SIM card, customers can swap between mobile devices free of charge and operate them in foreign territories for $49. This comes with an allowance of 200mb for that monthly billing cycle, and an additional 500mb can be purchased for $10.

With an offer this alluring many are wondering why FreedomPop doesn’t have a more aggressive ad campaign to compete with other carriers. Stokols has claimed that the company is still fairly young and is using its funding to better service and customer relations; they’ll continue to rely on word of mouth to promote their business.

Since 2012 FreedomPop has operated with the goal of providing fast mobile service for all Americans. Based out of Los Angeles, Stolkos works with the support of Skype founder Niklas Zennestom along with Mangrove Capital and DCM.

By employing a staff experienced in telecommunications and web service, FreedomPop operates on a business plan modeled after the successful video chat client Skype. Though radical when compared to other service providers, FreedomPop has been successful in getting their customers 4G access from their mobile devices along with broadband access from their homes free of charge.