Tag: FreedomPop

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.”
GigaOm
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.”
TechCrunch
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.”
 
CNET
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.)”
FierceWireless
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.”
PCMag
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.”
UberGizmo
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.”
 
Telecompetitor
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.”
 
SlashGear
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.”
 
TWICE
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.”
Lilyputing
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.”
InformationWeek
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.”
SoCalTech
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.”
Telecompaper
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.”
TechSpot
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.”
PhoneNews
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. “

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!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S4-White-Frost_SetUp_3_ContactsFreedomPop also launches new OTT (over-the-top) Android app that provides free calls, texts and voicemail to the millions of U.S. Android device users

FreedomPop, America’s free mobile service company, today announced its official shift to Sprint’s LTE network with the launch of its LTE phone lineup including the Samsung Victory, Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy S4. All new LTE devices will come with the same free service that hundreds of thousands of Americans already enjoy, which includes 500 MB of data, 200 voice calls and 500 texts free each month.

In addition, the company also announced the launch of its new “Unlimited Everything” plan for $20 per month providing unlimited talk, text and data. Free tethering will also be included on all new LTE phones so that they can easily and affordably be used as hotspots as well. After 1GB of data has been used for the month, LTE speeds will be limited to 3G speeds.

The company also announced the launch of its free, over-the-top (OTT) communications app on Android. The app allows any android user to take advantage of FreedomPop’s free voice and text services, while providing a new phone number, voice calls and texts – free. It is also the first OTT app that will allow users to port an existing number. Get the new Android app here http://fpop.co/app.

“Now that we have complete access to the most expansive wireless network, we are able to fully upgrade our device portfolio to the high-end smartphones that our customers want,” said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO.

The high-end Samsung smartphones join the growing list of mobile phones and devices available to FreedomPop users since its launch including the iPhone 5 and a number of other Android smartphones and wifi hotspots. To order one of the newly offered Samsung phones on FreedomPop and to sign up for service now, go to http://www.freedompop.com

Coverage Highlights

CNET
Free phone service FreedomPop unveils $20 ‘Unlimited’ plan
By Lance Whitney
May 22, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/news/free-phone-service-freedompop-unveils-20-dollar-unlimited-plan/

FierceWireless
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop launches $20 LTE plan, adds Samsung phones to lineup
By Phil Goldstein
May 22, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-mvno-freedompop-launches-20-lte-plan-adds-samsung-phones-lineup/2014-05-22

TWICE
FreedomPop Expands LTE, Adds Unlimited Everything Plan
By Joseph Pelanchar
May 22, 2014
http://www.twice.com/news/smartphones/freedompop-expands-lte-adds-unlimited-everything-plan/45366

GigaOm
FreedomPop joins the ranks of carriers offering limited “unlimited” data plans
By Kevin Fitchard
May 22, 2014
https://gigaom.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-joins-the-ranks-of-carriers-offering-limited-unlimited-data-plans/

Engadget
$20 FreedomPop ‘Unlimited Everything’ plan includes 1GB of Sprint LTE, limits
By Zach Honig
May 22, 2014
http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-unlimited-everything

The Next Web
FreedomPop approaches 250000 subscribers for its free mobile service
By Josh Ong
May 23, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/05/23/freedompop-approaches-250000-subscribers-free-wireless-carrier-service/

PhoneScoop
FreedomPop Adds Three LTE Samsung Phones to Lineup
By Eric Zeman
May 22, 2014
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=14113

WirelessWeek
FreedomPop Launches $20 Unlimited Everything Plan, LTE Phones, Android App
By Ben Munson
May 22, 2014
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2014/05/freedompop-launches-20-unlimited-everything-plan-lte-phones-android-app

Telecompetitor
FreedomPop unveils new LTE phones, unlimited mobile plan
By Joan E.
May 22, 2014
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-unveils-new-lte-phones-new-unlimited-mobile-plan–1015425

Gizmodo
You Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on a Galaxy S4
By Ashley Feinberg
May 22, 2014
http://gizmodo.com/you-can-now-get-totally-free-voice-texts-and-data-on-1580021339

MultiChannelNews
FreedomPop Adds LTE Phones To Arsenal
By Jeff Baumgartner
May 22, 2014
http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/freedompop-adds-lte-phones-arsenal/374712

AndroidPolice
FreedomPop Unveils Free Voice And Text App, New $20 ‘Unlimited’ Plan With Access To Sprint LTE, And More
By Bert King
May 22, 2014
http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/05/22/new-app-freedompop-unveils-free-voice-text-app-new-20-unlimited-plan-access-sprint-lte/

iphone5_setup2LOS ANGELES, CA – April 29, 2014 – FreedomPop, America’s fastest growing mobile service company, today introduced the first free mobile service plans for the Apple iPhone. FreedomPop, which launched the world’s only free mobile phone service late last year on select Android devices, is now adding the popular iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models to its growing portfolio of smartphone service plans. The company also announced the launch of its new iOS app, FreedomPop Free Voice and Text, which will provide any iOS device user free voice, text and voicemail.

