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FreedomPop Launching Free Mobile Service In UK, Offering 'Jetsetter' 100 MB Roaming SIM

FreedomPop continued its march toward global domination -- or perhaps more appropriately, its global disruption -- of the mobile market with the announcement that it will set up a London base and expand its free mobile service to the UK.

The company also announced its upcoming Jetsetter, a roaming data SIM that gives world travelers 100 MB of free "high-speed" data whether you're in the UK, Spain or France. If you want more data, it will cost you $10 per gigabyte.

"FreedomPop users will receive 200 MBs of data, 200 voice minutes and 200 texts completely free each month via the FreedomPop app or new international SIM," read a press release in part. Note that this is significantly less than the free U.S. plan, which includes 500 MB of data and 500 text messages (although the 200 voice minutes part is the same).

Calls and texts are unlimited between FreedomPop users; in some situations, that alone is likely to sway families or groups of friends to the service. FreedomPop users can make free international calls to some 60 countries, and you can add a second line from any of those countries and let your loved ones outside of the UK call you at local rates. FreedomPop did not elaborate on which countries are on that list, but it did say that it's available for the U.S., at £2 per month.

You get to keep any unused rollover data -- a crucial feature on a plan that gives you just 200 MB -- and the company promised "anonymous browsing to protect [your] online privacy [from] third-party hackers."

The FreedomPop service will hit the UK on day one, and Jetsetter will be available initially in the UK, Spain and France, but the company plans to roll out service to more countries as soon as it hashes out negotiations with the various necessary carriers. FreedomPop expects its service to quickly expand to five more countries this year. Presumably, it expects service to reach 20 total countries, as it clearly stated that it expects Jetsetter to do the same.

If you want in on the UK FreedomPop beta, which will launch this summer, head here. The Jetsetter beta will roll out "later this year," and you can sign up here.

This is the part of the article where we'd list pricing, but the basic FreedomPop service and first 100 MB of Jetsetter is free.  

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  • abhinav_mall
    I wish that 100 GB in heading is not a typo.
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  • scolaner
    I wish that 100 GB in heading is not a typo.

    Hah. Right. Thanks.
    Reply
  • ipwn3r456
    If only FreedomPop USA uses GSM service... Those guys at UK are lucky.
    Reply
  • strongy
    Highlights from their privacy policy (http://www.freedompop.com/privacy.htm):

    - We collect information, including personal information, about you when you visit our Site and use our Services, including, information that we collect directly from you, information that we collect about you from third parties...

    - We store the information that you receive from the social networking sites along with other information that we collect from you or receive about you.

    - We use your information to offer you our products and services as well as third party products and services to you that may be of interest to you. This may include passing your information on to a third party.

    - We also use electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs, clear gifs or action tags) that allow us to collect certain information about your visit to these web pages...

    - We may provide these third- party advertisers with information about your usage of our Site and our Services, both personal and non-personal information.
    Reply
  • urbanman2004
    I wish that 100 GB in heading is not a typo.
    looks like they fixed the typo...
    Reply