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FreedomPop to Make Auspicious Alpha Test Debut in the U.K.

To get a budget under control, people may think about scrapping their mobile phone service. There’s an easier way to go about things when concerns arise about trying to cut costs associated with usage. Look towards signing up with a service providing a generous amount of free use. The appropriately named FreedomPop definitely provides a means of acquiring helpful free data, minutes, and texting.

Digital Trends reveals FreedomPop has decided to launch its long-awaited alpha plan, a plan that focuses on bringing its “freemium” service to the United Kingdom. With the free service delivered by FreedomPop, 200 minutes, 200 SMS, and 200MB of data are available to those who become alpha testers.

Costs are incurred when the original generous amount of text/minutes/data usage is exceeded. The fees are reasonable and the LA-based company is growing in popularity. Currently, tens of millions of dollars are being spent on its growth and FreedomPop is definitely growing as evidenced by its impending arrival in the U.K. and other areas of Europe. The venture’s business dealings are expanding into more and more countries every year. Germany, France, and Spain are among those countries.

Right now, FreedomPop is making a name for itself in the United States. The company does note that there are a few bugs it has to work out with the service. Really, that should not be deemed anything out of the ordinary. New technology usually does need to be smoothed out. This is why testing is so important. The alpha test in the United Kingdom is likely to provide valuable feedback on what tweaks – if any – must be made.

The Alpha testing plan was delayed a bit, but everything is a go right now. Those signing up for the alpha testing only have to pay a nominal fee of £2/$3 for shipping. During the alpha period, testers may also expand their usage of the phone through other premium plans.

Info on the Jetsetter SIM card has been slow to emerge though. The Jetsetter SIM card is designed to help those who love to travel and remain in the information loop. The SIM card works in a number of different countries and word has it that the number of countries is going to be expanded by 15 more in the near future. Being able to use this SIM card with a FreedomPop phone and service is going to be a huge plus.

FreedomPop Turns Down Acquisition Offers and Raises $30 Million To Continue Growth

An article appearing on June 17, 2015, in Fortune, announced that FreedomPop will continue to grow and has raised $30 million to fund that growth. The startup has taken on national carriers with it’s free mobile services. While this doesn’t make national carriers happy it has consumer’s jumping to sign up with the LA-based company.

The company doesn’t own its own infrastructure but buys data, SMS and voice capacities from Sprint at wholesale prices. It offers essential services to the consumer who may then sign up for more minutes, data and services at a cost if they choose. The company estimates that about one-half of its consumer’s use the free only services while the other half buys upgrades. These upgrades are how the company makes its money.

The new Series B is funded by Partech Ventures, and already existing investors, DCM Capital, and Mangrove Capital. Before this, the company had shopped itself around negotiating with national carriers, mobile operators, cable providers and one major internet company. They won’t say who these companies were, but rumor has it that Sprint had shown interest back in November.

They received six formal offers and entered into exclusive negotiations with one company but backed out. It’s believed that the offers were in the lower 100s of millions. However, FreedomPop decided that they could continue to grow. It’s thought that they may reach one million subscribers during the upcoming third quarter.

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The Wireless Carrier Industry’s Emerging Underdog

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.

FreedomPop is on a mission to provide free or low-cost internet and mobile phone services to all Americans. This fresh company launched in October 2012 and has quickly gained popularity underneath Sprint’s wings as a mobile virtual network operator. While FreedomPop doesn’t manage its own network as a parent carrier, it leases its services from Sprint, depending on their network to provide their connectivity access. 

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: From Free Cell Phone Service to Free Wifi

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.

FreedomPop wants to take the high cost of internet off your plate

You might think that it would be tough to get into the wireless Internet and mobile phone service and for the most part you’d be right. However, FreedomPop is set to change that perception and show the world that they have what it takes to break into this industry and make a name for themselves. As a wireless Internet and mobile phone provider out of Los Angeles, California FreedomPop is currently providing wireless text and voice services for big names like Sprint and Clearwire. On top of this FreedomPop also sells devices such as mobile phones, state-of-the-art tablets, and broadband devices that can be used with their service.