“With iPhones now making up almost 50 percent of the US smartphone market and their users burdened by expensive service plans, supporting iOS is a top priority for us,” said Steven Sesar, COO of FreedomPop. “Adding the iPhone and launching our iOS app allows us to deliver our free service to a market desperate for a break from high-cost plans.”
Since launching its free mobile service plan, FreedomPop has experienced a momentous response, signing up hundreds of thousands of new customers. The company also offers customers the ability to bring their own device, and is continually adding eligible phones to its device portfolio, including the iPhone 4 and 5 models announced today. FreedomPop will sell the iPhone 5 directly through its website for $349. Customers can bring their existing iPhone 4 device and activate on the website upon signing up for service. Both devices are offered the same low-cost, disruptive pricing plans as its other smartphones. The free plan will include 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages and 500 MBs of data per month. Unlimited voice, text and data plans will start at under $5 per month.
With the launch of its new iOS app, FreedomPop allows any iPhone user stuck in an existing contract to save hundreds of dollars per year by downgrading their voice plans and leveraging FreedomPop’s free voice and text service directly from their existing phone. Today, any iPhone, iPad or iPod user can download FreedomPop’s new communication app, which provides free calls, texts and voicemail. Customers also have the option to port their existing number to FreedomPop or select a new one. For the new iOS app, visit our page on the iTunes store (http://fpop.co/ios).
To order the iPhone 5 or activate your current iPhone 4 on FreedomPop and to sign up for service now, go to www.FreedomPop.com/iphone

Here are some of the articles that appeared around the news:

CNN Money
Virtual operator FreedomPop brings its freemium service to the iPhone
April 29, 2014
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2014_04_28_virtual_operator_freedompop_brings_its_freemium_service_to_the_iphone.html 

WFTV – Clark Howard Show
Smartphone and Data Plan Guide for 2014
By Clark Howard
May 1, 2014
http://www.wftv.com/news/business/consumer-advice/smartphone-and-data-plan-guide-2014/nfmzH/

 

re/code
FreedomPop to Sell First Apple Devices, Offering iPhone 5 With Its Free and Low-Cost Plans
By Ina Fried
April 28, 2014
http://recode.net/2014/04/28/freedompop-to-sell-first-apple-devices-offering-iphone-5-with-its-free-and-low-cost-plans/ 

USA Today
FreedomPop goes to China to upend U.S. smartphone market
By John Shinal
April 28, 2014
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2014/04/28/freedom-pop-goes-to-china-to-upend-us-smartphone-market/8124559/ 

USA Today
Smartphone refurbishing is going mainstream
By John Shinal
April 28, 2014
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2014/04/28/ebay-masayoshi-son-brightstar-smartphone-market/8418491/ 

PC Magazine
FreedomPop Adds iPhone to Lineup
By Chloe Albenesius
April 29, 2014
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2457255,00.asp

CNET
Free iPhone use? FreedomPop proves it’s possible
By Don Reisinger
April 29, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/news/free-iphone-use-freedompop-proves-its-possible/ 

GigaOm
Virtual operator FreedomPop brings its freemium service to the iPhone
By Kevin Fitchard
April 29, 2014
http://gigaom.com/2014/04/28/virtual-operator-freedompop-brings-its-freemium-service-to-the-iphone/ 

TheNextWeb
FreedomPop’s free mobile service comes to the iPhone
By Roberto Baldwin
April 28, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/04/29/freedompops-free-mobile-service-comes-iphone/ 

LifeHacker
FreedomPop Unveils New Free iPhone Voice, Text, and Data Plans
By Alan Henry
April 29, 2014
http://lifehacker.com/freedompop-unveils-new-free-iphone-voice-text-and-dat-1568944798?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+(Lifehacker) 

Engadget
You can now use the iPhone for free, as long as you don’t mind old gear
By Jon Fingas
April 29, 2014
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/29/freedompop-iphone/?ncid=rss_truncated 

CIO
Get Free Data, Talk and Text When You Buy an iPhone from FreedomPop –
By Bill Snyder
April 29, 2014
http://blogs.cio.com/mobilewireless/18551/freedompop-apple-iphone-sprint-data-plan

ZDNET
FreedomPop announces free voice and data plans for iPhone
By Jason O’Grady
April 29, 2014
http://www.zdnet.com/freedompop-announces-free-voice-and-data-plans-for-iphone-7000028860/

GizModo
Now You Can Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on Your iPhone
By Jamie Condliffe
April 29, 2014
http://gizmodo.com/now-you-can-get-totally-free-voice-texts-and-data-on-1569143815

FierceWireless
FreedomPop to sell refurbished LTE iPhone 5 for $349
By Mike Dano
April 28, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-sell-refurbished-lte-iphone-5-349/2014-04-28?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

FierceWireless
FreedomPop to sell refurbished LTE iPhone 5 for $349
By Mike Dano
April 28, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-sell-refurbished-lte-iphone-5-349/2014-04-28 

Light Reading
FreedomPop Gets LTE iPhone, Free iOS App
By Dan Jones
April 28, 2014
http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/devices-smartphones/freedompop-gets-lte-iphone-free-ios-app/d/d-id/708818?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT

TWICE
FreedomPop Extends Free And Low-Cost Service To iPhones
By Joseph Palenchar
April 29, 2014
http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/freedompop-extends-free-and-low-cost-service-iphones/110761

BGR
You can now get completely free calling, texting and data on your iPhone
By Zach Epstein
April 29, 2014
http://bgr.com/2014/04/29/iphone-5-freedompop-free-data/

