October 2014

Sharon Osbourne The Talk FreedomPop October 2014A little birthday love to Sharon Osbourne – she and the audience of The Talk were presented with free voice, data and text from FreedomPop.  But you don’t have to be Sharon Osbourne or at The Talk to get free voice, data and text – everyone has the right to free Internet access with FreedomPop!

Thync co-founders Isy Goldwasser and Jamie Tyler, PhD

Thync co-founders Isy Goldwasser and Jamie Tyler, PhD

This week, Thync came out of stealth and announced funding of $13M led by Khosla Ventures.  Thync is the first company to combine neuroscience with consumer wearables to allow people to quickly and easily transition from a hectic day to a calm time with family, or from a late afternoon lull to an energized evening out. Neuroscientists and engineers from Harvard, MIT, ASU and Stanford have been quietly working on this technology for years.

Check out the release below and some of the press coverage so far.

LOS GATOS, Calif. – October 8, 2014 – Creating a new category of wearable products based on advanced neuroscience, Thync announced today it has raised a total of $13 million since inception from top-tier investors, including lead investor Khosla Ventures. Thync is engineering the first lifestyle wearable that uses neurosignaling algorithms– waveforms that signal neural pathways –to shift and optimize people’s state of mind in areas related to energy, calm, and focus.

“We share Thync’s belief that unlocking the power of the mind will be a great advancement and a frontier that consumers should have access to,” said Samir Kaul, Partner, Khosla Ventures. “We back the talented team at Thync because we see a revolutionary convergence at the intersection of neuroscience and consumer technology.”

Sales of products and services related to inducing energy and relaxed states exceed $400 billion per year globally. Recent market research indicates that in the U.S., energy drinks are a $12.5 billion per year industry, while coffee, alcohol and artificial stimulant use is at an all-time high. The wearables market is projected to top more than $7 billion in 2015, with an estimated 300 million wearables to be shipped. Thync encompasses all of these categories with a chemical free product that will tap directly into the source – the user’s brain.

Thync’s technology platform comprises neurosignaling algorithms, hardware, software and biomaterials.  The company is integrating the most advanced aspects of neuroscience and consumer electronics to create a new category of products that give individuals access to their own capabilities, without the need for chemicals or supplements.

“We created Thync to help people better access the power of their mind,” said Thync CEO and co-founder Isy Goldwasser. “We believe that when you conquer your mind, you can conquer your day.”

Thync was founded by engineering and neuroscience experts from Stanford, Harvard and MIT. They have advanced neurosignaling by leveraging decades of research and extensive testing to ensure a safe, effective, aesthetically designed lifestyle device that anyone can use.

“The Thync team is working hard on introducing neuroscience to 21st century engineering,” said Dr. Jamie Tyler, co-founder of Thync. “For the first time, we are able to target and optimize neural pathways and brain circuits for personal benefit. Thync technology converges on many of these same pathways to achieve positive effects.”

Those interested in hearing more about Thync or becoming part of the Thync community can visit www.thync.com.

About Thync

Founded in 2011 by entrepreneur and investor Isy Goldwasser and Dr. Jamie Tyler, Associate Professor of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, Thync is dedicated to giving people access to the power of their minds. Since inception, the company has raised $13 million in funding. Thync is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with an office in Boston. Thync board members include Goldwasser, Tyler, Blake Krikorian and Samir Kaul. More information is available at www.thync.com.

Press Highlights:

Anniversary’s are a time to celebrate and FreedomPop chose to commemorate the occasion by introducing their first ever FreedomPop-branded mobile device and a price designed to make it affordable to the broadest audience as possible. Check out the release and highlights of the resulting coverage below.

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 1, 2014 – Celebrating FreedomPop’s one year anniversary of the world’s first completely free mobile service with free voice, text and data, the company continues its mission to bring free mobile to the masses with the introduction of its first FreedomPop-branded devices, all priced under $100 MSRP.

