American mobile company FreedomPop has launched a new 46 service in the United Kingdom free of charge, according to The Telegraph.
FreedomPop’s expansion into the UK is the first part of what is meant to be the first phase of an extensive international expansion plan on play.google.com.
Users will pay an initial fee of £7 to set up the service, after which they will receive a free basic service granting them 200 minutes of phone calls, 200 texts, and 200 MB of data. Those wanting to add to their basic plan to receive more communications access will have to pay £4.99 and £16.99 after their initial data cap has been exceeded, depending on their wants and needs.
The company also provides other options for people further looking to save money on fees for extra coverage. Subscribers to the service can bypass these fees to an extent, by completing marketing surveys provided by third parties.
FreedomPop, like other low-cost service providers such as Tesco and TalkTalk, will not own any mobile masts or infrastructure of their own. Rather, the company will buy capacity on the Three network, which it will then provide to subscribers.
The company is planning for some degree of success, despite some differences in the way Americans approach their mobile subscriptions.
Chief Executive Stephen Sokols notes that while many FreedomPop subscribers in the United States do not purchase additional coverage, its UK presence will only have to attract around 50,000 subscribers to become “cash flow positive.”
Cell phones are everywhere, and most people don’t think twice about them. They always have theirs, and when they find that don’t have it, they go back and get it. But do you really know your friend, the cell. Here are 10 fun facts that you might not have known brought to you by Zeca Oliveira.
1. The cell phone got its name because they used towers to carry the signal into certain areas, and they called them cellular.
2. The Smartphone you carry is incredibly more powerful than the rocket NASA used for Apollo 11.
3. Sixty-six percent of all cell phone users suffer from “nomophobia,” which means they forgot their cell and can’t get to it or they can’t get reception.
4. Probably the same 65 percent of users sleep with their Smartphones right next to them.
5. Yech! Your Smartphone has 10 times more bacteria on it than on a toilet seat. In fact, it carries your biological DNA.
6. No matter what the date and time say, ninety percent of texts are read in three minutes.
7. The country with the most active cell phones in China with 1.2 Billion; India comes in second with 904 million.
8. More people own mobile phones than toothbrushes. Huh!
9. On March 23, 1984, the first hand-held cell phone was sold for just under $4,000.
10. The average cell phone/Smartphone user checks their phones 221 times a day.