RCRWireless
FreedomPop adds iPhone 5, taps into Sprint’s LTE network
By Dan Meyer
April 29, 2014
http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20140428/carriers/freedompop-adds-iphone-5-taps-sprints-lte-network/

TelecomPaper
FreedomPop offering iPhone on free service plan
April 29, 2014
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-offering-iphone-on-free-service-plan–1010850

SlashGear
FreedomPop launches refurbished iPhone 5 on its calling plans
By Shane McGlaun
April 29, 2014
http://www.slashgear.com/freedompop-launches-refurbished-iphone-5-on-its-calling-plans-29326822/

MacLife
Overnight Recap: MacBook Air Price Cut, FreedomPop iPhone, Re/code Event
By J.R. Bookwalter
April 29, 2014
http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_macbook_air_price_cut_freedompop_iphone_recode_event

9to5 Mac
FreedomPop now supports iPhone 4/5 on its free wireless plans, launches iOS app for free voice & text
By Jordan Kahn
April 28, 2014
http://9to5mac.com/2014/04/28/freedompop-now-supports-iphone-45-on-its-free-wireless-plans-launches-ios-app-for-free-voice-text/ 

AppAdvice
FreedomPop Adds iPhone 5, iPhone 4 To Its Free No-Contract Plans
By Joe White
April 29, 2014
http://appadvice.com/appnn/2014/04/freedompop-adds-iphone-5-iphone-4-to-its-free-no-contract-plans

You know that AT&T TV commercial for the new Mobile Share Value plan for unlimited talk and text for $45/month?  The customer asks, “What’s the catch?” and the salesperson says “There is no catch.”  There is a big catch – the $45 doesn’t include a phone. A new iPhone 5S from AT&T will cost you $650. If you choose to buy it on installments, your monthly bill soars to $77.50 a month. And, by the way, the data plan in question limits you to 300 megabytes of data a month.

FreedomPop has declared war on the carriers, on behalf of consumers who are tired of getting exploited.  This week they launched a new plan that provides unlimited data and voice for $4.58 a month.  To put that into context, if you were to buy the equivalent plan on AT&T for one month, you could have gotten two years of service with FreedomPop.  That’s a huge difference.

So is this the reason that AT&T and others are lowering their prices?  To compete with the underdog gaining the headlines?  Maybe so.

Here are some print and online reports.  There were over 80 broadcast stories today alone.

USA Today (Print & Online)
For consumer cellular prices, look out below!
By John Shinal
February 10, 2014
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2014/02/10/att-family-data-plan-sprint-t-mobile-new-tech-economy-john-shinal/5279941/

CNN
FreedomPop adds unlimited voice and SMS plan for $4.58 a month, with 500 MB free
February 10, 2014
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2014_02_10_freedompop_adds_unlimited_voice_and_sms_plan_for_4_58_a_month_with_500_mb_free.html

CNBC
For consumer cellular prices, look out below!
February 10, 2014
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101404127

MSNBC
Word on the Street – Mobile Prices
February 11, 2014
http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=205&DateTime=2%2F11%2F2014+5%3A39%3A45+AM&Term=Freedom+Pop&PlayClip=TRUE

PC Magazine
FreedomPop Adds $5 Plan, Galaxy S II
By Stephanie Mlot
February 10, 2014
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2452983,00.asp

Engadget
FreedomPop lets you save more by paying up front for cheap cellphone service
By Chris Velazco
February 10, 2014
http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/10/freedompop-cheap-plan-upfront/

WirelessWeek
FreedomPop Intros Unlimited Talk, Text Plan for $4.58/Month
By Ben Munson
February 10, 2014
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2014/02/freedompop-intros-unlimited-talk-text-plan-458/month

TheNextWeb
Budget carrier FreedomPop offers a new $5 wireless plan with unlimited voice and text
By Josh Ong
February 10, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/02/10/budget-carrier-freedompop-offers-new-5-wireless-plan-unlimited-voice-text/

Fierce Wireless
FreedomPop releases $169 Galaxy S II, drops unlimited calling, texting to $4.58/month
By Mike Dano
February 10, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-releases-169-galaxy-s-ii-drops-unlimited-calling-texting-458mont/2014-02-10?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

TWICE
FreedomPop Launches $4.58/Month Unlimited Voice, Text Plan
By Joseph Pelanchar
February 10, 2014
http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/freedompop-launches-458month-unlimited-voice-text-plan/109953

GigaOm
FreedomPop adds unlimited voice and SMS plan for $4.58 a month, with 500 MB free
By Kevin Fitchard
February 10, 2014
http://gigaom.com/2014/02/10/freedompop-adds-unlimited-voice-and-sms-plan-for-4-58-a-month-with-500-mb-free/

IntoMobile
FreedomPop Launches $5 a Month Plan, Adds Samsung Galaxy S II to Lineup
By Ian Kersey
February 10, 2014
http://www.intomobile.com/2014/02/10/freedompop-launches-5-month-plan/

RCR Wireless
FreedomPop launches data-free plan for less than $5 per month
By Dan Meyer
February 10, 2014
http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20140210/carriers/freedompop-launches-data-free-plan-for-less-than-5-per-month/

Our own April Mayrath has been busy racking up frequent flier miles as she flies to local TV stations to provide advice on the best tech gadgets and apps for the holidays.  We are proud to give some broadcast love to the companies we love, including FreedomPop, Gogobot, Azumio, LifeTrak, and Sleep Genius.

