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FreedomPop launches US$5 unlimited Wi-Fi service, plans Wi-Fi phone

Stephen Lawson | Jan. 22, 2015
Upstart mobile carrier FreedomPop is adding an unlimited data, voice and messaging plan for US$5 per month using Wi-Fi hotspots, and it plans to sell a Wi-Fi-only phone to use on the service.

"We try to make a Wi-Fi network look like a cellular network, from a user's perspective," he said.

There's a standard technology for automatically joining Wi-Fi hotspots and moving between them, called Hotspot 2.0 or Passpoint, but FreedomPop isn't using it yet. Most networks still aren't equipped for it, and it will be a few years before most are, Stokols said. When networks do get it, that will save FreedomPop developers a lot of work coding the company's own apps to provide that seamless experience, Stokols said.

 

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