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A Major Carrier May Acquire Freemium MVNO FreedomPop

FierceWireless is reporting that an unnamed major carrier is interested in acquiring IP-only, freemium, Sprint MVNO FreedomPop. The article says that FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols has confirmed that negotiations are under way.

FreedomPop, which launched in October, 2012, offers free data-only service for phones, tablets and mobile broadband devices. The company's signature free plan includes 500MB of data. FreedomPop users can earn up to 1GB of additional free data each month by connecting to other users as "Freedom Friends" and by participating in other promotions as such as watching ads. They can make VOIP calls and send text messages using a FreedomPop Android and iOS app. The free plan includes 200 Voice Minutes and 500 Texts.

FreedomPop, which says that its profitable, makes its money on data, voice and text overages, which are automatically charged to the users credit card, and by selling add-on features like visual voicemail and bundles of extra data, minutes and texts.

In the interview with FierceWireless, Stokols said that FreedomPop will begin selling phones and tablets through small electronics stores starting next month and at Staples and Frys by year end. He also said the company is on track to have one million subscribers by the the end of 2015.

As to which carrier is interested in acquiring FreedomPop, the article doesn't say but Sprint seems the most likely suitor as FreedomPop current service uses the Sprint network. On the other hand, FreedomPop is also partnering with KPN to provide service in Belgium. In addition, Stokols has previously said that FreedomPop was in negotiations to offer service from second US carrier.

For more about FreedomPop see: Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop

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  1. If it was coming to 2nd carrier, then it would be T-Mobile. No doubt. There is a question: When?

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  2. High chance it is Sprint and less likely T-Mobile. Very unlikely to be Verizon or AT&T.

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  3. Time travel, founded in October 2014 and you have its and it's swapped. It's means it is.

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  4. IMHO, the most likely suitor would be Sprint. Going to a GSM carrier would be quite disruptive for FreedomPop's customer base.

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    1. I, for one, look forward to Sprint to do the "Zact" thing, and fold FreedomPop into the Virgin group, while giving it an entirely different name, and offering existing FreedomPop customers a "deal" on this new Virgin service that will cost more than existing Virgin services and of course cost more than what they had in FreedomPop before.

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  5. I hope it means some sort of improvement. FreedomPop has very dishonest, misleading advertising concerning its "free" services.

    Still, I'd rather Sprint invest in putting up more towers instead of buying an MVNO with redundant coverage and a bad reputation.

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    1. sprint probably wants freedompop's technology (whatever that happens to be) and their management experience in doing voice over ip. which probably means: expect freedompop to eventually SHUT DOWN. another mvno bites the dust. but this time to be absorbed into Sprint.

      freedompop deserves to go away anyways. what an awful brandname.

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    2. Yes, Freedompop is a bad name anyway. Makes me think of either soda drinks, or low-quality rock music (Britney Spears, Rhianna, etc)

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    3. POP is a telecom and networking industry acronym for "Point of Presence" which means the interface between a device and the network and is often used as a synonym for an actual or potential customer.

      As long as FreedomPop keep's giving me 1000MB of free data every month they can call it anything they want.

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    4. Dennis, from your personal experience, what are you using this 1000MB for? I've considered FreedomPop but wasn't sure what to use it for. Are you using their mifi or something?

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    5. I have a BYOP Motorola Photon 4G that I use as a data only mini tablet and WiFi hotspot for my laptop when I'm out and about. It works well here in San Francisco where Sprint has good WiMAX coverage and usable 3G fallback.

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  6. has to be sprint because tmobile already has VoLTE

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    1. That assumes that the deal is about FreedomPop's technology.

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  7. First Sprint wanted to buy T-Mobile then they buy Zact and launch Virgin custom with plans that cost more then the Zact plans they replace and now Sprint wants to buy another of it's MVNOs yet they still haven't fixed their network. If Sprint likes buying MVNOs so much why don't they just shut down their useless network and become a Verizon MVNO. Their customers will be much happier.

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  8. Dennis,

    I flashed my samsung epic 4g to Verizon. I assume I have to flash it back to Sprint? Have they always had the $20 activation fee?

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    1. A factory reset might be enough to get the Epic 4G working on Sprint/Verizon. If not you will need to flash it.

      Activation used to be free. The fee started a few months ago.

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    2. Thanks. Forgot about the factory reset. 3g data on a hotspot is $4/month but not on the phone right?

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  9. I have an iPhone on FreedomPop as well as an Overdrive Pro hotspot. Both are excellent and I hope nothing changes.

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  10. If it meant options to purchase bigger data buckets, I would be good with someone buying them. I have only been with FreedomPop for 3 months, but the router they sent me (Freedomhub Burst) and the service itself have been rock solid. I have good WIMAX in my area so this has been much faster and more reliable than my DSL ever was. What I am paying for 10 Gigabytes of data per month is very reasonable, but if a new owner would offer additional bigger data bucket options for equally reasonable prices... I'm in. Even without streaming video, 10 GBs can go quicker than you might expect.

    Of course depending on who buys them and for what purpose, it could go the other way 8-(

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