Tag: iOS

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

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Pet Rescue Saga was launched on mobile devices June 14th, allowing users to have the same great cross-platform experience they’ve come to enjoy with Candy Crush.

Tommy Palm, Games Guru of King, was at E3 along with Consort’s own Paul Brady, meeting with media to brief them on the news.  What follows are a few of the stories that appeared from their hard work in LA.

Congrats team!

Sirius XM – Unlimited Lives
E3 Day 2 Recap
By Mary Iampietro
June 14, 2013
http://unlimitedlivesxm.tumblr.com/
 
Mashable
Hands-On With Our Favorite Apps From E3
By Emily Price
June 17, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/17/apps-e3-hands-on/
 
Examiner
Candy Crush Saga on Kindle Fire HD? Game on top free apps for Android, Apple
By Matt Couden
June 17, 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/candy-crush-saga-on-kindle-fire-hd-game-on-top-free-apps-for-android-apple
 
Laptop Magazine
Hands-on with Pet Rescue Sage: Your Next Mobile Addiction
By Sherri Smith
June 14, 2013
http://blog.laptopmag.com/pet-rescue-saga
 
GameInformer
Puppies, Dungeons, And Siberia – This Week’s Mobile Roundup
By Matt Aker
June 14, 2013
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/06/13/puppies-dungeons-and-siberia-this-week-s-mobile-roundup.aspx
 
Consumer Electronics Daily News
“Pet Rescue Saga” Game Now Available for Mobile Play
June 14, 2013
http://www.cedailynews.com/2013/06/-pet-rescue-saga-game-now-available-for-mobile-play.html
 
AppleNApps (Article and Video)
E3 2013: ‘N Action Video: Pet Rescue Saga – From Makers Of Candy Crush
By Trevor Sheridan
June 14, 2013
http://applenapps.com/special-event/e3-2013-n-action-video-pet-rescue-saga-from-makers-of-candy-crush.html
 
AppAdvice
King’s Social Gaming Saga Continues On iOS With Block-Blasting Pet Rescue Saga
By Aldrin Calimlim
June 14, 2013
http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/06/kings-social-gaming-saga-continues-on-ios-with-block-blasting-pet-rescue-saga
 
JayIsGames
Pet Rescue Saga
By John Bardinelli
June 13, 2013
http://jayisgames.com/archives/2013/06/pet_rescue_saga.php
 
AndroidPolice
Mega-Popular Game Pet Rescue Saga Scurries Into The Play Store
By Ryan Whitwam
June 12, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/12/new-app-mega-popular-game-pet-rescue-saga-scurries-into-the-play-store/
 
Game Vortex
Pet Rescue Saga Goes Mobile
By Robert Perkins
June 14, 2013
http://www.gamevortex.com/gamevortex/news.php/1607
 
San Francisco Chronicle
Hoping for Another Saga
By Benny Evangelista
June 13, 2013
 
USA Today
King.com unleashes ‘Pet Rescue Saga’ onto mobile devices
By Mike Snider
June 13, 2013
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/06/13/kingcom-pet-rescue-saga-mobile/2418019/
 
BusinessWeek
King games hopes for a 2nd big ‘Saga’
June 13, 2013
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201306131555KRTRIB__BUSNEWS_19109_26456-1&params=timestamp%7C%7C06/13/2013%203:55%20PM%20ET%7C%7Cheadline%7C%7CKing%20games%20hopes%20for%20a%202nd%20big%20’Saga’%20%5BSan%20Francisco%20Chronicle%5D%7C%7CdocSource%7C%7CMcClatchy-Tribune%7C%7Cprovider%7C%7CACQUIREMEDIA%7C%7Cbridgesymbol%7C%7CUS;MSFT&ticker=MSFT
 
Mashable
King’s ‘Pet Rescue Saga’ Launches on Mobile
By Emily Price
June 13, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/13/kings-pet-rescue-saga/
 
VentureBeat
Pet Rescue Saga Goes Mobile
By Evan Killham
June 13, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/13/pet-rescue-saga-goes-mobile/
 
TheNextWeb
Candy Crush maker King expands its 190M-user gaming kingdom with Pet Rescue Saga for iOS and Android
By Josh Ong
June 13, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/06/13/candy-crush-maker-king-expands-its-190m-user-gaming-kingdom-with-pet-rescue-saga-for-ios-and-android/
 
The Drum
Popular Facebook game Pet Rescue Saga launches on mobile and table
By Angela Haggerty
June 13, 2013
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/06/13/popular-facebook-game-pet-rescue-saga-launches-mobile-and-tablet
 
The Guardian
King hopes Pet Rescue Saga will be a Candy Crush Saga-sized mobile hit
By Stuart Dredge
June 13, 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2013/jun/13/pet-rescue-saga
 
Pocket-Lint
Pet Rescue Saga unveiled by Candy Crush Saga maker: hands-on preview
By Mike Lowe
June 13, 2013
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/121669-pet-rescue-saga-unveiled-by-candy-crush-saga-maker-hands-on-preview
 
