FreedomPop Debuts Free Smartphone Plans
FreedomPop, an MVNO that uses Sprint's network, today announced a new set of plans that allow people to make calls, send text messages, and surf the web for free. The plan, which is compatible with select Android smartphones, offers 200 anytime voice minutes, unlimited text messaging, and 500MB of 4G data for free. The plan includes unlimited calling to other FreedomPop subscribers. Rather than use Sprint's voice network for phone calls, FreedomPop sends them over Sprint's data network via VoIP technology. FreedomPop will up its 200 voice minute allotment to unlimited voice minutes for those customers willing to pay just $9.99 per month. Before today, FreedomPop offered only data services using Sprint's WiMax network. It is now transitioning from WiMax to Sprint's EVDO 3G and LTE 4G networks. FreedomPop did not say which devices it will sell, but noted that its service can be used with most Sprint devices. The new, free cellular service from FreedomPop is expected to launch in August or September.
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 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 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.
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