FreedomPop has launched a global SIM to give UK users free data roaming in 25 countries.
The disruptive MVNO is expanding its free mobile service after landing in the UK in May last year with a business model that CEO Stephen Stockols predicted at the time would ‘light a fire’ under operators. The US-based company’s SIM-only proposition involved offering user’s free voice, data and text mobile services to ‘wipe out £5 and £10 tarrifs’.
FreedomPop are now ramping up their market assault, successfully raising $50m (£32m) in financing to fund its international expansion and the launch of a global SIM and hotpot. The new service will first target customers in the US and the UK, giving users 200MB of free data every month to use across the US and a number of European countries.
Seamless data roaming
The MVNO explained the global SIM will work by aggregating networks across the supported countries to provide free data connectivity. According to FreedomPop COO and Co-founder Steven Sesar, the launch is proof that the MVNO’s business model is working: ‘FreedomPop has proven that new Internet business models work in the telecom space and has developed the technology to scale it globally.
‘This new financing not only validates our capabilities, but it also ensures that FreedomPop has the capital required to become a top 10 global service provider. The financing also supports our Global network launch, which is an exciting way to give consumers free Internet access across the world and eliminate roaming costs no matter where they are.’
FreedomPop’s £10 global SIM will include France, Germany, Finland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, with plans to also expand to Asia and South America.