AT&T and T-Mobile both rumored to be possible partners for FreedomPop
With Sprint's pipeline already taking care of the gaps in Wi-Fi coverage, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols says that he wants to partner with AT&T or T-Mobile for strategic reasons. That strategy has to do with the use of SIM cards. FreedomPop wants to pair up SIM powered devices with a Skype-type app called FreedomPop Free Voice and Text that will offer free calls and texting to those with a data connection. FreedomPop is hoping that customers of other carriers try out the app and switch.
The OTT app plus SIM card strategy is something that FreedomPop wants to try in international markets. Getting a deal with an operator like Orange or Vodafone is the goal, and an international presence is actually higher on FreedomPop's wish list than signing a second MVNO deal with AT&T or T-Mobile in the U.S. is.
FreedomPop CEO Stokols says that he is happy with Sprint's current service for his customers, although the speed of the network rollout has been slower than Sprint had initially promised. The executive said that with his Sprint Spark supported phone, he is getting speeds as fast as 80Mbps in Los Angeles.