FreedomPop Launches Global Hotspot With Access To Free Data In 25 Countries
FreedomPop today announced Global Hotspot, access to free data in 25 countries. Its customers in the U.S., and the U.K. will have access to up to 200MB of free data in the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. Customers will be able to add more data if needed, 500MB for $10, while hotspot itself is available for “a special launch price” of $49.99.
In addition to a new global hotspot, FreedomPop launches the SIM for $10, too that can be ordered at FreedomPop.com/Global. The carrier plans to expand availability of free global data to over 40 countries by the end of this year. Some of these countries will be in Asia and Latin America.
Free and paid global hotspot data can be used by any connected device or smartphone in any of the above mentioned countries.
FreedomPop also said that they have raised another $50 million in financing, after $30 million that’s been raised prior to its expansion to the U.K.. The carrier said that its total funding of over $109 million will be used for its free and paid service expansion across the world. Currently they are offering service in the United States through Sprint network and in the United Kingdom (since September 2015) through the Three UK network. However, it’s not disclosed which European partners are making the global data offerings possible, since this is not a roaming deal as FreedomPop’s co-founder and CEO Stephen Stokols points out to Fierce Wireless:
“The key difference is that these aren’t roaming deals. We actually have real deals in each of these markets. We’re paying four or five bucks a gig, and we’re able to pay all these local rates and pass that on.” – said Stokols.
Since its launch, FreedomPop has added more than 1 million customers. The carrier plans to expand its service to additional countries, and to reveal their global carrier partners over the next few months.