Founded by CEO Stephen Stokols and Sesar in 2011, FreedomPop is quickly gaining popularity in their home area as well as across the US and Europe. They are also backed by some big names such as Mangrove Capital, Atomico, and Doll Capital Management. Where there were rumors in 2014 that Sprint Corporation was considering the acquisition of FreedomPop (as reported by GigaOm) nothing emerged to verify this claim until recently when it was announced by USA today that Sprint is indeed in talks to buy the company. As of this writing FreedomPop continues to serve the US and Europe for their wireless Internet and mobile phone needs as an independent entity.

Notable achievements of FreedomPop include the fact that in its first month of selling smart phones it converted 5% of its free users to paid users. This number doubled the following month to 10% and doubled again the next month to %20. This kind of growth is exceptional for a start up company. The year after it partnered with Sprint and was able to take advantage of their 3G and 4G networks with Sprint compatible devices. Recently FreedomPop has released its own self-branded low-cost line of tablets and smartphones.

Going forward the future looks bright for FreedomPop. The company is valued at between $250 and $450 million. If the buyout with Sprint goes through it is unknown whether FreedomPop will continue to operate under its own brand or if its assets will be simply absorbed into the Sprint brand. Until that time FreedomPop continues to provide its customers with free 4G data, text, and voice plans for tablet users of the iPad Mini and Samsung Tablet 3. The offer also extends to those who bring their own Sprint compatible device. They also have announced that they have plans to offer SIM card based plans as well.

Intereste in FreedomPop but don’t trust me? Check out these Amazon reviews or shop FreedomPop on GooglePlay or iTunes

Settlement Of An Appeal Related To Lac-Mégantic

An agreement has been made between the families of the victims of the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic occurred in July 2013 and the companies involved in the derailment in the United States. An American lawyer who represented the plaintiffs said on Friday that a sum of US $ 200 million would be distributed to families of victims and other parties involved in the appeal. This is the family of a man who died in the tragedy which had initiated the prosecution for causing the wrongful death of 47 people.

The lawsuit was filed by Annick Roy, in a court of Illinois, on behalf of the estate of Jean-Guy Veilleux and mourning daughter. It sought compensation from ten individuals or companies, including MMA, Rail World Inc., Dave and Brit Morin, Edward Burkhardt (President of Rail World) and several US oil companies. The author of the prosecution also alleged that it was dangerous to transport oil in tank cars DOT-111, although it was known that they ripped open more easily than others during the derailment.

An American lawyer who represented the plaintiffs said on Friday that a sum of US $ 200 million would be distributed to families of victims.

“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that these companies contribute and we intend to sue in Illinois and in any other State to ensure that they assume their responsibilities in this disaster,” said the lawyer who works for the Meyers & Flowers.

Why is the U.S. government upset about the iPhone 6?

The new iPhone 6 has been released to great acclaim. People love the size, the speed and the cost. But the U.S. government is less than thrilled. They are specifically unhappy with the announcement that Apple has decided to have the iPhones encrypted by default.

Encryption is a process designed to keep data safe. The data on the iPhone 6 will now be unreadable to everyone except those that the user allows. Encrypted devices require passwords, which means that iPhone 6 users should carefully select a password of at least 10 to 12 characters with a mix of letters, numbers and symbols to keep their phones safe from internet intruders. With “free” services like FreedomPop coming on strong, you have to wonder whether this will present a challenge for Apple.Attorney General Eric Holder has come out and said that the encrypted phones will thwart the government’s ability to prevent child abuse and other crimes. Cell phones have been a very integral piece of evidence in kidnapping crimes since their inception. If the phones are encrypted, law enforcement agencies may not be able to access the phones of victims or suspects to find key pieces of evidence to solve crimes.

Those concerned with privacy in this age of celebrity phone hacks hail this as a victory for people all across the globe.

Something Worse Than Heartbleed Could Be On The Horizon

I’m sure we all remember how scary Heartbleed was, when the security exploit was revealed.  Well, there’s something even worse on the horizon, and it’s called Bash.

Bash is a security flaw that could open up access to a user’s personal data, a small computer network’s server access, and could even open up access to internet connected cameras and microphones.  This exploit allows for malicious code execution through the bash shell, and can literally allow someone to take over an operating system.

The Operating Systems most likely to be affected by Bash include Unix, Linux as well as hardware running Max OS x.

While most major systems are in the process of being patched, like most services on major web servers, it’s uncertain how far reaching this security exploit could become.  Despite most major networks patching Heartbleed, there are still thousands of PCs and networks at risk.