International calling is an issue in today’s multi- and international world. The issue lies in whether you can afford to call family regularly or not, and the price is usually what defines the frequency of contacting non-local family and friends. Many of us have gone for the online options that Skype, Hangouts, and Whatsapp have offered up, while some of us have gone with a possibly less-affordable, carrier-based option. Well, with FreedomPop’s latest announcement, there is another option for international contact, and it’s rather attractive as an option. This morning, FreedomPop announced that they would begin offering an international calling service onto their already free-or-low-cost smartphone plans. The plan is an international calling plan or plan add-on, and it only costs you $5.00. Sound crazy? Well, it’s not. That’s what FreedomPop does.
FreedomPop, as many should know them by now, are famous for offering affordable service to its customers. The company is famous for offering free, that’s $0.00 per month, service to smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S IV, Galaxy S III, and the HTC Evo 4G, all running smoothly across the Sprint bandwidth that services FreedomPop’s customers and phones. Did we mention that they also do hotspots? Yes, this bargain-based service provider operates on the principle that anyone should have access to the Internet, so they, alongside their smartphones, offer a mobile hotspot with a free providence of data connection for your laptop or tablet. Now, you can get service for a mobile hotspot, low-cost cell phone service, and now completely affordable international calling all with FreedomPop, all coming in (depending on how many megabytes, minutes, and texts you desire above their free baseline) under $50 per month.
That’s crazy good on your wallet, if you ask me. College kids could afford it, maybe even some high school kids. Twenty-somethings living in an apartment, you could probably make this one work for you too. FreedomPop is a very new and unique kind of business and business model, and it seems to be doing well enough to expand its range of services. Have you heard of this upstart before, or is this the first? How do they look as a company so far (they were founded in 2012 and went public in 2013, remember)? What big next steps do you think they’ll make to compete for your mobile service-buying dollar? What do you hope they do? Let us know down below.