The wireless service provider FreedomPop was created by Steven Sesa and Stephen Stokols in the early part of 2011. They had been working together for a long time in an attempt to make a new cellphone company that would offer their customers a better and less expensive experience. They had noticed that many people were unsatisfied with their wireless service provider and knew that there was a vast market that they could tap into.
Thus FreedomPop was launched with a monthly plan that enabled users to have 200 free minutes, text messages, and MB of data. This was an instant success for the company which saw thousands of people joining within the fist few weeks. Their popularity grew when the company added numerous paid features, such as international calling, cellphone insurance, and even an unlimited plan for those who use their phone much more than others. These additional services is how FreedomPop makes its money.
It is easy for those who want to leave their old, expensive wireless service provider and join FreedomPop. All they have to do is buy a FreedomPop phone, which can be found online at the company’s website, or purchase an older model Sprint phone that can have the FreedomPop software added to it. The reason Sprint phones can be converted to a FreedomPop phone is because the two companies share the same type of data.
FreedomPop doesn’t actually have an established data network, they have to buy all their data wholesale from other companies, most of which comes from Sprint. This tactic hasn’t affected FreedomPop’s prospects. The company hopes to have over 2 million customers within the next two years. They also have already made plans to expand from North American to South America, Asia, and Europe. By the end of the decade FreedomPop plans to be a major force in the wireless service market. There is a reason that the larger companies are taking notice.
FreedomPop has become such a success because it pays close attention to both their data plans and hot spots. By having only two data plans, free and unlimited, both with various add-ons, the company has made their services available to everyone. Data is used mostly to go on the internet, but is is used for any games or applications that require WiFi. There are very few cellphone companies that allow their users to have a completely free experience. Depending on how many minutes, text messages, and GB of data desired the monthly bill can be easily be above $200 dollars at the larger companies.
Even if customers were able to spread a plan like that over multiple people, like some family data plans allow, they would still be saving a bunch of money by switching to FreedomPop. Currently, there aren’t many places in the United States that don’t have at least minimal cellphone service. Some places, those that have more people or are big cities, have better speeds than others. Big cities also have areas known as hot spots, which greatly boost the speeds of cellphones that are within their range, if they are public, or connected to them if they are private.