While the majority of mobile phone carriers are busy expanding their LTE networks, and expanding the costs to compensate, FreedomPop, a new player in the mobile carrier world, is changing how we use Wi-Fi through our phones. Instead of building a bigger, better cellular network, they have focused on how we, as consumers, can use Wi-Fi to meet our needs.
FreedomPop starts by offering 100% free (yes, you read that right check out this FreedomPop review for proof), mobile phone plans. You have the option of bringing your own phone (if it’s compatible with Sprint’s mobile network), or you can purchase a compatible phone directly from FreedomPop, if you want to participate.
The magic isn’t just in their plans, it’s the way they harness the power of almost 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots to provide users a new way to look at how they use their mobile devices, no matter what carrier they currently use. FreedomPop is offering, for only $5 a month, unlimited phone, messaging and data within the Wi-Fi coverage area. What does that mean for consumers? It means that, as long as they are connected to the WiFi network, they can perform almost any action your phone is capable of, any number of times, for only $5 per month.
To make this as simple as possible for their customers, FreedomPop’s software will automatically sign you in to nearby Wi-Fi hotspots that belong to their coverage area. Partnering with other carriers, cable companies, and DSL providers, they have access to hotspots in some of the most popular places; such as from a McDonald’s or Starbucks. FreedomPop’s software allows for Voice Over IP calling, sending customer calls out across the Wi-Fi network, and maintaining the call even as callers move between hotspots.
The density of the network can vary depending on location, with major cities (such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami) providing the most robust network. What this means for customers outside of those areas is that you may want to look at FreedomPop as a supplement to your current carrier. Depending on your coverage area, you may be able to downgrade your current wireless service, using FreedomPop to make up the difference, saving you money quickly. FreedomPop is already working on network expansion, looking at 25 million Wi-Fi hotspots as the next target. With more coverage area, you may be able to cut back even further, possibly leaving your traditional carrier for good.