In addition, any iPhone 6 or 6S user who activates their phone on FreedomPop 's Free Plan will get a one-time bonus of 5 GB of free data and free international calling to over 62 countries. The Free Plan includes 500 MBs, 500 texts and 200 voice minutes per month.
FreedomPop also announced that it will begin selling the iPhone 6S in October and it will offer financing on that phone at prices comparable to what Apple charges. In an interview with FierceWireless today, FreedomPop CEO Steven Stokols said that customers will also soon have the option to choose FreedomPop as the carrier when purchasing an iPhone from the online Apple Store.
Today also marks the official launch of FreedomPop service in the United Kingdom. The U.K. service includes 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200 MB of data for free each month. As in the US, paid plans are also available and free plan users can earn additional free service by completing offers such as taking surveys or downloading coupons and by creating a network of FreedomFriends. FreedomPop plans to expand its free service to seven other countries within the next 12 months and over 20 markets by 2017.
In the FierceWireless interview, Stokols said that FreedomPop has nearly 1 million customers. He also said that FreedomPop, which currently uses the Sprint network, still hopes to offer service on a second US carrier sometime in 2016.
FreedomPop, which launched in 2012, is for the most part a data only service. Calling and texting are handled a custom app that uses VOIP and XMPP over the data connection. FreedomPop offers an extra cost, Android-only Premium Voice option that routes outgoing calls over cellular voice when the FreedomPop app detects that the data connection is too poor to support VOIP.
Sources: FreedomPop, FierceWireless
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