For years we have seen FreedomPop establish a stranglehold on a specific niche in the mobile carrier world. Folks looking for free and affordable phone plans have flocked en mass to what FreedomPop has had on offer and it has turned them into one of the biggest ‘underdog’ carriers on the market. Now the innovative company is moving forward with their newest product: a WiFi first smartphone that aims to change the marketplace, as first reported by Cnet. This WiFi first smartphone is looking like FreedomPop’s exclamation point on a strong year and change that has seen their brand truly transform.
The WiFi first smartphone on cnet.com will be developed in cooperation with Intel Capital and FreedomPop aims to price it at somewhere between $99 and $199. Using the SoFIA chipset, the smartphone will be able to jump between cellular and WiFi hot spot connections without any sort of issue. FreedomPop plans to have the phone completely manufactured and released for 2016, which will line up perfectly with their goal of WiFi hotspot expansions. CEO Stephen Stokols claims that they are aiming at getting up to 90% coverage in the Top 200 urban metro areas in the United States. This announcement was made far in advance of the smartphone announcement, which made it pretty clear what the company was going to attempt doing.
For those unfamiliar with FreedomPop on twitter, the company has made their name by offering a completely free cell phone service to their subscribers. The basic FreedomPop plan puts 500 texts, 500 minutes of talk, and 500 MB of data into the hands of every subscriber. The new WiFi first smartphone will be available with FreedomPop’s $5 premium plan which offers unlimited of each of the aforementioned categories. This has been FreedomPop’s goal all along in order to make their company income soluble: make interesting and valuable digital extensions that their customers will value.
While there has been no concrete data released in regards to the smartphones specs themselves, we expect to see something rather quality in terms of hardware. FreedomPop knows how important it is for their company to compete in this sector against the other big name brands.