FreedomPop launches free smartphone plans

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Want to save on your mobile phone bills?

Consider FreedomPop’s new mobile phone service, which offers customers free entry-level packages that include 500 text messages, 500MB of data and 200 anytime voice minutes. Additional data will be charged at their corresponding usage fees.

The company revealed that the plans will be initially offered on the HTC Evo Design only, a two-year-old phone that operates on Android 2.3. Refurbished versions of the phone are being sold by FreedomPop for US$99, with its service anchored on the Sprint network.

The company generates income by selling fee-based plans to individuals who want more than what is offered under the free usage package.

For a monthly fee of US$10.99, the company will provide users with unlimited texting and voice calls under the same 500MB data limit. The company also offers unlimited texting, 500 minutes of voice calls, 500MB of data and unlimited FreedomPop to FreedomPop calls for US$7.99.

FreedomPop will charge one cent for every megabyte of data used beyond the 500 included, which translates to US$10 for every gigabyte.

“FreedomPop’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, convenient and essential communication services,” noted Stephen Stokols, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at FreedomPop.

“With this launch, we’ve just taken our largest step to date towards delivering on this objective.”

The launch came a year after the company began its hotspot business.

Although Stokols admitted that the phone launch was more challenging than the hotspot one, he said that the company has become more methodical, increasing its customer support by three times to ensure that complaints are taken care of the day they come in.

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