So far April has appeared on KUTV-CBS in Salt Lake City (you can watch by clicking below), and on KVVU-FOX in Las Vegas.  That’s just the start – more to come!

Happy Holidays!

HTC_EVO_4G_FP_shine.pngFreedomPop’s launch of the Freedom Phone in October, response was “off the hook” as demand flooded the company and they sold out of their inventory in 24 hours.  The team worked furiously to deliver more options to consumers who wanted to bring their cell phones to zero and today they announced a “bring your own phone” plan that allows owners of select Sprint phones to join the FreedomPop network to enjoy the benefits of free voice, data and text.

In addition, the company is now offering a $99 HTC Evo 4G which also comes with a lifetime of free voice, text and data.

Below is a snapshot of some of the coverage around the announcement this morning, with more stories expected to be coming soon.

Congratulations to the FreedomPop team!

FreedomPop Sample Coverage:

Forbes
FreedomPop Plans to bring Cheap Calling Service to the iPhone
By Parmy Olson
November 19, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/11/19/freedompop-plans-to-bring-cheap-calling-service-to-the-iphone/
 
Fast Company
These Smartphones can now get free talk, text and data thanks to FreedomPop
By Pranav Dixit
November 19, 2013
http://www.fastcompany.com/3021892/fast-feed/these-sprint-smartphones-can-now-get-free-talk-text-and-data-thanks-to-freedompop
 
GigaOm
Got an old Sprint phone? FreedomPop will activate it under its freemium plans
By Kevin Fitchard
November 19, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/11/19/got-an-old-sprint-phone-freedompop-will-activate-it-under-its-freemium-plans/
 
BusinessWeek
A New Use for old Sprint Phones
November 19, 2013
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-19/a-new-use-for-old-sprint-phones
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With Sprint Phones
By Sascha Segan
November 19, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427326,00.asp
 
Gizmodo
10 Old Sprint Phones Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data
By Eric Limer
November 19, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/10-old-sprint-phones-can-now-get-totally-free-voice-te-1467027252
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop now lets you use old Sprint phones on its free mobile service
By Josh Ong
November 19, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-bring-phone-free-mobile-service/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop intros bring your own phone option
By Ben Munson
November 19, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/11/freedompop-intros-bring-your-own-phone-option
 
Engadget
FreedomPop now lets you bring your own phone, offers $99 HTC Evo 4G
By Jon Fingas
November 19, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-you-bring-your-own-phone/
 
9to5Mac
FreedomPop expanding free wireless plan to all Sprint smartphones, iPhones included
By Jordan Khan
November 19, 2013
http://9to5mac.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-expanding-free-wireless-plan-to-all-sprint-devices-iphones-included/
 
Mobile Magazine
How to Get Free Talk, Text and Data on Sprint Via FreedomPop BYOD
By Michael Kwan
November 19, 2013
http://www.mobilemag.com/2013/11/19/get-free-talk-text-data-sprint-via-freedompop-byod/
 
Android Police
FreedomPop Now Lets You Activate Some Sprint Devices On Its Free Phone Service
By Ryan Whitwam
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-you-activate-some-sprint-devices-on-its-free-phone-service/
 
Android Guys
FreedomPop Debuts Bring your own phone plan, now offering HTC Evo 4G
By Scott Webster
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-debuts-bring-phone-plan-now-offering-htc-evo-4g/
 
Telecom Paper
FreedomPop launches “Bring your own phone” initiative
November 19, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-launches-bring-your-own-phone-initiative–980790
 
TechHive
Bring your own phone to FreedomPop, get free service
By Jared Newman
November 19, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2064686/bring-your-own-phone-to-freedompop-get-free-service.html
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop Expands Free Smartphone Plan Offerings, Bring Your Own Sprint Phone
By Seth Colaner
November 19, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPop-Expands-Free-Smartphone-Plan-Offerings-Bring-Your-Own-Sprint-Phone/
 
Android Authority
FreedomPop introduces new BYOD plan: gives you free voice, text and data
By Andrew Grush
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidauthority.com/freedompop-byod-318058/
 
Phone Dog
FreedomPop now supports old Sprint phones on free service plan, also selling HTC EVO 4G
Alex Wagner
November 19, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-supports-old-sprint-phones-on-free-service-plan-also-selling-htc-evo-4g/
 
UpRoxx
FreedomPop Brings Free Calls, Text, And Data To Your Old Sprint Phone
By Dan Seitz
November 19, 2013
http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/11/freedompop-brings-free-calls-text-data-old-sprint-phone/
 
Liliputing
Use your old Sprint phone with FreedomPop’s free phone service
By Brad Linder
By November 19, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/11/use-old-sprint-phone-freedompops-free-phone-service.html
 
My Android Chief
FreedomPop Introduces New BYOD Plan: Gives You Free Voice, Text And Data
By November 19, 2013
http://myandroidchief.com/freedompop-introduces-new-byod-plan-gives-you-free-voice-text-and-data/
 
DSLReports
FreedomPop Starts Allowing Older Sprint Phones
By Karl Bode
November 19, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Starts-Allowing-Older-Sprint-Phones-126721
 
 

htc-evo-design_FredomPopSometimes, you just have to let the coverage speak for itself…  Yep, we blew it out.

