A US firm is to extend its free mobile data, voice and text offering to the UK from July this year. FreedomPop will offer Sim cards that offer 200MB of data, 200 texts and 200 minutes of voice calls per month using the cellular network at no cost. The company already offers a similar free mobile data plan in the US to more than half a million users. The firm, which is backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstom, says it will make money by selling extra services.
Making moneyThe company told the BBC it plans to make money from selling users additional data beyond the amount offered free of charge and additional services for which it will also charge. These include the ability to roll over unused data to the next month, anonymous browsing to protect online privacy, and the ability to add a second phone number from more than 60 countries so that friends and family outside the UK can call at local rates. For example a UK subscriber could operate a US-based number from the Sim card in addition to their normal UK number for a £2 per month charge. “We see ourselves as the no-frills mobile carrier. We want users to feel liberated, getting the basic services for free,” FreedomPop co-founder Steven Sesar told the BBC. “We’ll start with around a dozen add-on services that customers can choose to pay for and extend that to 20 or so within a year.” Source: Free mobile voice, text and data plans coming to UK