We made it through the holidays and brown-bag month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean finances aren’t being stretched to their limit around our house. Fortunately, as a blogger I’m privy to the newest in penny-pinching news. This news from LA-based startup FreedomPop is like music to my ears. Say it with me, folks: Dirt. Cheap. Internet.
is a rapidly expanding private company that provides unlimited WiFi service at a highly affordable price
. It was established in 2011 in Los Angeles, California, where it’s headquartered. The company is associated with Sprint and is a mobile virtual network operator. They lease both their voice spectrum and data from the famed telecommunications company (Sprint). FreedomPop is headed by the team of Steven Sesar and Stephen Stokols. They founded the company together. Sesar is the company SOO and Stokols is its CEO. FreedomPop has backing from Atomico, Doll Capital Management and Mangrove Capital. The company’s CEO Stokols believes that FreedomPop will provide internet access to about 120 million individuals total in its beginning stages.
Not only does FreedomPop offer WiFi service, but they also sell their very own broadband devices, mobile phones and tablets. The goal is for their customers to use their service alongside these specific devices.
In 2013, FreedomPop started providing complimentary mobile service with standard data and cellular plans. They’re currently offering customers use of close to 9 million hotspots all around the country. These hotspots are often not accessible for the public. People can get access to this service for the price of $5.00 each month. When customers register for this new service, they receive convenient automatic sign-on for their available hotspots, too. This enables them to access service without the hassle of having to log in or search for a specific network name. FreedomPop employs their own VoIP software. This permits their users to complete calls through any and all data networks. The aim at FreedomPop is to establish WiFi networks that are similar to cellular networks.
When customers have this new plan from FreedomPop, they can experience unlimited data, text messages and phone calls on their tablets and smartphones. This gives them the freedom to do so without worrying about using up their plan “allowances” prematurely. Customers will initially be able to access this service through the company’s Android app. An iPhone app is currently being planned, too. Users will be able to locate FreedomPop at stores and businesses such as Walmart, Starbucks, Home Depot, McDonalds, Panera Bread and Burger King. The WiFi will also be available at many shopping centers.
Technologist and entrepreneur Stokols worked for Woo Media as a CEO before establishing FreedomPop. Woo Media was a startup company that specialized in online chat, videos and other forms of entertainment. You can find FreedomPop on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.