FreedomPop inks deal with Intel; hybrid carrier will offer Wi-Fi first smartphone in 2016
Now, FreedomPop has announced that it has signed a deal with chipmaker Intel to help it develop a Wi-Fi first smartphone, something that is currently not manufactured. Using Intel's low-priced "SoFIA" Atom x3 processors, FreedomPop's new handset will first seek out a Wi-Fi signal for calls, texts and data. And when the situation calls for a switchover to a cellular signal, the unit will do so "seamlessly."
FreedomPop claims to have the largest "aggregated" Wi-Fi network in existence, which can be accessed for voice, text and data for a monthly cost of just $5. Subscribers have a choice of data plans to choose from. The company has a number of phones it sells, including the LG Volt, HTC Desire 510, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5. It is also selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet.
Part of the deal with Intel includes an investment by Intel Capital that will support the release of the brand new Wi-Fi first phone. All we know at this point is that the handset will be available in multiple markets sometime next year.