FREEDOM PHONE COVERAGE – 10/1/13

Wall Street Journal
If You Want Free Cellphone Service, It’s Now Available
By Thomas Gryta
October 1, 2013
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/10/01/if-you-want-free-cellphone-service-its-now-available/
 
Forbes
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With HTC EVO Design
By Tomio Geron
October 1, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-phone-service-with-htc-evo-design/
 
USA Today
Heard of free smartphones? How about free service?
By John Shinal
October 1, 2013
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2013/10/01/free-smartphone-service-freedompop-verizon-wireless-sprint-att/2898609/
 
Fast Company
On its first birthday, FreedomPop debutes free phone plan
By Alice Truong
October 1, 2013
http://www.fastcompany.com/3018690/tech-forecast/on-its-first-birthday-freedompop-debuts-free-phone-plan
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop Makes Its Move Into the Phone Business With Free and Low-Cost Options
By Ina Fried
October 1, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20131001/freedompop-makes-its-move-into-the-phone-business-with-free-and-low-cost-options/
 
Buzzfeed
By Matthew Lynley
FreedomPop, Unlike Apple, Sees An Opportunity In Cheap Smartphones
October 1, 2013
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/freedompop-unlike-apple-sees-an-opportunity-in-cheap-smartph?s=mobile
 
GigaOm
FreedomPop launches its smartphone VoIP service, giving away 200 minutes each month
By Kevin Fitchard
October 1, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-its-smartphone-voip-service-giving-away-500-minutes-each-month/
 
The Huffington Post
FreedomPop Launches Plan With Free Calling And Text
By Betsy Isaacson
October 1, 2013
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-plan-free_n_4024623.html
 
Mashable
New Mobile Service Offers Data and Minutes for Free — for Life
By Emily Price
October 1, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-free-phone/
 
TechCrunch
FreedomPop Takes Aim At Carriers With Its New, Free Phone Plan
By Chris Velazco
October 1, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-takes-aim-at-carriers-with-its-new-free-phone-plan/
 
Engadget
FreedomPop intros a free plan: includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data per month
Joseph Volpe
October 1, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-wireless-service/
 
Fierce Wireless
FreedomPop intros $99 smartphone, $11/month unlimited talking, texting plan
By Mike Dano
October 1, 2013
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-intros-99-smartphone-11month-unlimited-talking-texting-plan/2013-10-01
 
CNET
FreedomPop launches free mobile plan with 200 minutes
By Don Reisinger
October 1, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605465-94/freedompop-launches-free-mobile-plan-with-200-minutes/
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With HTC EVO Design
By Stephanie Mlot
October 1, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2425079,00.asp
 
eWeek
FreedomPop Phone Is First ‘100 Percent Free Mobile Phone Service’
By Michelle Maisto
October 1, 2013
http://www.eweek.com/networking/freedompop-phone-is-first-100-percent-free-mobile-phone-service.html
 
VentureBeat
More than free data: FreedomPop launches carrier-killing mobile service with free calls and texts
By Devindra Hardawar
October 1, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/01/more-than-free-data-freedompop-offers-free-calls-and-texts-with-new-mobile-service/
 
IntoMobile
FreedomPop Launches Free Mobile Service, Affordable Plans For Heavy Users
By Ian Kersey
October 1, 2013
http://www.intomobile.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-mobile-service-affordable-plans-heavy-users/
 
Ars Technica
No contract, no fee: Free (500MB) smartphone plan offered by FreedomPop
By Jon Brodkin
October 1, 2013
http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/no-contract-no-fee-free-500mb-smartphone-plan-offered-by-freedompop/
 
Light Reading
FreedomPop Phones It In (for Free)
By Dan Jones
October 1, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=705892&f_src=lightreading_gnews
 
Gizmodo
Heck Yes! The First Free Wireless Plan Is Finally Here
By Eric Limer
October 1, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/heck-yes-the-first-free-wireless-plan-is-finally-here-1429566597
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop is hitting US carriers where it hurts with its new free mobile phone service
By Josh Ong
October 1, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/01/freedompop-is-hitting-us-carriers-where-it-hurts-with-its-new-free-mobile-phone-service/
 
Digital Trends
FreedomPop launches free smartphone talk and data service (and a $100 HTC Evo)
By Jeffrey Van Camp
October 1, 2013
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/freedompop-phone-launch/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop’s Freemium Phone Service Finally Gets its Phone
By Ben Munson
October 1, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/10/freedompop%E2%80%99s-freemium-phone-service-finally-gets-its-phone
 
TheStreet.com
FreedomPop: Giving Away Free 4G Connections
By Gary Krakow
October 1, 2013
http://www.thestreet.com/story/11723801/1/freedompop-giving-away-free-4g-connections.html
 
Multichannel News
FreedomPop Uncorks ‘Free’ Mobile Service
By Jeff Baumgartner
October 1, 2013
http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/freedompop-uncorks-%E2%80%98free%E2%80%99-mobile-service/145829
 
Pando Daily
Can FreedomPop become a sustainable business with a cheap smartphone and free services?
By Nathaniel Mott
October 1, 2013
http://pandodaily.com/2013/10/01/can-freedompop-become-a-sustainable-business-with-a-cheap-smartphone-and-free-services/
 
