Los Angeles-based mobile startup FreedomPop on Tuesday began taking its first steps into Europe.
Basic phone service is about to get a whole lot cheaper for those in the U.K. How cheap? Free.
Los Angeles-based mobile startup FreedomPop on Tuesday took its first steps into Europe, announcing plans to launch the U.K’s first free mobile phone service this summer.
The catch is that won’t get a ton of talk time or data. The free tier gives you 200 minutes, 200 texts, and 200MB of data. That’s pretty basic, but might work for occasional mobile users.
To sweeten the deal, the company is throwing in free international calling to more than 60 countries and free unlimited calls and texts to other FreedomPop users. Check availability on FreedomPop’s site, and sign up to be a beta tester.
“We’ve seen tremendous success with offering free talk, text, and data in the U.S., and we’re looking forward to making this available to everyone, wherever they are,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The service will initially be available across the U.K, but FreedomPop plans to expand to other areas in the future with no roaming fees.
New customers will need a FreedomPop SIM and the FreedomPop messaging app to get started. You can use an existing phone (and number) or tablet.
If you need more than the basic service, FreedomPop will, of course, be able to accommodate you. The company has said that it can make money off a free product because many of its users trade up to paid services. An Unlimited Everything plan for new phone users in the U.S., for example, costs $19.99 per month for unlimited data, texts, and voice minutes.
Meanwhile, alongside the U.K. launch, FreedomPop is also releasing Jetsetter, which it calls the “world’s first global SIM that offers free service.” Jetsetter will initially be available in the U.K., Spain, and France offering 100MB of cellular data per month. Sign up for a beta invite on FreedomPop’s website.