Tag: Mobile phone

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/
 
 

It was clear that Charles Jolley, CEO and co-founder of Strobe was onto something big.  His mission to create an HTML5 mobile app development platform that would enable developers to create apps instantly and easily accessible across multiple platforms and devices was hotly anticipated.  When the company opened the doors to a limited beta and allowed a few to take an early peak inside, they were flooded with requests for broader access.  Apparently, it wasn’t just developers who were eager to get their hands on Strobe.

Yesterday, Charles announced that the team had been acquired by Facebook to help the largest social network in the world create “innovative mobile experiences.”  It was a great pleasure and honor for us to work together with Strobe and we’ll continue to keep an eye on their progress.

A few stories emerged about the acquisition, as shown below.

The image above shows what happened to test subjects when they were exposed to a cell phone receiving a call for 50 minutes.  A portion of their brain became more active; burning more energy. What does this mean to us?

“We have no idea what this means yet or how it works,” said neuroscientist Nora Volkow of the National Institutes of Health. “But this is the first reliable study showing the brain is activated by exposure to cellphone radio frequencies.”

Hmm, that doesn’t sound reassuring.  A few weeks ago, I was commuting on the SF to Larkspur Ferry and sat across from a lawyer who was working on a class-action lawsuit against cell phone providers to require them to disclose the amount of radiation we were exposed to on each phone.  He said the iPhone was particularly dangerous, as the antennae issue meant that the phone was struggling to receive a signal more often than not, which meant it was working harder, which meant our gray matter was ingesting more radiation.

Brain imaging physicist Dardo Tomasi of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who co-authored the new brain-scan-based work, to be published Feb. 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed radiation emitted from a cellphone’s antenna during a call makes nearby brain tissue use 7 percent more energy.  Apparently, that’s several times less activity than visual brain regions show during an engaging movie, but Mr. Tomasi goes on to state:

“The effect is very small, but it’s still unnatural. Nature didn’t prepare our brains for this.”

Sounds like a very good reason to invest in a headset to keep those rays further away from your brain, and while you’re at it, maybe it’s a good idea to occasionally unplug and put that thing into “airplane mode” at night to ensure your insides aren’t swaying to the sounds of the “dit ditta dit ditta dit” that you hear when you’re phone is next to radio.

Live long and prosper.