Lifehacker
FreedomPop Now Offers Completely Free Mobile Phone Service
By Melanie Pinola
October 1, 2013
http://lifehacker.com/freedompop-now-offers-completely-free-mobile-phone-serv-1434225783
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop’s Free Smartphone Service Launches Today
By Seth Colaner
By October 1, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPops-Free-Smartphone-Service-Launches-Today/
 
Maximum PC
FreedomPop Kicks Off Free Mobile Phone Service, Sells $99 HTC Evo Design
By Paul Lilly
October 1, 2013
http://www.maximumpc.com/freedompop_kicks_free_mobile_phone_service_sells_99_htc_evo_design2013
 
Telecompetitor
FreedomPop CEO Details Free Mobile Voice, Text and Data Service
By Joan Engebretson
October 1, 2013
http://www.telecompetitor.com/freedompop-ceo-details-free-mobile-voice-text-data-service/
 
DSL Reports
FreedomPop Starts Selling Phones, Mobile VoIP
By Karl Bode
October 1, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Starts-Selling-Phones-Mobile-VoIP-126046
 
The Droid Guys
FreedomPop now offering fully free smartphone service
By Valerie Richardson
October 1, 2013
http://thedroidguy.com/2013/10/freedompop-now-offering-fully-free-smartphone-service/
 
Ubergizmo
FreedomPop Launches Free Cell Phone Service
By Daniel Perez               
October 1, 2013
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/10/freedompop-launches-free-cell-phone-service/
 
SoCalTech
FreedomPop Launches Its Free Mobile Phone Service
By Ben Kuo
October 1, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_launches_its_free_mobile_phone_service/s-0051680.html
 
SlashGear
FreedomPop adds free monthly calls and texts on top of data
By Brittany Hillen
October 1, 2013
http://www.slashgear.com/freedompop-adds-free-monthly-calls-and-texts-on-top-of-data-01299965/
 
TechSpot
FreedomPop launches free mobile phone service on Sprint’s network
By Shawn Knight
October 1, 2013
http://www.techspot.com/news/54184-freedompop-launches-free-mobile-phone-service-on-sprints-network.html
 
RCR Wireless
FreedomPop enters smartphone space with ‘free’ service
By Dan Meyer
October 1, 2013
http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20131001/carriers/freedompop-enters-smartphone-space-with-free-service/
 
Android Police
FreedomPop Begins Offering Completely Free Mobile Phone Service With 200 Minutes, 500 Texts, And 500MB of Data
By Ryan Whitwam
October 1, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-begins-offering-completely-free-mobile-phone-service-with-200-minutes-500-texts-and-500mb-of-data/
 
Android Community
FreedomPop Phone service launches with HTC EVO Design
By Robert Nelson
October 1, 2013
http://androidcommunity.com/freedompop-phone-service-launches-with-htc-evo-design-20131001/
 
Android Authority
FreedomPop officially launches free phone service, offers $99 HTC EVO Design as first compatible handset
By Andrew Grush
October 1, 2013
http://www.androidauthority.com/freedompop-phone-evo-design-278646/
 
PhoneDog
FreedomPop Phone launches with HTC EVO Design, free monthly service plan
By Alex Wagner
October 1, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-phone-launches-with-htc-evo-design-free-monthly-service-plan/
 
IDG
FreedomPop offers free cellphone service–with a small catch
By Armando Rodriguez
October 1, 2013
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=980B600A-FBB9-9FF0-905AF294EA1748D7
 
Liliputing
FreedomPop offers freemium smartphone service
By Brad Linder
October 1, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/10/freedompop-offers-freemium-smartphone-service.html
 
CIO Today
FreedomPop Steps Into Phone Biz with HTC EVO Design
By Nancy Owano
October 1, 2013
http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=001000001XAM
 
Gotta Be Mobile
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service
By Craig Lloyd
October 1, 2013
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-phone-service/
 
PhoneNews
FreedomPop Launches Phone Service With HTC EVO Design 4G
By Humberto Saabedra
October 1, 2013
http://www.phonenews.com/freedompop-launches-phone-service-with-htc-evo-design-4g-24053/
 
News for Shoppers
FreedomPop Launches Free Cell Phone Plan – 200 Minutes For $0
By Chris Andrews
October 1, 2013
http://www.newsforshoppers.com/freedompop-launches-free-cell-phone-plan-200-minutes-for-0/36715877/
 
Blouin News
Inching closer to “free” wireless in the U.S
By Juliana Kenny
October 1, 2013
http://blogs.blouinnews.com/blouinbeattechnology/2013/10/01/inching-closer-to-free-wireless-in-the-u-s/
 
Technology Guide
FreedomPop Offers First Free Wireless Plan Including Data, Voice, and Text
By Sarah White
October 1, 2013
http://www.technologyguide.com/news/freedompop-offers-first-free-wireless-plan-including-data-voice-and-text/
 
Mind of the Geek
FreedomPop launches free smartphone plans
By Brett Watz
October 1, 2013
http://mindofthegeek.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-smartphone-plans/
 
 

Have you seen America’s new (and hottest) free Internet provider in the news?   They’ve had a great month of coverage, spanning broadcast to broadsheets.

Check out a sampling here.

