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FreedomPop Brings Its Free Wireless Service To Europe, Sans Handsets

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"FreedomPop, the startup out of L.A. that has been going after U.S. carriers’ wireless business with a “free” basic mobile offering, is now bringing a SIM-only version of its service to Europe and beyond."

I guess you can say we are on our way to becoming international "Pop Stars"! ;)

To read more about our big news check out the article from Tech Crunch here!
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  • hankjrodhankjrod Posts: 368FreedomPop Newbie, FreedomPop Expert ✭✭✭
    The next question is .... when Are you going to allow dual sim phones, and can we get a global sim for any of the current lte phones you carry in the U.S. (if we go to Europe)
  • Ryan Ryan Posts: 80FreedomPop Newbie, FreedomPop Expert ✭✭✭
    I read this earlier on Tech Crunch. Great news for Europe!
  • Adolfo GalvanAdolfo Galvan Posts: 720FreedomPop Newbie, FreedomPop Master, Test Role, FreedomPop Expert, FP Flyer ✭✭✭✭
    hankjrod said:

    The next question is .... when Are you going to allow dual sim phones, and can we get a global sim for any of the current lte phones you carry in the U.S. (if we go to Europe)

    US users will be able to get a SIM to use in covered countries; will not sell phones. If they use SIMs, of course you can use a dual-SIM model! http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/freedompop-expands-globally-its-first-european-carrier-partner
  • Ali Ali Posts: 6,735FreedomPop Master, Test Role, iOS Master ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2014 #5
    That link is broken, it just takes me to a picture lol

    The correct link is here: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/10/freedompop-brings-its-free-wireless-service-to-europe-sans-handsets/
  • Ali Ali Posts: 6,735FreedomPop Master, Test Role, iOS Master ✭✭✭✭✭
    Oh yeah, if anyone wants a dual or 3 sim phone, consider something like the SocBlue A820 for Android phones and the A840 for the iPhone/iPod touch. Then they can have multiple SIM cards and use them.
  • PeterHendriksPeterHendriks Posts: 3FreedomPop Newbie
    I thought I posted something here as a new user, but I do not see it one day later. O well, let's try it again :)

    On a Dutch blog I read the story that FreedomPop was coming to Europe, Belgium to be exact. Some other countries may follow later. Seeing KPN, a major Dutch telco provider, I was wondering if FreedomPop will be coming to The Netherlands too.
  • PeterHendriksPeterHendriks Posts: 3FreedomPop Newbie
    Interesting news. I live in The Netherlands, also known as Holland. Is there a schedule when FreedomPops will be active in my little country? I'd read FreedomPop is going to use BASE in Belgium, which is the Belgium "branch" of one of the biggest Dutch telco operator KPN.
  • nigelhnigelh Posts: 0FreedomPop Newbie
    Ali said:

    Oh yeah, if anyone wants a dual or 3 sim phone, consider something like the SocBlue A820 for Android phones and the A840 for the iPhone/iPod touch. Then they can have multiple SIM cards and use them.

    SocBlue's solution is much neater than those of their competitors, most of which seem to require a ribbon cable coming out of the slot and then being wrapped around the back of the phone and hidden inside a case. Not very elegant.

    A question I can't find the answer to is whether the SocBlue allows calls to be simultaneously received by any SIM, or is it still the case that only one SIM can be active at a time?

    A pity that the SocBlue solution requires jailbreaking, though perhaps not surprising, given what it has to do with the Bluetooth connection. Rules it out for my partner, though, as her employer's security requirements totally prohibit jailbreaking the phone.
  • nigelhnigelh Posts: 0FreedomPop Newbie
    Does anyone have any idea at all as to the likely timeframe in which service will commence in Europe?
  • PeterHendriksPeterHendriks Posts: 3FreedomPop Newbie
    According to this respected Dutch techblog (non - English content), Tony Miller said "begin next year". The tweakers article also claims tests in Belgium have started.

    http://tweakers.net/nieuws/97566/gratis-mobiele-provider-wil-begin-volgend-jaar-in-nederland-beginnen.html

    Also the biggest Dutch newspaper reported about FP (non English content)
    http://www.telegraaf.nl/digitaal/22915621/__Internet_en_bellen_straks_gratis__.html

    If you are really interested in the articles I suggest Google Translate to translate it to English.
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