January 2015

wifi coverage mapA big day for FreedomPop today as the company announced a new wi-fi network of 10 million hotspots available to users on an unlimited basis of $5 per month.  Coverage began this morning and has continued throughout the day, with more to come.  The team secured coverage from The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, GigaOm, CNET, PCMag and many more as you can see below.
Wi-Fi Release Coverage 1/21:
Wall Street Journal
Could This New FreedomPop Wi-Fi Service Be An Alternative To Wireless Bills?
By Ryan Knutson and Thomas Gryta
January 21, 2015
“FreedomPop’s offering highlights a mini uprising of Quixotic efforts to carve out new, cheaper business models in the wireless business… Now, though, the ubiquity of Wi-Fi is making it more possible to use carrier service as a fallback or, for some earnest pioneers, to ditch it altogether.”
FreedomPop Cobbles Together a Wi-Fi Network of 10M Hotspots
By Kevin Fitchard
January 21, 2015
On Wednesday it will turn on access to a Wi-Fi network of 10 million hotspots and an unlimited voice, SMS and Wi-Fi data plan for $5 a month – quite a deal if you don’t mind cutting the tether to the cellular network completely.”
FreedomPop Turns On Unlimited WiFi In The US For $5/Month
By Ingrid Lunden
January 21, 2015
FreedomPop, the startup that is trying to steal users away from mobile carriers by offering free, basic cellular voice and data plans, is adding another string to its bow today… The service is potentially a shakeup for carriers that have been rolling out LTE services priced at a premium, and seems to fit usage patterns around already.”
FreedomPop rolls out unlimited Wi-Fi for $5 a month
By Lance Whitney
January 21, 2015
“FreedomPop is aiming the service at a variety of users — those who don’t want to chew up their cellular minutes or data, those with a Wi-Fi-only tablet, and even those who have a cellular-deactivated phone but would still like to use it to get online via Wi-Fi.”
Tom’s Hardware
FreedomPop Launches ‘LTE Alternative’ Carrier-Independent WiFi Service, $5 Per Month
By Seth Colaner
January 21, 2015
“FreedomPop really, really wants to punch the mobile wireless industry in the neck. (Or turn it on its head, whichever seems less violent to you.)”
FreedomPop CEO: We’ll crack 1M subscribers in Q2 or Q3
By Phil Goldstein
January 21, 2015
“Sprint MVNO FreedomPop will cross 1 million total customers sometime in the second or third quarter of 2015, earlier than expected.”
FreedomPop Launches $5 Wi-Fi Service
By Angela Moscaritolo
January 21, 2015
“If you constantly go over your smartphone data each month, FreedomPop has a new offer that might entice you.”
FreedomPop Launches Unlimited Wi-Fi For $5 Per Month
By Adnan Farooqui
January 21, 2015
“The company is going down this part as major carriers continue with the rollout of their LTE networks in the U.S. Those data services come at a high price and FreedomPop is targeting their customers with a cheaper Wi-Fi service.”
Multichannel News
FreedomPop Launches $5 Wi-Fi Only Plan
By Jeff Baumgartner
January 21, 2015
“He also sees the model appealing to consumers on a tight budget or those who can’t afford cellular services. Stokols said WiFi product could also give FreedomPop a way to eat into the prepaid smartphone market.”
Wireless Week
FreedomPop Offers $5 Unlimited Access to 10M Wi-Fi Hotspots
By Ben Munson
January 21, 2015
“Customers will gain access to FreedomPop’s aggregated Wi-Fi network via an Android app that automatically connects and authenticates. The service is available to any Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone or tablet regardless of compatible service provider.”
FreedomPop Wi-Fi Service Offers Unlimited Voice, Text and Data
By Joan Engebretson
January 21, 2015
“Stokols sees considerable pent up demand for the product from end users who have inquired about the company’s cellular offering but have not been able to switch to it because they have GSM phones and FreedomPop uses Sprint’s CDMA network.”
FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge
By Chris Davies
January 21, 2015
“FreedomPop’s offer of auto-connection at a relatively low price could be one solution for those more interested in getting online than spending their time hunting for a free option.”
FreedomPop Adds $5/Month Unlimited Wi-Fi Phone Service 
By Joseph Palenchar
January 21, 2015
Many of the hot spots are closed to public access, the company contended.”