FreedomPop August 2013 image

0604_technology-freedompop-stokols_650x455Today heralds the expansion of the FreedomPop network onto LTE using Sprint’s footprint across the nation.  With this move, FreedomPop paves the way for their upcoming Freedom Phone launch, providing free voice, data, and text, as well as any other upcoming LTE-enabled devices.

Below is a snapshot of some of the press covering the announcement today.  Congrats Team FreedomPop.

LTE ANNOUNCEMENT MEDIA COVERAGE – 8/6

CNET
FreedomPop mobile hotspot now supports Sprint’s 4G LTE
By Lance Whitney
August 6, 2013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57597187-94/freedompop-mobile-hotspot-now-supports-sprints-4g-lte/
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop LTE Hotspot Now Available on Sprint
By Stepanie Mlot
August 6, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422758,00.asp
 
Forbes
FreedomPop Rolls Out LTE Hotspot, Expands To Sprint LTE Network
By Tomio Geron
August 6, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/08/06/freedompop-rolls-out-lte-hotspot-expands-to-sprint-lte-network/
 
VentureBeat
FreedomPop brings free mobile service to Sprint’s LTE network, amid overwhelming demand
By Devindra Hardawar
August 6, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-finally-heads-to-sprints-lte-network-amid-overwhelming-demand/
 
GigaOM
FreedomPop racks up 100K users, adds Sprint LTE to its mobile data arsenal
By Kevin Fitchard
August 6, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-racks-up-100k-users-adds-sprint-lte-to-its-mobile-data-arsenal/
 
TechCrunch
Freemium Wireless Startup FreedomPop Embraces Sprint’s LTE Network With New Hardware
By Chris Velazco
August 6, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/06/freemium-wireless-startup-freedompop-embraces-sprints-lte-network-with-new-hardware/
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop, TextNow Plan New Services Atop Sprint’s Network
By Ina Fried
August 6, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20130806/freedompop-textnow-plan-new-services-atop-sprints-network/?refcat=news
 
Pando Daily
“Data is a true commodity that users want to commoditize even further”
By Nathaniel Mott
August 6, 2013
http://pandodaily.com/2013/08/06/data-is-a-true-commodity-that-users-want-to-commoditize-even-further/
 
Engadget
FreedomPop jumps to LTE, lets you run out of free data faster than ever
By Jon Fingas
August 6, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-jumps-to-lte/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget
 
Ars Technica
FreedomPop: Buy a hotspot, get 500MB of free Sprint LTE each month
By John Brodkin
August 6, 2013
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/freedompop-buy-a-hotspot-get-500mb-of-free-sprint-lte-each-month/
 
Fierce Wireless
FreedomPop crosses 100K subs, adds support for Sprint’s LTE network
By Phil Goldstein
August 6, 2013
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-crosses-100k-subs-adds-support-sprints-lte-network/2013-08-06
 
MultiChannel News
FreedomPop Launches LTE Hotspot
By Jeff Baumgartner
August 6, 2013
http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/freedompop-launches-lte-hotspot/144821
 
TheNextWeb
Free Internet provider FreedomPop begins offering LTE mobile hotspots with 500MB of monthly data
By Josh Ong
August 6, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/08/06/free-internet-provider-freedompop-begins-offering-lte-mobile-hotspots/
 
TechHive
FreedomPop’s freemium wireless service embraces Sprint’s LTE network
By Jared Newman
August 6, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2046027/freedompops-freemium-wireless-service-embraces-sprints-lte-network.html
 
The Verge
FreedomPop offers 500MB of free LTE a month, upgrades to Sprint’s faster 4G network
By Sean Hollister
August 6, 2013
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/6/4592698/freedompop-lte-upgrade-via-sprint-agreement
 
Light Reading
FreedomPop Jumps on Sprint LTE
By Sarah Reedy
August 6, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/smartphones-handsets/freedompop-jumps-on-sprint-lte/240159521
 
TWICE
FreedomPop Launches Its First LTE Device
By Joseph Palenchar
August 6, 2013
http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/freedompop-launches-its-first-lte-device/107870
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop Goes LTE, Releases New LTE Hotspot
By Ben Munson
August 6, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/08/freedompop-goes-lte-releases-new-lte-hotspot
 
SoCalTECH
FreedomPop Expands Free Wireless Broadband On Sprint LTE
By Ben Kuo
August 6, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_expands_free_wireless_broadband_on_sprint_lte/s-0050720.html
 
Sci-Tech Today
FreedomPop To Offer ‘Free’ 4G LTE Data Using Sprint
By Seth Fitzgerald
August 6, 2013
http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/FreedomPop-To-Offer–Free–LTE-Data-/story.xhtml?story_id=012001GT2JGC
 
Sacramento Bee
FreedomPop Expands Network To Include Nationwide LTE Wireless Internet Service
August 6, 2013
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/06/5626843/freedompop-expands-network-to.html
 
Mind of the Geek
Want free 4G LTE? FreedomPop now has you covered
By Brett Watz
August 6, 2013
http://mindofthegeek.com/2013/08/06/want-free-4g-lte-freedompop-now-has-you-covered/
 
