According to the Daily Mail, a Los Angeles-based mobile phone service that’s been running in the US for three years is now expanding to the UK. The service, an app provided by FreedomPop, promises users a free mobile phone contract that offers 200 minutes, 200 texts, and 200MBs of data, all free, to its UK customers. Users are also given a phone number allowing them to receive international phone calls at no charge.
If a user finds the 200MBs of data allotted insufficient, FreedomPop provides the option of filling out third-party surveys and downloading coupons in exchange for more data. Additionally, data that goes unused can be gifted at no charge to the user’s friends and family. Users are able to check their data, minutes, and texts anytime either within the app or via push notification to prevent any charges incurred from going over their monthly limit.
In its three years of operation in the US, FreedomPop has acquired almost one million customers, and since its recent launch in the UK in May, 250,000 have signed up for the service. FreedomPop is the first mobile provider in the UK to offer a “free service, guaranteed for life,” according to the chief executive and co-founder, Stephen Stokols. The company runs under the belief that “everyone should have access to mobile services” and is enthusiastic about offering customers in the UK this unique opportunity. The UK is the first country, among seven set to launch within the next year, to provide the service, with 20 total countries set to have access to it by 2017.