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.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
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 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 $19 iPhone Plan
FreedomPop today announced a new calling plan that targets owners of the Apple iPhone. Owners of the iPhone 6 or 6s who activate their phone with FreeomPop will receive 500MB of data, 500 texts, and 500 voice minutes each month for free.
FreedomPop Expands to AT&T's LTE Network
FreedomPop today said it has struck an agreement with AT&T that allows its customers to access AT&T's LTE network. FreedomPop is a WiFi-first carrier that provides unlimited calling and texting from WiFi hotspots and low-cost service when connected to cellular networks.