US MOBILE PHONE OPERATOR FreedomPop, which offers free calls, data and texts, is expanding to the UK.
FreedomPop, backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, has teamed up with Three for the UK expansion, which comes just days after Carphone Warehouse launched its iD network. A deal with a second network is reportedly set to be announced soon.
FreedomPop said in a blog post: "We're all really excited to announce our first steps into Europe this summer with the launch of the UK’s first free mobile phone service.
"We've seen tremendous success with offering free talk, text and data in the US, and we're looking forward to making this available to everyone, wherever they are."
Set to launch this summer, FreedomPop will offer Brits a SIM-only deal providing 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data for free each month.
Making the deal even more appealing, the operator will also offer unlimited free calls and texts to other people on the network, along with free international calling to over 60 countries.
FreedomPop is also offering a free international roaming data SIM package called JetSetter, which will offer 100MB of free data per month. It will initially be available only in the UK, Spain and France, but coverage will eventually expand to over 20 countries.
Commenting on the launch, Rob Kerr, mobile expert at uSwitch, said: "A free SIM with a free allowance of minutes, texts and data might sound too good to be true, but it could just be enough to appease the truly entry-level customers."
More data-hungry users should be careful about out-of-bundle charges and make sure they do their research before they go over their allowance.
"Extra data charges will have to be very competitive with the likes of iD Mobile offering unlimited data at £20 a month," said Kerr.
"Where FreedomPop could be useful is for that emergency phone in the car, where users are unlikely to eat into the limited calls, texts and data."
If you're interested in FreedomPop, the firm said that you can now sign up on a first-come, first-served basis at freedompop.com/uk to be among the network's first UK beta users. µ
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