FreedomPop Seeks to Expand Global Reach
Founder and CO Steven Sesar has spoken extensively about how he hopes his company, FreedomPop, can become global players in the mobile carrier marketplace. For the better part of the last few years the talk of the town in L.A. has been focused on how hot and quickly FreedomPop has risen up through the ranks. Once considered a relatively niche company with an unsustainable business model, FreedomPop now seems destined to do some great things. Digital Trends reported on FreedomPop’s decision to go global and here is what customers need to know before going out and purchasing their next cell phone contract.
FreedomPop has gained over 600,000 subscribers in America and they are only surging upwards. Their explosive growth in the states has given Sesar the confidence he needs to admit that FreedomPop can be work in a “global context”. With deals in place with Dutch and Asian carriers, FreedomPop looks to be establishing themselves in two big market places within the next six to eight months. Right now a soft launch in the UK, based around the FreedomPop SIM card, is currently going on and people can get in on the action early to reap some of the benefits.
UK subscribers who jump into the alpha program will be given the standard free mobile plan of: 200 texts, 200 MB of data, and 200 minutes of talk. These plans are comparable to the most basic paid plans in the UK but they come completely free. For those users interested in experimenting with FreedomPop’s premium brands (the $13 and $18 lines) these are available for free for the first month. UK subscribers will also eventually be made available to the Jetsetter program which hooks frequent travelers up with an additional free 100 MB of data while traveling in a list of 17 available countries. FreedomPop has been keeping the Jetsetter program relatively close to their chest as they iron out the wrinkles and get it ready for public consumption.
FreedomPop had been in the news for the past couple of months as persistent rumors dogged the company about a possible M&A deal with Sprint. The rumor goes that Sprint made an acquisition offer of around $450 million for the company but CEO Stephen Stokols decided to bow out of the sale and instead focus on expanding the brand. FreedomPop is well placed to become a major player in the mobile carrier world.