FreedomPop has been changing the game of mobile phone services by offering basic plans to their users for absolutely free. The California based phone company opened in 2011 and spent the last five years cultivating a mass following across the U.S. until they launched in England last year. After expanding across the European market their user base has grown to over a billion users though some are paying a light service fee for extra amenities. FreedomPop’s base plan with zero costs offers its users 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB each month but you can add extra for as low as a cent a text if needed.
WhatsApp has been around for a couple of years and is one of the most popular messaging services but their controversial partnership with Facebook after the issue with net neutrality was introduced to the modern world. However, FreedomPop is not partnering with Facebook or WhatsApp and are instead moving their own direction solo.
Spain is FreedomPop’s third largest user base and nearly 70% of the country uses WhatsApp as their primary text message program. Steven Sesar, co-founder of FreedomPop, stated that by simply covering the bill they are ensuring almost an entire country will be able to communicate for free. FreedomPop’s growth in Europe is also fueled by the fact that they offer free roaming in over thirty-one countries. The larger countries include Germany, Spain, England, France, and Italy which makes Europe a prime market for FreedomPop to explore and expand their services.