FreedomPop has been gaining some major buzz in the mobile carrier world over the past couple of years thanks in large part to their inventive and unique ‘freemium’ operation. FreedomPop, led by CEO Stephen Stokols, has been offering free mobile service to customers since their inception and they continue to grow behind the idea that add-ons are more important than initial purchase points. Now the L.A. based tech company is looking to grab some more subscribers, as reported by RCR Wireless, by offering some refurbished smart phones at a major discounted price.
Right now new subscribers can find their way to purchase a Motorola E for just $40, discounted from its original $230 price point, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is being sold for just $100. These two smart phones offer new subscribers an entry point into an essentially free mobile carrier network that is seeking to change everything about the business. To further prove the point that their company is doing things differently subscribers who buy these discounted smart phones will also receive a free month of ‘premium’ FreedomPop service.
FreedomPop’s core service has always been free and it always will be free. The core FreedomPop plan offers users a limited amount of talk, text, and data for absolutely no charge. From there subscribers can build off of their base plan in a sort of buffet fashion, choosing what they want instead of paying for a bundled package. The premium plan that will come with the new discount phones will give subscribers unlimited talk and text as well as a gig of mobile data. This premium plan, which costs $5 per month regularly, will be free for the first 30 days. After which customers will have the choice to revert to the regular plan or keep paying on the improved option.
In the past year we’ve seen FreedomPop gain some solid ground in the mobile world as they’ve landed a huge funding deal from Intel Capital. Along with the funding acquisition there is a partnership in place between the two companies with plans to build and manufacture a special WiFi first smartphone. The WiFi first smart phone will be FreedomPop’s first foray into marketing their own unique device and the phone should be ready for launch sometime in 2016. Right now details on the specs and the price point for the device are scarce, but news should be forthcoming.