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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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