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Free US MVNO FreedomPop launching UK in ’summer’

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World-first free telco FreedomPop hopes UK users will accept its free service and then pay a little extra for more calls, text and data.

When you have a company offering completely free mobile telephony on a whole new country, including data, you obviously want to know what the catch is.

The catch is very simple. You do get what you are promised - free access and usage, but only a certain amount, and if you want more, you can get more and data very inexpensively.

The move has been popular in the US, with nearly one million people signed up the service, but the UK is the next stop this ‘summer’, which for us in Australia in terms of planetary hemispheres will be our winter.

UK users can use 200 megabytes of data, make cals for 200 voice minutes and send 200 texts free each month via the FreedomPop app or Sim card, with the calls able to be used nationally or internationally across 60 countries. Unused data will be rolled over to the next month.

Want more?

In the US, you can pay US $10.99 per month to get unlimited voice and unlimited texting, which is between 80 to 90% of competing telco offerings.

There’s also a sub $5 deal giving you unlimited voice calls and text messages, and 500 MB of data.

Yet another addition to the FreedomPOP family is the Jetsetter SIM card, giving you free calls in 20+ countries.  

FreedomPOP's service is billed as ‘no contracts, no gimmicks and no hassles, with FreedomPop saying it believes mobile access is a right and not a privilege and is committed to offering basic levels of mobile service 100% truly free.'

There’s no word yet on the extra charges that can be paid for more minutes and data in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, but it should be comparable.

There’s also no word on when FreedomPop might try its hand in the Australia market.

However we do know that Amaysim’s founders successfully ran and managed an MVNO in Europe years before Amaysim came onto the scene, and after selling it, tried their hand at the exact same concept in Australia - to great success.

So… no FreedomPOP in Australia yet, but if it pops up sometime down under over the next couple of years, don’t be surprised!

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