FreedomPop to launch its first phone in 2016, thanks to funding from Intel

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FreedomPop, the budget-friendly wireless service provider, has announced its plans to introduce the first smartphone designed specifically to work on its network, thanks to a new deal with Intel. The device will be optimized for Wi-Fi use and will be powered by Intel’s cost-effective SoFIA Atom x3 processors. These will allow the device to take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots over cellular data connections wherever possible, even when when performing simple tasks like texting and calling. Similar to that of Google’s Project Fi, the upcoming FreedomPop phone will be able to seamlessly switch between cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. Engadget reports that when it does connect to mobile data, however, it will supposedly be free.
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“We’ve upended the mobile market with free text, data, and voice services for any U.S. mobile user, and now we’ve formed a strategic alliance with Intel to bring cutting-edge, yet affordable, devices to consumers,” said FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols. “Intel’s investment shows the considerable opportunity we have to bring more mobile choice and value to consumers.”

Details on the phone itself – pricing, release date, which manufacturer will make the hardware – have yet to be revealed. We do know that it will launch sometime in 2016, and Stokols says the device will probably launch for somewhere under $200. He also says the goal with this new device is to bring as many high specs as possible while keeping the price down. Oh, and we also know that it will run Android, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.
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Comments

  • Fabrizio MartellucciFabrizio Martellucci Posts: 657FreedomPop Newbie, UK Pro ✭✭✭✭
    Interesting I saw that press release yesterday popping up in my Google now news feed. I wonder if it's going to be released in the UK once FP starts new partnership(s). For instance Hong Kong based PCCW might withdraw their London offering of their own special TDD spectrum they bought, where they're offering home mobile network broadband through Relish Broadband ( UK Broadband ). If they do indeed pull out then Freedompop could muscle in using that specific spectrum which doesn't compete with the other big three networks.
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  • 1stJohn Arkley1stJohn Arkley Posts: 392FreedomPop Newbie ✭✭✭
    The link that was on my facebook feed last night said there would be a 3G handset launched in the uk followed by a 4G one in the US.
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  • SolomonSolomon Posts: 207FreedomPop Newbie
    With any number of pretty good Android phones available at ever-lower prices, is there any need for yet another handset? Every new handset is better and cheaper than the previous one.
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