FreedomPop’s $5 phone plans work on 10 million WiFi hotspots
By Brad Linder
January 21, 2015
“The company is positioning its nationwide WiFi network as a cheap alternative to 4G LTE networks. While the service will likely be far less reliable, it’s also far less expensive: you typically have to pay $50 or more per month for unlimited talk, text, and data on a cellular network. FreedomPop’s service will cost one tenth as much… I suppose paying $60 per year could look a lot better than paying $600 or more.”
FreedomPop’s Unlimited WiFi Plan Challenges Carriers
By Eric Zeman
January 21, 2015
“That said, however, FreedomPop’s offering is a compelling option for tablets or spare phones. At $5 month, it’s certainly worth testing.”
The Consumerist
FreedomPop Launches $5 Unlimited Public WiFi Access, But Is It Worth It?
By Ashlee Kiefer
January 21, 2015
“Or if you are constantly using your wireless data and regularly come up against the limits of your monthly allotment, a service like this might be an alternative worth looking into rather than committing to a more expensive data plan.”
Christian Science Monitor
FreedomPop debuts $5 unlimited Wi-Fi plan in 200 cities
By Tess Daniels
January 21, 2015
“The success of FreedomPop’s new model has yet to be determined, but with its low prices and high promises, this cheap Wi-Fi service could find an audience among city dwellers.”
Digital Trends
Unlimited Wi-Fi service for $5 a month comes to FreedomPop
By Malarie Gokey
January 21, 2015
“FreedomPop may be the biggest uncarrier of them all with its low-cost smartphone plans and Internet services. Now the game-changing startup will offer another intriguing service: connection to unlimited Wi-Fi for just $5 a month.”
FreedomPop Opens National Wi-Fi Hotspot Network
January 21, 2015
“FreedomPop is not building out its own Wi-Fi network, but has tapped a number of un-named partners to help power the new service. “
Android Authority
FreedomPop debuts calling, texting and access to 10 million Wifi hotspots for $5 per month
By Jimmy Westenberg
January 21, 2015
“The carrier is taking the next step in cheap plans by introducing a new plan that offers unlimited calling, texting and data access for only $5 per month.”
Android Headlines
$5 a Month Will Get You Unlimited Text, Data and Voice on FreedomPop’s WiFi Network
By Tom Dawson
January 21, 2015
“You can use this $5 a month to save on your data plan, making that 5 or 8GB low-cost plan of yours run a little further for just 5 bucks a month on top.”
Headlines & Global News
Smartphone Startup FreedomPop Offers Users Unlimited Wi-Fi Across America for $5 Per Month
By Christopher Hutton
January 21, 2015
“The service certainly sounds neat and makes a lot of sense for FreedomPop’s clients, but it’s not clear if the service will attract users outside of FreedomPop’s customer base.”
FreedomPop launches LTE Wi-Fi network in the US
January 21, 2015
“With auto-connect access to the Wi-Fi network, the company will offer any smartphone or tablet user, with any wireless carrier, unlimited voice, text and data on more than 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.”
FreedomPop rolls out $5/month unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot plan, works with any carrier
By Shawn Knight
January 21, 2015
“Another potential use is with abandoned phones; those that you may have lying around that aren’t signed on with a wireless carrier. FreedomPop’s plan could bring new life to those old devices, perhaps as a phone for your child or teen or again, as a way to cut back on data use on your primary plan.”
Latin Post
Wireless Wifi Internet Access Hotspots App: FreedomPop Allows Users to Buy Unlimited Wifi Network With Their Android Device
By Julia Harris
January 21, 2015
“Los Angeles-based startup FreedomPop is rolling out a low-cost WiFi service with automatic sign-on and unlimited use of 10 million hotspots across the U.S. for $5 a month.”
States Chronicle
Unlimited Voice, SMS and Wi-Fi with FreedomPp for $5/month
By Alicia Johnson
January 21, 2015
“Last year, the Wi-Fi only phone was victoriously release by FreedomPop, and the sales have been a blast. It was only one more step left towards a notorious success: that the mobile virtual network operator started promoting and selling Wi-Fi service.”
FreedomPop Launches $5 Monthly Wi-Fi-Only Plan
By Humberto Saabedra
January 21, 2015
“The service will allow for unlimited voice and messaging through a new Android app that will automatically locate and allow subscribers to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots found in Starbucks, Home Depot and other major locations such as public squares in the new network. “