FreedomPop Adds Free Voice and Texting Bundle
FreedomPop today announced that it has partnered with textPlus in order to offer a more well-rounded set of wireless services. Beginning later this year, FreedomPop customers will be able to make voice calls and send text messages, as well as consume mobile data free of charge. FreedomPop launched its beta service in October. It resells access to Clearwire's WiMax network (it will eventually transition to Sprint's LTE network) and offers 500MB of free mobile broadband via mobile hotspots, laptop dongles, and sleeves for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. FreedomPop offers 500MB of mobile broadband for free each month, with additional gigabytes costing $10 each. The hotspot and laptop dongle are "free," though they require refundable deposits of $89 and $49, respectively. FreedomPop has not yet shared details of what devices will be able to make phone calls and send text messages. FreedomPop is also offering rewards for certain customer behaviors. For example, customers who sit through ad can earn an extra data each month, and customers who refer friends or family can also be rewarded with additional buckets of data. FreedomPop's data service offers speeds ranging from 4 to 6Mbps down and 1 to 2Mbps up.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
FreedomPop Looking Beyond Sprint for Growth
FreedomPop, an MVNO that resells access to Sprint's network, hopes to increase its reach by partnering with either AT&T or T-Mobile. The company is looking at these two GSM carriers specifically because they use SIM card-based devices, which makes it easier to switch from phone to phone.
FreedomPop Trots Out $89 Liberty Tablet
FreedomPop today announced a new direction for the company, as it plans to sell more low-cost hardware using its own brand. The first device to bear the FreedomPop name is the Liberty, a tablet that has a 6.7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution.
FreedomPop Intros Free Service Plan for iPhones
FreedomPop today announced new support for the Apple iPhone along with a free service plan. FreedomPop is selling the Phone 5 (refurbished) for $349 directly from its web site.