FreedomPop's Data-Sharing Service Goes Live
FreedomPop today made available a new service that allows customers to share their mobile data with one another. The idea is to let subscribers who won't/can't use all their data in a given month share it with those who need it. In conjunction with the service, FreedomPop released a web-based dashboard that lets subscribers see how much data they have, as well as how much data their friends and family have (discoverable via Facebook and Twitter). Users can gift data to friends and family, as well as make requests for data from those in their circle. FreedomPop also rewards users for referring new customers with a 50MB monthly allotment in addition to their base data plan. FreedomPop resells access to Clearwire's WiMax network, though it will eventually switch to Sprint's LTE 4G network. FreedomPop offers 500MB of mobile broadband for free each month, with additional gigabytes costing $10 each. The company isn't selling phones; rather, it is offering a mobile hotspot and a laptop dongle. It expects to begin offering VoIP-based voice service in April.
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.
FreedomPop Partnering with Intel for Its First Phone
FreedomPop plans to launch its first smartphone thanks to a new investment from Intel. The chip-maker is supplying the processor for the handset, which will be made by a "well-known device manufacturer." The device will go on sale next year for less than $200.
FreedomPop Debuts Global Hotspot
FreedomPop today announced a global hotspot that will allow customers to roam in more than two dozen countries at low cost. The hotspot itself costs $49 and provides up to 200MB of free wireless access.