/// FreedomPop Makes Its Move Into the Phone Business With Free and Low-Cost Options
After a year of providing free and low-cost hotspot service , FreedomPop is moving into the cellphone business. It is offering low-cost and free plans, though for now its only phone model is a refurbished version of the two-year-old WiMax-based HTC Evo Design. But those willing to put up with an older Android phone can save a bundle on service. Customers can get 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500 megabytes of data each month for free, with unlimited texting and calling available for $10.99 a month. “That’s how we are going to shake up Verizon and AT&T,” CEO Stephen Stokols said in an interview. “We do want to have a material impact on the market dynamic.” FreedomPop is a tiny bit behind schedule, having said in June that it expected to have cellphone service up and running by summer . Stokols said that the company has more than 100,000 customers for its mobile data service, and that initial phone customers should have their devices in about a week. Over time, Stokols said, the company wants to have a range of phones at different prices, including LTE phones, though it plans to always carry an entry-level smartphone for $99. It also hopes to let customers bring their own Sprint-compatible devices.
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