Home - , - FreedomPop To Offer Free Mobile Service in Belgium, US GSM Plans "Progressing"

FreedomPop To Offer Free Mobile Service in Belgium, US GSM Plans "Progressing"

FreedomPop announced today that it will begin offering its free mobile service in Belgium using the KPN's BASE network. As in the US the service will be data only with voice and messaging provided by FreedomPop's OTT (Over The Top) VOIP and ICMP app. FreedomPop says that Belgium is just the beginning of its international expansion and that it eventually plans to offer service in UK, Germany, France, Spain and at least one Pacific Rim country.

Like all European networks, KPN Belgium is GSM based. FreedomPop Belgium will be a SIM-only service, FreedomPop will not sell phones or broadband devices there. No date was given for the start of Belgian service and details of service plans are not final but there will be a free plan that includes 500MB of data per month.

FreedomPop international SIMs will be available to FreedomPop's US subscribers for use in Belgium and the other countries that FreedomPop plans to offer service in. In an interview with FierceWireless, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Sokols said that FreedomPop SIMs will be free. Sokols also said that the expansion beyond Belgium will probably not happen until early 2015.

Sokols said that FreedomPop's plans to offer GSM based service in the US are "progressing" but declined to say whether the US service would be T-Mobile or AT&T based. Current US FreedomPop service uses the Sprint network. The CEO also said that FreedomPop has been seeing a consistent 15-20% per month in subscriber growth. The company said in February that it had over 100,000 customers. A 10% growth rate would mean over 145,000 uses today.

Source: FreedomPop via FierceWireless
Image: CIA World factbook via Wikimedia Commons

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop

Tags: ,

33 comments:

Comment Page :
  1. Belgium is only slightly further to me than it is to travel to a place in the US that is covered with T-Mobile.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It is
    It's

    Same thing.
    First sentence.
    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  3. My bet is T-Mobile in the US as Sprint will buy them out & they have taken risks previously.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looks like a deal between T-Mo and Sprint will happen, the only worry I have is are they going to go with GSM/HSPA/LTE or CDMA/LTE. If its the latter, the new SprinT Mobile will have its days numbered, and suffice to say AT&T/ Verizon will pick up the carcass for nothing.

      Delete
    2. Here's hoping that Sprint's acquisition of T-Mobile is not approved. If the deal goes though I expect to see fewer prepaid choices and higher prices.

      Sprint used to be an innovator and a low price leader but for the last two years all they've done is raise prices, cancel their lowest priced plans and fumble their LTE rollout. The buyout of T-Mobile will remove the most innovative and consumer friendly operator from the market reducing competition and doing almost nothing to increase Sprint's native coverage.

      Delete
    3. I think Sprint+T-Mobile will be an improvement. They can:
      1. Sell or trade duplicative spectrum holdings;
      2. Eliminate joint network operations, maintenance and expansion costs;
      3. Standardize technology and obtain better prices for handsets and network gear;
      4. Use savings to deploy spectrum they own now in new areas where they do not operate today;
      5. Compete more effectively with Vzw and AT&T, driving down prices and increasing for everyone; and
      6. The T-Mobile CEO will run the combined company, and he and Son are known for innovation and getting things done.

      Delete
  4. In Belgium they get SIMs for free but here in the US we have to pay a $20 activation fee to be on the Sprint network. Lyca mobile (which is based in the UK) also gives out free SIMs is this common in Europe?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Free SIMs are common in many countries. Usually you have to buy some airtime to get a free SIM.

      Delete
  5. Common guys, Sims are available on Ebay for almost all MVNO's for as little as 99 cents, with no strings attached.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Despite the recent upsurge for T-Mobile and some innovation at Sprint, they still struggle individually. No guarantee that their merger will help consumers but it is better than them being on their own.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Who would be eligible for the international SIM? Only the users of FreedomPop devices (and Sprint iPhones active on their service), or the iPhone and Android FreedomPop app users too?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Quiz of the Week:
    We know branding. We made our name in prepaid by targeting youth in cities. Notoriously fickle, some call them promiscuous customers because they have little loyalty to brands. They change their habits and preferences often, and you have to be consistent and persistent in marketing and relating to them. We did, and were were very successful, appealing to youth interests in music, city sports, broad interests. We did not try to put them in a box, which would turn them off in a minute; we wanted to build and use their support for our brand to influence and attract the broader youth market. Then some harder economic times hit. Even though we had several million customers, we needed continued growth. We took a big risk and changed our focus, our phones, even our logo, and targeted a broader market. People on a budget who liked to talk and text a lot, a wider age range. We invented a new type of plan to appeal to this value-oriented group, and were successful again. It was a big deal at the time, but now almost every mobile company offers these plans. Since then, we continued to innovate in the value space, creating new plans rather than copying or tweaking other companies’ pricing. This approach is not always successful, but when something works, we improve it. When it doesn't, we change. We still know our market and target customers as well as or better than anybody in the business.
    Who are we?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. T-Mobile is not correct. Try again? -O.P.

      Delete
    2. Cricket CDMA

      Delete
    3. No, Cricket is not correct. Guess again? -O.P.

      Delete
    4. Nope. Other ideas, anyone?

      Delete
    5. Cricket CDMA and MetroPCS are not the right answer. -O.P.

      Delete
    6. Virgin Mobile

      Delete
    7. No, the answer is not Virgin Mobile. -O.P.

      Delete
    8. Is this brand listed on this website?

      Delete
    9. Boost Mobile is correct! You are the winner of the Quiz of the Week.
      "Where you at?" was on the old logo. Chris Robinson is a film director best known for the numerous music videos he's directed for R&BB and hip-hop artists. Robinson was also the brain behind the concept for Boost Mobile's ad campaign that incorporated rap stars Kanye West, Ludacris, Eve and The Game. Boost also sponsored city sports competitions. Their $50/month unlimited everything plan way back in 2010 was a big deal; I even bought a Boost phone and signed up because of that plan. -O.P.

      Delete
    10. According to Sprint in August, 2008, Boost Mobile had 4.4 million customers, the majority of whom are under 26 years of age.

      Delete
  9. t-mobile or its mvno.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Why is my reply which said "Cricket CDMA" missing?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hello! I have a question for Dennis. I subscribe to your email newsletter and a while ago I read an article about the best option for US travelers in Europe. I will go to Spain in 3 weeks and I would like to have a pre-paid data plan. Can you please help me decide which one is best? I have an unlocked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy II that I would like to use, instead of buying another phone for the short trip.

    Thank you so much for your website. I have been following it for a long time and it's full of great information.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the compliments. However I don't travel enough to be knowledgeable about European prepaid deals and never wrote a post about mobile options for European visitors.

      When I do travel, the best resource I've found for non-US prepaid comparison is prepaidgsm.net. They list all the operators for each country and also have a active forum.

      Carrefour looks like a good option for data in Spain and it should be easy to find to find a SIM as Carrefour is a big Supermarket chain all over Europe. When you go SIM shopping in Spain, be sure to bring your passport, you can't buy or activate a SIM without it.

      Delete
    2. Some good prepaid travel tips here from a frequent traveler, ideas that work in most countries:
      http://www.rustycompass.com/blog/travel-tech-update-the-sim-cards-past-its-use-by-date-200#.U-C3c1ZUPKg
      http://www.rustycompass.com/blog/by-passing-the-roaming-ripoff-157#.U-C2mFZUPKg

      Delete
  12. Freedompop sent me an ad for a gsm phone, Samsung Galaxy S 3. But not is found when searched via google.

    ReplyDelete
Comment Page :