The device shipping today is the FreedomPop Liberty, a 6.7-inch, 4GB Android phablet with wi-fi at $89 MSRP. Coming in the next month is the FreedomPop Frenzy, a 10-inch, 4GB LTE Android tablet at $99; followed by an $89 LTE Android phone in the coming months; and an expansion of its high-end devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3 that will retail for almost half of the current MSRP available today.

The FreedomPop Liberty, FreedomPop’s entry level phablet, is larger than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (6.7 inches for FreedomPop versus 5.5 inches for Apple) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (5.7 inches), yet retails for a fraction of the price (FreedomPop Liberty with free voice and text at $89 versus $749 for Apple iPhone 6 Plus with 16GB, without contract, or Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T at $664.99 without contract). The FreedomPop Liberty was kept wi-fi-only to ensure the lowest price, but users looking to roam over cellular can bundle a FreedomPop hotspot with 500 MBs free data per month for a one-time cost of $49.

“While Apple and Samsung battle at the high end of the phablet market with the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 costing more than $600, FreedomPop is ensuring that anyone can get the same super-sized experience at a super-affordable price,” said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO. “We are focused on bringing low cost devices to accompany free mobile service to ensure no one is left behind.”

All devices come with FreedomPop’s 100 percent free text and voice service giving users 200 voice minutes and 500 texts free each month.

Sesar added, “FreedomPop will continue to sell its current product line of third-party phones and tablets with voice, text and data capabilities, but today marks the first step toward FreedomPop’s own low cost, private-labeled devices designed with our customers in mind.”

FreedomPop’s appeal spans users who want a low-cost way to access the mobile Internet through to users looking for an affordable, high-end device with free voice, data and text – either as a primary device or “+1”.

To order a FreedomPop Liberty, Frenzy, or any of the family of mobile devices, and to sign up for the FreedomPop service now, go to freedompop.com/liberty.

CNET
Crazy-big, stupid-cheap FreedomPop Liberty boasts 7-inch screen for $90
By Jessica Dalcourt
October 1, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/products/freedompop-liberty/

GigaOm
FreedomPop starts making its own low-cost smartphones, starting with a 7-inch phablet
By Kevin Fitchard
October 1, 2014
https://gigaom.com/2014/10/01/freedompop-starts-making-its-own-low-cost-smartphones-starting-with-a-7-inch-phablet/

Tom’s Hardware
FreedomPop Breaks New Ground, Begins Making Own Tablets And Smartphones
By Seth Colaner
October 1, 2014
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/freedompop-making-own-tablets-smartphones,27797.html

TheNextWeb
Budget carrier FreedomPop gets into branded hardware with sub-$100 smartphones and tablets
By Josh Ong
October 1, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/10/01/budget-carrier-freedompop-gets-branded-hardware-sub-100-smartphones-tablets/

FierceWireless
FreedomPop launches its own branded $89 Android phablet, targets low-cost device market
By Philip Goldstein
October 1, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-launches-its-own-branded-89-android-phablet-targets-low-cost-dev/2014-10-01

WirelessWeek
FreedomPop Selling Branded Sub-$100 Phones to Keep Up with Demand
By Ben Munson
October 1, 2014
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2014/09/freedompop-selling-branded-sub-100-phones-keep-demand

PhoneScoop
FreedomPop Trots Out $89 Liberty Tablet
By Eric Zeman
October 1, 2014
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=14680

MultiChannel News
FreedomPop Uncorks Its Own Low-Cost Mobile Product Line
By Jeff Baumgarten
October 1, 2014
http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/freedompop-uncorks-its-own-low-cost-mobile-product-line/384328

Liliputing
FreedomPop launches a $89 tablet
By Brad Linder
October 1, 2014
http://liliputing.com/2014/10/freedompop-launches-a-89-tablet.html

TWICE
FreedomPop To Add Private-Label Phones, Tablets
By Joseph Palenchar
October 1, 2014
http://www.twice.com/news/smartphonestablets/freedompop-add-private-label-phones-tablets/54201

