FreedomPop. Earlier today, they have announced their plans of launching a smartphone designed for their Wi-Fi-first service. Having partnered with Intel, the smartphone will be using SoFIA chipset platform. After obtaining strategic financing from Intel Capital, FreedomPop is set to offer a smartphone line that will be carrying their branding. With the funds, they are excited to release the first smartphone sometime next year.
Based on recent interviews, the FreedomPop branded smartphone will operate under Android’s operating system. Although there wasn’t a specific name mentioned, the company has promised that the device will be manufactured by a recognized OEM. The company is aiming at offering these smartphones at a budget price tag, almost similar to Xiaomi’s line of phones with a $99-$199 price range on an unsubsidized basis. Despite its affordable price tag, FreedomPop aims to provide these smartphones with as much high-end specs as they could. And considering SoFIA platform was designed for entry-level smartphones, this partnership could work really well.
Under the SoFIA platform, devices can seamlessly switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. At the same time, it can sense whenever there is a poor network connection. When this happens, the platform automatically disconnects from a weak Wi-Fi signal before the call gets dropped. Users then can enjoy an uninterrupted connection despite an unstable signal.
It’s important to note that FreedomPop is not the first to offer Wi-Fi-first connection in the mobile industry. As a matter of fact, Motorola has partnered with Republic Wireless to provide specialized hardware for this specific feature. Yet despite this, the features offered by FreedomPop is not too different.
For its part, partnering with FreedomPop is a great move for SoFIA. Through this partnership, Intel will be able to make a name for itself in the mobile industry. And since FreedomPop intends to sell the device throughout the world, it could be equally advantageous for Intel too. The device could be available not just in the US but throughout Europe by next year.
On the part of consumer, this new smartphone could be a great way for them to save money on phone bills. With a Wi-Fi-first smartphone, they’ll be able to enjoy the great features it offers at a cost-effective deal.
Source: Fierce Wireless