New breakthroughs in the world of mobile Wi-Fi are being made. The company FreedomPop, who brought you free—albeit limited—cellphone service is expanding its portfolio to include mobile Wi-Fi. The company boasts that it will host some 10 million hotspots for the whopping total of $5. Available hotspots are expected to double within the first quarter. With the average American spending well over ten times the amount FreedomPop has advertised, there is a large market for potential customers. The company has partnered with other companies to make this venture possible, although they aren’t releasing who these partners are at this time due to contract stipulations. With Google as one of its rivals, we can only speculate at who these investors are. No one is sure what this will do to the mobile data market, but if successful you can be assured there will be numerous carriers that start offering competitive prices. This news can only be positive for the consumers who are tired of overpaying for mobile Wi-Fi. This service will first be available through the FreedomPop android app, but plans to expand to include an iPhone app in the near future.
Along with the strides they are making in the Wi-Fi department, FreedomPop announced they have begun sales of SIM card services in the UK. At this point, they are offering their free service to UK residents. This service includes 200 minutes of calls, 200 minutes of texts and 200mb of data. This plan is what FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols says is the equivalent of a basic mobile plan in England. The deal they are trying to work out is said to have a heavy emphasis on international calls as well. This announcement is expected to be followed by more services being available in the UK as well.