FreedomPop will bring free mobile services to UK this summer

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Provider makes money by selling extras such as faster speeds, more data, texts and calls

US-based provider FreedomPop will launch in the UK this summer providing “free” mobile services on its SIM-only plans.

The firm provides a free SIM with 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data, but charges for any additional use, similar to the “Freemium” model found on many iOS and Android apps.

Also, included is free international calling to over 60 countries and free unlimited calls and texts to each other.

The LA-based company launched in the US in October 2012 and received backing from Skype founder Niklas Zennstom. It is led by former BT VP of strategy and product development Stephen Stokols, who is CEO.

It will use Three’s wholesale network as part of an MVNO agreement and has said its SIM will work with any iOS or Android device, including tablets, although it has not revealed prices for any bundle additions.

“FreedomPop believes mobile access is a right and not a privilege and is committed to offering basic levels of mobile service 100 percent truly free. If you need more than basic, we hope you will pay for our bigger plans that are priced well below the market,” the company says on the UK version of its website.

It also provides an instant messaging app which can be downloaded for free once a user places the Freedom Pop SIM in their device allowing them to use the same number across several devices.

FreedomPop is also introducing a JetSetter SIM which will start in Europe and it says will eventually offer free data across the world.

The SIM includes 100MB of free data, with paid plans starting at $10. It promises roaming costs will be 90 per cent lower than current operator costs, though no further details were available.

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