FreedomPop On The Move

FreedomPop is a startup MVNP (Mobile Virtual Network Provider) company providing consumers with safe, affordable hotspots and free phone service. Their latest release for smart phones is a five dollar, unlimited talk, text and data service for not only the U.S., but the U.K. as well. Because they run off of rented Sprint lines, FreedomPop is the only efficient phone service to work with the latest iPhone, a distinct advantage over its competitors. With a 30 million dollar infusion, FreedomPop is not just for phones anymore. They have moved on to include a five dollar WiFi including country wide hotspots making travel easy. A WiFi service designed to work across multiple devices and on both Android and iPhone OS. Stephen Stokols, CEO and co-founder of FreedomPop, said “It will take longer to get the auto-connect functionality on par with Google’s. iOS is far more closed, whereas Google has committed to make Wi-Fi as seamless as possible, something else that should scare carriers.”

While the carrier of the WiFi service has not been announced, due to contract restrictions, it is rumored to be AT&T since they provide services to places such as Burger King, McDonald’s and Starbucks, businesses that have been announced as having FreedomPop hot spots. Up to now, FreedomPop has been built on free, but limited, wireless phone services. 200 minutes of calls, 500 texts, 500MB data/month, or a $20 unlimited plan. How could they possibly follow the affordable service but free WiFi hotspots across the country and throughout the U.K.. “This is [an] opportunity to deliver value regardless of what carrier the user is on,” he says. “For example, for $5 per month, you can cut your cellular data bill in half. You’d only need a 300 MB plan for that 5-15% of time when not on WiFi.”