For FreedomPop, a start up telecom company out of L.A., the road has been long and arduous but ultimately rewarding. The upstart cell phone company has faced opposition much of the way on their path to success in large part because nobody really believed that a ‘freemium’ phone company could work. CEO Stephen Stokols, who founded the company after getting rejected for funding back in the U.K., is ready to make his triumphant return to his home country when FreedomPop launches their first 4G network in the United Kingdom as we saw reported by The Telegraph.
FreedomPop sets their sights on huge launch in U.K.
For years FreedomPop has been trending toward the other giants of the telecom industry and now, after passing one million subscribers, it seems like they’re taking the next big step. FreedomPop is setting their sights on a huge launch over in the United Kingdom and one that they hope is just another step towards a huge global expansion. After successfully pushing the boundaries in the U.S. it appears that Stokols wants to head back home to the U.K. to pull in business.
Right now FreedomPop is estimating that there are over 250,000 U.K. residents who had expressed some interest in the freemium based network. Of course, what FreedomPop is offering is a great deal so the interest is not surprising. FreedomPop subscribers at the big launch in the U.K. will be given 200 MB of data, 200 text messages, and 200 minutes of talk completely free — no strings attached. Users who are interested in the launch can register online until the threshold is reached. FreedomPop is limiting who can access the early commercial launch so that they can manage the growth of the program.
FreedomPop will continue their prior methods in the USA in order to keep their costs down. FreedomPop will keep buying data wholesale from distributors in order to save money for their subscribers. Savings are further encouraged by FreedomPop’s efforts to push as much traffic as possible through the built in WiFi networks that touch upon the whole country. CEO Stokols is trying to seal a deal with BT WiFi in order to get FreedomPop access to their 5 million hotspots, which would be a huge boon for the fledgling company. If that deal is struck then we could quickly see an evolution in the FreedomPop product going forward from after the launch.