While we all plug up to our phones more frequently, the last thing we want to see is no Wi-Fi, low connection speeds, or even the dreaded roaming signal. When people first think of wireless carriers, the names Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile come to mind almost instantly, but like all competitions it’s the underdog that should be watched. That underdog is FreedomPop.
Lately, FreedomPop review are singing a different tune as they offer their services through 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the United States. This vast network is operated by various companies at convenient locations. Wide access to Wi-Fi on this scale could account for 120 million people in the majority of the top metro areas! FreedomPop’s original service plan includes a restricted amount of talk, text, and data for free(or until the amount of free data is used up) while their new plan is unlimited for just $5 a month. Without taking any time to compare to current carriers, FreedomPop’s services are providing an extremely low-cost alternative to pricey data plans and innovating the wireless carrier market.
Traditionally, carriers utilize Wi-Fi to lessen the cost of their expensive networks. In fact, mobile users typically use Wi-Fi over their actual network coverage. Wi-Fi itself is run on frequencies that are free to use, meaning that people only use a small fraction of their data usage but get charged for the full amount of their plan. Instead of easing their cost burdens, FreedomPop is separating itself from the pack by sharing the savings with consumers.
So with such a vast undertaking, what lies in store for the new service provider? In the very near future, this company plans on dramatically increasing the amount of hotspots used across the US. Could we one day see FreedomPop as a solitary carrier like the brands we’ve come to know? Only time will tell. Keep your eyes peeled as this innovative company continues to revolutionize the wireless carrier industry.
FreedomPop got their start by offering their customers free cellular phone service on the Sprint network. They now wish to branch out and reach out to more possible customers by extending their services into WI-FI. In January, they turned on ten million hot spots, from fast food chains, coffee shops, and retail stores and it is projected that it will go up to twenty-five million by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 (also known as the end of March, 2015). They will at first focus on metro areas. Their customers also get unlimited telephone calls and texts while they are connected to the WI-FI. This WI-FI service will at first be only available to a certain type of phone.
The WI-FI service will only be available to Android devices in the beginning, due to the fact that they are issues with automatic WI-FI sign-in on Apple’s platform. FreedomPop’s IOS application should be updated by now. The company cannot say who is partnering with them in this endeavor and the reason for this appears to be that they are limited by the regulations of a contract. With Starbucks possibly being one of their WI-FI hotspots and getting people to pay five dollars a month for something that they can get for free in many places, FreedomPop does have some challenges ahead of them.
If they offer service at Starbucks, FreedomPop would have to partner with AT&T or Google. Talking people into paying five dollars a month also appears to not be an easy task, especially since the majority of people are happy with the free internet that they may use at many locations. Stephen Stokols, the CEO of FreedomPop believes that his company’s most current move will peak the interest of wanting to lower the cost of their data costs that are part of their Smartphone bill. They are starting small though with the plan being for them to have more than one million customers before the year is over. If they offer great service at the low price stated in the FreedomPop review, word of mouth and any advertising that they may choose to do will suffice to make this service very popular, and continue to make their company grow not only in the United States, but overseas also, if they choose to branch out to other countries.