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