UberGizmo
Candy Crush Developer Releases Pet Rescue Saga On iOS, Android
By Daniel Perez               
June 13, 2013
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/candy-crush-developer-releases-pet-rescue-saga-on-ios-android/
 
AndroidGuys
King releases latest highly addictive game in Pet Rescue Saga
By SCOTT WEBSTER
June 13, 2013
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/06/13/king-releases-latest-highly-addictive-game-in-pet-rescue-saga/
 
Android Rundown
Pet Rescue Saga, King’s Newest Addictive Puzzle Game, Launches on Android
By Carter Dotson
June 13, 2013
http://www.androidrundown.com/blog/pet-rescue-saga-kings-game-launches-android/
 
Pulse 2.0
Candy Crush Developer King Launching Pet Rescue Saga Mobile
June 13, 2013
http://pulse2.com/2013/06/13/candy-crush-developer-king-launching-pet-rescue-saga-mobile-87897/

 

IMG_0525If you’re in San Francisco for the Games Developer Conference, you’ve probably seen King’s new branding in the JCDecaux kiosks and have seen the King candy mascots handing out Candy Crush Saga branded candy around the Moscone Center.  You probably have noticed King in the press lately too.

Last October, we threw a party at Bluxome Winery in San Francisco to celebrate the upcoming launch of Candy Crush Saga on mobile.  By November, the game was available on iOS, followed by Android a few days later.  Four months later, Candy Crush Saga is the Top Grossing App on iTunes.  Not only that, it is also the #1 app on Facebook – which means it’s not only the biggest game but it also is more popular than Spotify, Skype, etc.

King dropped the “dot.com” from their name as they are now a multi-platform company, not solely reliant on the web for usage.  Indeed, they now have more than 108 million monthly players on all platforms – desktop and mobile – and 50 million daily players.  With this growth, they are closing the gap on Zynga and people are noticing.

Check this sample of the huge amount of press they received:

Gogobot Android app featured locations shotGogobot, the place where millions of passionate travelers provide insider tips on the world’s best destinations, today announced the long-awaited launch of its mobile application for Android devices. The Android app joins the iPhone in the Gogobot app lineup, extending the range of mobile offerings for its social network of travelers. Like the iOS version, the Android app allows Gogobot users to search and book hotels, restaurants and things to do in more than 60,000 destinations worldwide.

“Every day, a million new users power up an Android device for the first time,” said Gogobot CEO and co-founder Travis Katz. “And on Gogobot, 60 percent of all social interaction is done via mobile. With our new Android app, Gogobot has responded to the needs of avid travelers who are Android users with an experience uniquely tailored to maximize the device’s capabilities.”

Candy Crush Saga is already a huge hit on Facebook with over 5 million daily active users – in fact, it’s the largest non-Zynga game on Facebook.  So, clearly, a lot of people think the game is pretty sweet.  Today, King.com made the game available on all iOS devices – iPhones, iPads (biggie and mini), and iPods – and within hours its risen to the top of the charts (according to iOSAppstats.com), owning the #1 free iPad App ranking for all genres in the US.  If that’s not delicious, I don’t know what is!

Download the game from iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/app/candy-crush-saga/id553834731

Check out the game on Facebook here https://apps.facebook.com/candycrush/

With more than 2.5 million downloads on Android, today Astrid brings its leading social productivity app to the iPhone.  Astrid lets you update your To Do lists via email, text and voice as it provides you with statistics on the whether your tasks are active, completed, inspiring others to finish a job or simply something you’ve supported with comments.

I’m so excited, as I can now use Astrid to gently poke and prod my peeps with Astrid’s playful reminders that will make the team smile as they get things done (I’m sure they’ll enjoy it more than my barrage of emails at all hours of the day and night).  You see, it’s one thing to set up your own to-do list.  But it’s another thing when you also rely on others to get things done.  Have you reviewed that press release yet?  Queued it up on PR Newswire?  Have you guys pitched the release to x, y, and z?  Now I can set up my list of To Do’s for the team and see who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  Of course, the team can also see when I’ve been slacking off and falling behind on my list as well (hmmm, better make this post short as I gotta get back to my Astrid list…).

Astrid is backed by Google Ventures, Jump Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners and is available at www.astrid.com.  Follow them on Twitter at @weloveastrid.

In today’s Inside Social Games, King’s MAU (Monthly Average Users) and DAU (Daily Average Users) for newly launched Miner Speed are illustrated, showing a fantastic growth curve.  The game was just released on the iOS as a free app just last week, so these numbers are especially impressive.

The social games industry is moving more towards the cross-platform approach, yet few if any have been able to successfully bridge the divides.  With these results, King is proving they are onto something.  Puzzle Saga, Bubble Saga, Miner Speed and King’s games portal all occupyed spots in the weekly lists of top 20 games by growth on AppData in the last month.  I’m excited to see what’s next!