Geeky Gadgets
FreedomPop Liberty And Frenzy Tablets Unveiled Starting At $89
By Julian Horsey
October 1, 2014
http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/freedompop-liberty-and-frenzy-tablets-unveiled-starting-at-89-01-10-2014/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+geeky-gadgets+(Geeky+Gadgets)

Ubergizmo
FreedomPop Delivers Brand New Devices Without Breaking The Bank
By Edwin Kee
October 1, 2014
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/10/freedompop-delivers-brand-new-devices-without-breaking-the-bank/

Tablet News
FreedomPop Debuts an $89 Tablet Called Liberty
By Radu Iorga
October 1, 2014
http://tablet-news.com/2014/10/01/freedompop-debuts-an-89-tablet/

Prepaid Phone News
FreedomPop adds Liberty phablet for $89, first of its own branded low-cost devices
October 1, 2014
http://prepaidmobilephonereviews.com/freedompop-adds-liberty-phablet-89-first-branded-low-cost-devices/

Android Headlines
Freedom Pop, America’s Free Carrier, to Launch Own-Brand Devices for Under $100
By David Steele
October 1, 2014
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/10/freedom-pop-americas-free-carrier-to-launch-own-brand-devices-for-under-100.html

SocalTech
FreedomPop Launches Branded Devices
By Ben Kuo
October 1, 2014
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_launches_branded_devices/s-0057200.html

Anniversary’s are a time to celebrate and FreedomPop chose to commemorate the occasion by introducing their first ever FreedomPop-branded mobile device and a price designed to make it affordable to the broadest audience as possible.  Check out the release and highlights of the resulting coverage below.

Liberty-SetUpLOS ANGELES, CA – October 1, 2014 – Celebrating FreedomPop’s one year anniversary of the world’s first completely free mobile service with free voice, text and data, the company continues its mission to bring free mobile to the masses with the introduction of its first FreedomPop-branded devices, all priced under $100 MSRP.

The device shipping today is the FreedomPop Liberty, a 6.7-inch, 4GB Android phablet with wi-fi at $89 MSRP.  Coming in the next month is the FreedomPop Frenzy, a 10-inch, 4GB LTE Android tablet at $99; followed by an $89 LTE Android phone in the coming months; and an expansion of its high-end devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3 that will retail for almost half of the current MSRP available today.

The FreedomPop Liberty, FreedomPop’s entry level phablet, is larger than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (6.7 inches for FreedomPop versus 5.5 inches for Apple) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (5.7 inches), yet retails for a fraction of the price (FreedomPop Liberty with free voice and text at $89 versus $749 for Apple iPhone 6 Plus with 16GB, without contract, or Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T at $664.99 without contract).  The FreedomPop Liberty was kept wi-fi-only to ensure the lowest price, but users looking to roam over cellular can bundle a FreedomPop hotspot with 500 MBs free data per month for a one-time cost of $49.

“While Apple and Samsung battle at the high end of the phablet market with the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 costing more than $600, FreedomPop is ensuring that anyone can get the same super-sized experience at a super-affordable price,” said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO. “We are focused on bringing low cost devices to accompany free mobile service to ensure no one is left behind.”

All devices come with FreedomPop’s 100 percent free text and voice service giving users 200 voice minutes and 500 texts free each month.

Sesar added, “FreedomPop will continue to sell its current product line of third-party phones and tablets with voice, text and data capabilities, but today marks the first step toward FreedomPop’s own low cost, private-labeled devices designed with our customers in mind.”

FreedomPop’s appeal spans users who want a low-cost way to access the mobile Internet through to users looking for an affordable, high-end device with free voice, data and text – either as a primary device or “+1”.

To order a FreedomPop Liberty, Frenzy, or any of the family of mobile devices, and to sign up for the FreedomPop service now, go to freedompop.com/liberty.