FreedomPop, an MVNO that offers free and affordable wireless service over Sprint’s network is celebrating its first anniversary by launching a free voice, data and text plan for its customers. FreedomPop is giving its customers a guaranteed 500 MB of data, 500 text messages and 200 anytime voice minutes for free, for life. The only catch to FreedomPop’s service is that customers must own one of FreedomPop’s certified devices, which at the moment is the HTC Evo Design Android smartphone, which sells for $99. Additional Android handsets will be offered later this year. For those customers who need more from their mobile plan, FreedomPop is also offering a $10.99 a month contract-less plan which offers unlimited voice and texting.
Press release follows below.
FreedomPop Launches The First 100 Percent Free Mobile Phone Service
FreedomPop commemorates its one year anniversary with the launch of America’s first-ever free voice, free text and free data phone
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — FreedomPop, the free wireless internet company, today on its one year anniversary launched its beta of the world’s first completely free mobile service with free voice, text and data. The company will give users a guaranteed 500 MBs of data, 500 text messages, and 200 anytime voice minutes free every month for life. FreedomPop will also offer heavier users unlimited voice and unlimited texting for just $10.99 per month with no contracts or commitments – 80 to 90 percent less than similar plans offered by large carriers, saving consumers over $1,000 per year.
“FreedomPop is changing the mobile market forever with the sole intent of bringing better value to consumers and increasing accessibility,” said Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop’s CEO and co-founder. “FreedomPop’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, convenient and essential communication services. With this launch, we’ve just taken our largest step to date towards delivering on this objective.”
The FreedomPop Phone service will initially be available on the HTC Evo Design smartphone, which will sell for at a 65 percent discount for just $99. Later this year, additional popular Android handsets will be offered.
“The historically staid mobile operator industry is not only ripe for disruption; it is being disrupted today by creative pricing and service delivery strategies,” said Rich Karpinski, senior analyst with Yankee Group. “Combining more economical voice over IP-over-cellular technology with emerging freemium business models such as these provides choice for customers looking for mobile service alternatives while pressuring incumbent carriers to respond as well.”
The FreedomPop Phone comes a year after FreedomPop launched and took the mobile market by storm, offering free 4G over mobile hotspots. Led by outstanding consumer demand and organic growth, FreedomPop has demonstrated the commercial viability of its freemium model, while giving away more than half a billion free MBs of data to date. The company has also raised over $16 million in financing it is putting toward disruption of the $200 billion mobile phone service market where consumers currently pay over $1,500 per year on average.
“A user paying $1,500 per year for mobile services today can save well over $1,000 per year for the same plan with FreedomPop,” Stokols added. “That is real value, real savings and a real meteor to the current market dynamics.”
To sign up for access of FreedomPop’s Phone now go to FreedomPop.com/phone.
FreedomPop provides disruptive mobile services so that no one is left off the “connected grid.” Founded in 2011, FreedomPop is rewriting the rules of the American telecoms industry and is backed by Mangrove Capital, DCM and Skype founder Niklas Zennstom’s Atomico. The company offers a suite of devices, services, and innovative social sharing and incentive benefits for mobile and home internet access, providing consumers access to free high-speed Internet and mobile phone services nationwide. FreedomPop launched its free broadband service on Clearwire’s 4G network earlier this year and went live with Sprint in April 2013. Visit www.FreedomPop.com for more information.
FreedomPop is on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/FreedomPop and Twitter http:twitter.com/freedompop4G.