Phone Dog
FreedomPop now using Sprint’s 4G LTE network, launches LTE hotspot with 500MB of free data per month
By Alex Wagner
August 6, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/08/06/freedompop-now-using-sprint-s-4g-lte-network-launches-lte-hotspot-with-500mb-of-free-data-per-month/
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop Expands to Sprint’s 4G LTE Network, Adds A Mobile Hotspot to Product Lineup
By Seth Colaner
August 6, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPop-Expands-to-Sprints-4G-LTE-Network-Adds-A-Mobile-Hotspot-to-Product-Lineup-/
 
DSLReports.com
FreedomPop Offers LTE Service Via New Hotspot
By Karl Bode
August 6, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Offers-LTE-Service-Via-New-Hotspot-125272?nocomment=1
 
Telecom Paper
FreedomPop expands into the Sprint LTE network
August 6, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-expands-into-the-sprint-lte-network–959670
 
Liliputing
FreedomPop gets faster, offers free 4G LTE service
August 6, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/08/freedompop-gets-faster-offers-free-4g-lte-service.html
 
EVDOinfo.com
FreedomPop offers Sprint 4G LTE MVNO package
August 6, 2013
http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/4574/64/
 
Phone News
FreedomPop Launches LTE Service, Confirms Mobile VoIP Service Timeline
By Humberto Saabedra
August 6, 2013
http://www.phonenews.com/freedompop-launches-lte-service-confirms-mobile-voip-service-timeline-23209/

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Today the FreedomPop team announced an additional $5M A.1 round, bringing their total Series A up to $16M.  Existing investors DCM and Mangrove participated, helping the company address the extraordinary demand seen for their products, especially the upcoming Freedom Phone slated for launch later this summer.

The image above is a poster in one of FreedomPop’s offices signed by notable visitors, including their VCs, and heck, even me.

Here are a few coverage highlights on today’s news:

Multichannel News
Lands $5 Million Round As it Prepares to Launch ‘Freedom Phone’
By Jeff Baumgartner
July 11, 2013
http://www.multichannel.com/technology/freedompop-stacks-more-cash/144355
 
TechCrunch
FreedomPop Raises Another $5 Million To Help Launch Its Freemium Mobile Phone Service
By Chris Velazco
July 11, 2013
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/freedompop-raises-another-5-5m-to-help-launch-its-freemium-mobile-phone-service/
 
All Things Digital
FreedomPop Rakes In Another $5 Million to Fund Free Mobile Service
By Ina Fried
July 11, 2013
http://allthingsd.com/20130711/freedompop-rakes-in-another-5-million-to-fund-free-mobile-service/
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop raises $5 million to meet strong demand for upcoming free phone service
By Josh Ong
July 11, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/07/11/freedompop-raises-5-million-to-meet-strong-demand-for-upcoming-free-phone-service/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop Raises Another $5 Million for Free Wireless Service
By Ben Munson
July 11, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/07/freedompop-raises-another-5-million-free-wireless-service
 
GigaOM
Gearing up to launch its VoIP service, FreedomPop raises another $5M
By Kevin Fitchard
July 11, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/07/11/gearing-up-to-launch-its-voip-service-freedompop-raises-another-5m/
 
Light Reading
FreedomPop Grabs $5M to Support Android Push
By Dan Jones
July 11, 2013
http://www.lightreading.com/smartphones-handsets/freedompop-grabs-5m-to-support-android-push/240158083  
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Nabs $5M Ahead of Free Phone Service Launch
By Stephanie Mlot
July 11, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421665,00.asp
 
SoCalTECH
FreedomPop Gets $5M In New Funding For Free Phone, Wireless Service
By Ben Kuo
July 11, 2013
http://www.socaltech.com/freedompop_gets__m_in_new_funding_for_free_phone_wireless_service/s-0050246.html
 
HNGN
Free SmartPhone Service From FreedomPop Gets $5 Million Toward Project
By Tyler McCarthy
July 11, 2013
http://www.hngn.com/articles/7484/20130711/free-smartphone-service-freedompop-gets-5-million-toward-project.htm
 
Pulse 2.0
FreedomPop Raises $5 Million From Existing Investors
By Annie Baker
July 11, 2013
http://pulse2.com/2013/07/11/freedompop-raises-5-million-from-existing-investors-89522/
 
International Venture Capitalist Post
FreedomPop raises additional US $5 million
By IVCPost Staff Reporter
July 11, 2013
http://www.ivcpost.com/articles/10877/20130711/freedompop-raises-additional-5-million.htm
 
TelecomPaper
FreedomPop raises additional USD 5 mln in funding
July 11, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-raises-additional-usd-5-mln-in-funding–954839

Getting featured in the New York Times is always a joy.  This morning, we had the pleasure of seeing our client FreedomPop featured in this massive story on free wifi options:  Keeping Wi-Fi Always Within Range.

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Every day we’re seeing more broadcast news stations covering the ways consumers save money using FreedomPop while on the road, at work, or at home.  Check out a snapshot of just some of the segments here…

Sample TV Clippings

This Wednesday, FreedomPop announced public availability of their new home broadband “Burst” router – marking the company’s official entry into the DSL and cable market.

FreedomPop began accepting pre-orders for the device in mid-December, and quickly sold out within hours – validating consumer enthusiasm for a free home broadband solution. The device provides 1GB of free data each month and speeds faster than typical DSL, plus no contracts or installation fees.  Sounds like a sweet deal to me!

Here’s a sample of what the press thought about it: