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Flying to a Better World With Jon Urbana

Denver entrepreneur Jon Urbana is backing Earth Force in a new campaign for a cleaner environment. Urbana is using the website Go Fund Me to help finance this aim from like-minded individuals, in addition to a bunch of video promotion.

Urbana is by day the head of Business Development for medical laser company Ellipse USA, and the president and co-founder of NEXT Level Lacrosse Camp.

Urbana graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. While playing for the Villanova Wildcats, he was an NCAA Division I All-American in Lacrosse, winning the CAA award for Defensive Player of the Year. He was drawn to Villanova for its strong lacrosse program and carried that passion into the founding of Next Level. While at Villanova he fortified his desire to work as an entrepreneur by studying economics.

Lacrosse and the environment aren’t Urbana’s only non-business interests. The Federal Aviation Administration recently included Urbana in their Airmen Certification Database, drawing press from the Aviation Business Gazette. The FAA applies stringent rules and requirements in granting pilot’s licenses and certifications. These pilot certification standards have grown over the years in an effort to curb pilot errors that may lead to fatal crashes. The FAA’s standards are made in conjunction with input from the aviation industry and the general public and they are among the highest in the world.

Flying has given Urbana a bird’s eye view of the changes needed for environmental protection. Caring about the planet is one way to understand the level of care and commitment needed in making the environment cleaner. By working with and supporting Earth Force, Urbana hopes to involve a growing number of young people with the project, enticing those who are willing to put in their time, money and energy towards making the environment healthier for everyone.

Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force, A New Fundraiser from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

Urbana also shares his music, videos, and photos with the world on websites such as Instagram, Mashable, Imgur and WordPress, as well as Facebook and Twitter and his music is available at, SoundCloud and Tumblr. Managing such an active social media presence takes time, but it is not too much of a distraction and showcases the needs for charity fund-raising on new Web 2.0 platforms.

Why FreedomPop is a Blessing for the Budget User

FreedomPop is a wireless carrier which has taken caveat out of the phrase “free calling”. In normal circumstances, apps on Android and iOS are infamous for using this phrase to lure people in but, after a brief trial period, the charges begin. Some free apps require the recipients to install the same app and this is inconvenient. However, FreedomPop has found a way out and this is the reason why it has recently been lauded in the tech circles.

There are many big names providing similar services but some features of FreedomPop really make this provider pop. Here’s a look at all those features which would make the budget conscious user swoon –

• 100 Minutes Free International Calling – On 12th November, FreedomPop introduced 2 great plans for users who have international calling needs. The text app and free talk app of FreedomPop would be providing these plans. In the first plan, 100 minutes of free international calling are provided to users and then, there are country specific unlimited plans. These unlimited plans start from as little as $5 and 30 countries are covered under the plan. The countries include the U.K., India, Mexico and China. The second plan is even better and pretty ingenious in itself. It starts at $9 and prevents relatives, co-workers and friends in, say India, from paying the hefty international calling fees. Instead, a forwarding number is offered in Mumbai to lower the costs.

• Rural Coverage – FreedomPop might be a relatively new provider but it has philanthropic intentions as well, as proven by the rural coverage offered by the company. There are dedicated 4G plans offered by FreedomPop. The best thing is their 500MB, free to sign up, monthly allocation which can be used with a mobile hotspot or any USB modem compatible with Sprint. Upgrades are on the way for most major locations. In fact, FreedomPop’s coverage is better than T-Mobile in rural areas as per customer reviews. While it may lag behind other big names, the fact that the plans are ultra-budget friendly cannot be refuted by anyone.

• Ideal for the Average User Who Spends A Lot of Time on Facebook – For users whose only requirement from their plans is to browse Facebook all day (maybe even FreedomPop’s profile) and probably check their mail, FreedomPop is practically free. The 500MB plan is a blessing for the average user because it is free and it doesn’t involve any hassles. Moreover, most people use their mobile networks for this purpose only. Heavy browsing is usually limited to special days for average users and FreedomPop has really established a niche in the market for this reason.

• The higher plans start from 1GB and reach up to 10GB – perfect for any mobile user, no matter what the internet demands are. Most importantly, though, despite these higher allocation plans, the price continues to come down. In a side by side comparison and reviews between FreedomPop and other companies, FreedomPop passes with flying colors when it comes to affordability.

Overall, it is understandable why FreedomPop has been getting so much press from TechCrunch and other publications and why its getting so many new subscribers recently. The new plans of the company take care of the budget users who don’t want to limit their usage but still want cheap prices, and FreedomPop is perfect for that.