FreedomPop adds Liberty phablet for $89, first of its own branded low-cost devices
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop today announced that it will start offering its own branded devices priced under $100. The first low cost device that FreedomPop starts selling today is the Liberty phablet. Advertised as phablet, the Liberty is really a 7-inch tablet that’s Wi-Fi-only and can be purchased for $89. FreedomPop also announced its LTE version, the Frenzy for $99 that will arrive next month. Besides LTE connectivity, the Frenzy will have WiFi as well. Also a new low-cost Android smartphone LTE-enabled will be added in the coming months for $89.
Besides a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display and a Wi-Fi-only connectivity, the FreedomPop Liberty tablet features 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and microSD card slot. It comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, a 4-megapixel main camera, VGA front-facing one and it’s powered by a 2,400mAh battery.
FreedomPop also announced adding more high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Note 3 to its prepaid lineup for the low prices, nearly half of the prices that are currently available.
Customers who purchase the Liberty phablet will get FreedomPop’s free service that includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data per month. The Liberty is WiFi only and has no cellular capabilities, but users can roam over cellular if they get a FreedomPop hotspot with free 500 MB of data per month for a one-time $49 cost, FreedomPop suggests.
“FreedomPop will continue to sell its current product line of third-party phones and tablets with voice, text and data capabilities, but today marks the first step toward FreedomPop’s own low cost, private-labeled devices designed with our customers in mind.” – said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO.
FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols said that the company is working with manufacturers in China and India on creating its own low-cost devices, rather than just buying stock devices from them.
FreedomPop is already offering LTE tablets that can be used as a phone and customers can bring their own Sprint-compatible tablets since July, 2014.
Source: Fierce Wireless