FreedomPop, an upstart mobile carrier, has decided to start supporting Apple’s iPhone, providing various low-cost and free plans along with Apple phones that are compatible with Sprint’s network.
FreedomPop will offer a virtually new revamped iPhone 5 handset for under $350 directly, while consumers can additionally bring their personal iPhone 4 that’s compatible with Sprint, or iPhone 5. The company’s free plan offers 500 megabytes of data a month, 500 text messages, and 200 voice minutes. Some of their other plans start at just $5 a month and they have a $20 Unlimited Plan.
CEO Stephan Stokols has taken to Twitter claiming that making the move is a giant step for the company. Up until now, FreedomPop’s service only worked with just a few older Android-based models. Stokols is excited about the company’s progress and looks forward to even greater expansion for the company.
FreedomPop announced on Facebook that it’s already signed up literally tens of thousands of new consumers since they added mobile service last October of 2013. The company started out by providing low-cost and free mobile broadband using USB sticks, WiFi, and other connective devices, such as the Freedom Spot Photon device.
Stephan Stokols claims that the iPhone 5 has the advantage of incorporating LTE that he states provides the utmost performance regarding FreedomPop’s service voice-over-IP while also offering a relatively affordable price point in general.
The company itself, which is supported by Atomico (Niklas Zennstrom), is just one of many nonconventional cellphone companies that readily provide their own phone service in addition to a conventional provider’s network. Other progressive phone companies in the mix include Ting, Solavei, and Republic Wireless, just to name a few.
Stokols states that FreedomPop’s business is expanding faster than they could have ever imagined or anticipated. In fact, during the final quarter of 2013 last year, the company pulled in around $5 million plus in revenue overall. However, Stokols said those numbers are already substantially higher than expected and the goal of FreedomPop is to bring in IPO kind of numbers of approximately $10 million a month by this time next year. But after the success of their international calling service announcement, he claims that doesn’t indicate that the company was committed to going public necessarily.
FreedomPop wants to provide more capable Android-based devices than just the HTC Evo 4G and Galaxy SII models it originally launched its service with. In the not too distant future, Stokols says the company intends to add the LTE ready Galaxy S4 and Galaxy SIII, with the latter selling for less than $200 and the former going for less than $300, while still using refurbished, like-new models.
Along with directly selling the iPhone service, FreedomPop is additionally launching a compatible app for people using iPhones in conjunction with other services. The app consists of free texting, voice, and voicemail to any other iPhone consumer, although data charges still apply for one’s current carrier.