It’s happened again. You’re in an airport or the library, ready to get some work done, when your wifi connection gives out. Or you’re at home and just need a better signal. FreedomPop is a startup that feels your pain, and they’re doing something about it by offering a better, cheaper wireless internet and phone package – one that goes everywhere. Through FreedomPop, if you’re ever stuck without wifi, you can access over 8 million mobile hotspots. But it also offers even more.
The company has taken the mobile world by storm. USAToday’s FreedomPop review describes the service as a “disruption to the consumer cellular market.”
In a PTMoney review updated for 2017, Emily Guy Berkin writes, “FreedomPop’s big claim to fame is their completely free cell phone service, which offers 500MB of 4G data in addition to 200 voice minutes and unlimited texting, although sending and receiving texts will eat up your data. In addition to being completely free, FreedomPop does not require any contracts and there are no cancellation fees or any of the other don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out fees customers often have to bear with other mobile service providers.”
FreedomPop is backed by Niklas Zennstom, the founder of Skype, a company that also offers free calling and instant messaging worldwide.
Like many other startups, FreedomPop came out of the gate with big money. In a funding round that ended in June 2015, FreedomPop had raised $52 million and was doubling its subscriber base every four to five months. t’s only gotten more popular since then. Part of FreedomPop’s appeal definitely lies in its base free plan, but if 500MB seems like too little data, FreedomPop also has a premium unlimited plan, for just $20 a month. It even lets you onboard your current device. But there’s no contract and no commitment.
Why can FreedomPop give such competitive offers? It uses a combination of wifi connections and Sprint’s cellular network when there are gaps. The future of #StayingConnected is here.