In recent news, the mobile carrier, FreedomPop has announced that they have recently raised $30 million to grow their free mobile service. This 4-year old company is now taking on national companies that have been around for years. FreedomPop, offering a free package that includes free texting, free data, as well as free calls, has as of recently, been beating out other competing mobile carriers.
What makes FreedomPop so popular is the fact that the mobile plan is free to subscribe to. This LA-based company has been surpassing its competitors because of this offering. Skype founder, Niklas Zennstom has been one of the lead investors in this company and is now being followed by several other investors. Within the last few years, all investors included have raised close to $50 million for the FreedomPop company.
By the third quarter, FreedomPop has a set goal of hitting over 1 million subscribers. What makes this company so different is that it is a mobile virtual network, meaning the network does not own any wireless infrastructure. This new company is attracting many customers through the fact that the user receives 500 MB, 200 voice minutes as well as 500 text messages. If the user has used all their data and minutes for the month, they can either pay for more or wait for the plan to be replenished. FreedomPop is making their money not from the data plans but from offering quality services on top of the free data.
In addition to getting free data and minutes, if there are any left over minutes or data by the end of the month, they are then added onto the next month. This international company has been offering a new product to those that are looking for a cheap and effective mobile carrier. Not only does this carrier offer free minutes and data but offers them globally.
Recognition task comes easy to humans, not so easy for computers with a basic system. A slight glance of someone or something, and a person with proper vision is able to recognize the subject. But when it comes to computers, in order for them to be able to recognize, specific types of information need to be fed into the system. This means building a software, tool or a piece of code with variables and constraints and making the computer figure out the item in question. That is exactly what image recognition is all about.
Today’s computers are getting smarter day by day. Apart from text and signs, they can now detect any thing that is displayed. What is interesting in this mechanism is the involvement of artificial intelligence ,and computers are better at processing images when the right system is in place. In other words, with a reliable image recognition software or tool, the computer can perform improved search in identifying the image in question. This means relying on text captions and meta data and storing billions of images in the database.
So how do computers achieve the task of recognizing an image? The approach is simple. The computer looks for sequences and patterns in numerical data while analyzing the pixels. These pixels are interpreted into a series of numbers. The number is then compared with the already stored data in the database.
Beyond cataloging simple images and information pertaining to them, these software have other potential applications as well. Some software are designed and used to recognize images of buildings. Just a quick photo of the building and the software will be able to retrieve the information of that building in a second. Image recognition system is also helpful in cryptography. For example, this software is used in steganography where messages are hidden for certain applications or purpose. To be precise, messages are hidden in images which are then processed to establish the authenticity of the data.
Image recognition technique is used in robotics as well, as seen by companies like Slyce. With the development of more and more algorithms that are both flexible and sophisticated, robots are able to analyze and recognize various elements in their environments. In essence, image recognition software is the internet of things for many areas, including communication and retail businesses.
FreedomPop is a relatively new player on the wireless scene, but as you can see from reviews, they are making a big splash with the way they bring voice, SMS and Wi-Fi data plans to the masses. In 2014 they began selling a Wi-Fi only phone that operated exclusively over Wi-Fi signals. And then in January of 2015 they launched a $5 per month plan with unlimited voice and data that took advantage of more than 10 million FreedomPop Wi-Fi hotspots. These hotspots range from national chain locations like Starbucks, McDonalds, Walmart and Home Depot to smaller local businesses, and they are spread throughout the country. That number is expected to grow to 25 million hotspots later this year.
This is all done through an app that will automatically log you into the hotspots when you are within range, allowing you to do make calls, text and surf the internet just like on other phones. When the service launched it was available only on Android devices. “iOS is far more closed, whereas Google has committed to make Wi-Fi as seamless as possible,” FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols said. But the iOS app is now available for consumers as well.
The $5 plan offers an alternative to the escalating data prices that other carriers charge. Studies show that as much as 90% of the data used by most cell phone consumers takes place over Wi-Fi, between home, work and other public locations. This means they are paying a premium each month for what amounts to only 10% of their total data use. Switching to a $5 plan would save hundreds of dollars each year.
According to Cnet, the company goal is to have more than 90% Wi-Fi coverage across the top 200 metropolitan markets by the end of 2015. To find out how the coverage looks in your area, go to the FreedomPop “Check Availability” page and enter your zip code and email address. You’ll also see an updated coverage map of the U.S. which shows the massive areas covered by these hotspots.