FreedomPop launches free mobile phone service on Sprint's networkBy Shawn Knight
FreedomPop made waves when it launched a beta of the world's first "completely free" broadband service a year ago and to celebrate the one year anniversary, the company is giving users a guaranteed 500MBs of data, 500 text messages and 200 anytime voice minutes free every month for life through a new mobile service.
The service will be available initially on the HTC Evo Design, a phone that FreedomPop will sell for $99 without a contract. Other popular Android phones are in the pipeline, we're told, but it is unclear when they might arrive or which phones they are referring to specifically. Those that need more talk time can step up to a paid plan starting at just $10 per month for unlimited voice. That's still a great price even if it isn't free.
Things get a bit more spendy on the data side as those that go over the monthly allotment could pay between $10 to $20 per gigabyte. Even still, however, you're likely to pay a lot less with FreedomPop compared to the competition. The service piggybacks off of Sprint's network so don't expect blazing fast 4G LTE anytime soon.
Since its inception, FreedomPop has generated more than $16 million in financing which they plan to use to disrupt the $200 billion mobile phone service market. According to a press release on the matter, the company claims even heavy users will spend 80 to 90 percent less than similar plans offered by larger carriers.