FreedomPop CEO Steven Stokols made an appearance (video above) on CNBC yesterday to promote the company's yet to be released free mobile phone service. While Stokols didn't say when the service would launch he did give some details about plan and phone pricing . Two plans were mentioned;
Free Plan - 200 voice minutes, unlimited messages and 500 MB.
$10 Plan - unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and an unspecified amount of data.
Stokols said that customers will be able to bring any phone that's "Sprint certified" and mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S4 as an example of a phone that could be used on the service. He also said that FreedomPop will offer the HTC EVO 4G for $99 and the Samsung Galaxy S II for under $200. Presumably these prices are for refurbished phones.
FreedomPop's service uses the Sprint network and the voice service will be VOIP based, meaning it will use the network's data transport rather than the voice channel. VOIP doesn't work very well, if at all, on Sprint's rather slow legacy 3G network. So I believe that FreedomPop's free voice calling will be limited to 4G (LTE or WiMAX) coverage areas. Based on FreedomPop's freemium business model I suspect there will be an extra cost add on that provides traditional cellular service on the Sprint 3G network.
Stokols also said that FreedomPop is profitable and that they expect to have "many millions" of customers within a year or two. I'm disappointed that he didn't mention when the service would launch. FreedomPop's initial announcement said the free phone service would be available "this summer" with a FreedomPop customer support representative mentioning an August or September roll-out. I hope the launch is still on schedule.
Source, video: CNBC via HowardForums
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