It’s been nearly a year since a company called FreedomPop announced its intentions (through a cryptically ambitious press release, no less) that it planned to bring “free broadband” to data-hungry users nationwide.
FreedomPop, the startup out of LA that has been going after U.S. carriers’ wireless business with a “free” basic mobile offering, is now bringing a SIM-only version of its service to Europe and beyond.
FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service.
FreedomPop has spent the past year trying to turn the wireless industry on its ear with its freemium mobile Internet service, but the Niklas Zennstrom-backed company is now setting its sights on replacing people’s pricey home Internet contracts.