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Mobile Wireless Services Alternatives Growing in Online Marketplace

When looking for a great new company for wireless services, users need look no further than FreedomPop. Mobile wireless service provider offers low cost wireless service plans with basic voice and data. What the company, FreedomPop is doing is giving customers the option to find WiFi service from millions of hotspots, nationwide, with unlimited use by signing on for a fee of only $5.00. This is a service that will work just like cellular, but is a sole WiFi alternative.

The business model for FreedomPop is to purchase only data from carriers to sell for VoIP, voice and other services. Tiers of usage is also negotiated and then FreedomPop will only pay for the amount of data it uses from a carrier. This is a ‘virtual sales and service,’ business model, rather than sales in retail stores. The result in much lower cost per user of below $5.00 each where normally retail user acquisition costs are at $380 per user.

FreedomPop is gauging user data consumption by the pattern of over 90% WiFi that already is happening. The president of FreedomPop, Stephen Stokols, states that “approximately 120 million people and between 65% and 90% of the top 100 metros,” or NBA and NFL franchise cities will be serviced. By the end of the first quarter the number of users served will find more than 25 million hotspots. The use of multiple devices will be enabled with Android and iOS apps from FreedomPop within the next few weeks.

There are other WiFi plans popping up as well for a similar price per month. Boingo has unlimited access with 1 million hotspots throughout the world. This plan will work in airports, hotels, bars an other popular places. This is however a temporary discount from the normal monthly fee of $9.95 per month. Devices that are enabled to be compatible with Boingo’s services are Mac and Window iPads, Tablets, laptops, Androids, iOS, Kindles and others. The data speeds being offered are much faster than 3G/4G by a factor of 10 for streaming video, games, Skype, Facetime, and downloading massive sized files.

What users most commonly use now is the vast LTE Verizon network which comprises more than 15 network upgrades with reliable performance qualities for 4G/LTE users. Both carrier aggregation along with heterogeneous networks still attract over 308 million users who either will likely continue to rely on these services because of availability or switch for great savings on data.

Apple Says Foxconn Can Buy and Sell iPhones

Apple is going to allow Foxconn to buy and sell used iPhones. Foxconn is the company in China that makes the iPhone. The phone is a big money maker in China, and apparently Foxconn wants in on the action. Now it will purchase used iPhones from customers and then resell them to others.

Brian Torchin (resume.com) understands that Foxconn is in a particularly unique position to be an iPhone reseller since it has all the parts on hand to appropriate refurbish any iPhones that come its way. It also has an entire staff with the no how to fix a phone, and to know when they’re being sold sub-par goods or an imposter. Unlike Apple, who buys old iPhones and restores them in the United States, Foxconn won’t have its own store front for the sales. Instead, it will sell the refurbished phones on the country’s eBay-like platform.

iPhone prices can get quite high in China. If Foxconn is successful in its attempts, then iPhone reselling could actually become quite lucrative for the company, and help it make quite a tidy sum as a side profit. Foxconn also recently announced plans to get into the autonomous car market, making the company quite the technology powerhouse in China.

Apple Will Accept Android and BlackBerry Trade-Ins

Apple plans on offering Android owners cash if they decide to make the switch over to the iPhone. According to 9to5 Mac Apple plans to launch a brand new trade-in program within the next few months that will allow people to trade in BlackBerry and Android phones in addition to those made by the Cupertino company.

Bringing those phones in will score you a gift card that you can then use to buy a brand new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As Christian Broda understands it, similar to how its current trade in program works, employees will inspect a device and determine its trade-in value based on the type of device, whether r not it functions properly, and wear and tear to its exterior.

Apple employees will start training on how to deal with the new phone later this week, with the program rolling out at all retail locations shortly afterwards. Apple has offered a trade-in program for iPhone since the middle of 2013. The program was initially launched in order to spur more sales of the iPhone 5, and then later the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Originally jus a program in stores in the united States, the program is now available in Canada, Europe and Australia as well.

Get Swiping Because Tinder Plus Is Coming.

It’s hard to find love. Many of us have given up all together on the notion that maybe we will just bump into the man of our dreams at the grocery store, or perhaps jog right into him when out for a run. Now, we have to work for it. Working for it a lot of times means trying that online dating thing. Currently, Tinder seems to take the top spot in online dating app’s. Almost everyone I know is on it, including myself.

There are some problems that I have noticed with Tinder, and apparently some other people have noticed them as well. Now there are changes being made. According to Buzzfeed Tinder Plus will be hitting the app store. So what makes Tinder Plus so special? Well now users abroad will be able to use this hit app that took the United States by storm.

I’ve heard the frustrated cries when one of my friends would accidentally swipe right (meaning yes) to someone that they didn’t want. Now, they can reverse that before any sort of awkward encounter ensues. Sometimes you do get yes happy on Tinder, unfortunately now you won’t be able to make unlimited yes swipes unless you sign up for Tinder Plus.

Gianfrancesco Genoso (advogando.net) has read that there are a few catches however. For one, it will cost you. Tinder is a free app. Tinder Plus will be available for less than ten dollars in the United States. Abroad the prices will vary. Perhaps the biggest catch of all is that if you are over the age of 28, Tinder Plus will cost you *MORE*.

FreedomPop: The Future of Tech

People who have a tablet with WiFi only are only able to get on the Internet when on the go by using a WiFi hotspot. This is due not having a connection to the Internet available when on the go. This means another option is needed. One solution that is available is the mobile data service from FreedomPop.

The basic business model of FreedomPop is to get people to subscribe to their basic service and have a significant number pay for premium options. This company has been offering free data and voice plans for smartphones since 2012 using the Sprint and Clearwire network. However, they have service that is available for both WiFi only and mobile-enabled tablet devices. This means consumers can choose one of both options based on their needs. Their location will determine the options that are available.

Consumers will benefit from using a service that is free for general use. One aspect to realize about the service is extra features require a small fee. This includes offers to receive a text message if a consumer is near the data plan capacity limit. Offers are made to consumers during the sign up process. You have the option to accept and be charged a fee or continue with without choosing the offer. If you choose the option to receive capacity limit texts, then expect to pay $1.99 per month.

The maximum amount of data that is available for a free plan is 500 MB. This is not a significant amount for general use, but it will allow people to check email and various social media accounts. One thing to keep in mind is their wireless Internet service requires the use of a specific device. You have the option of the Freedom Stick, 250U, the Freedom Spot Overdrive Pro, or the Freedom Spot Photon – 4G/3G MiFi. The cost will range from $19.99 to $59.99 based on the option that is chosen. However, the cost is refunded to the consumer. Consumers also have the option of rolling over unused data for $3.per month.

The free phone service from FreedomPop will require the consumer to purchase a smartphone or tablet during the sign up process. However, the do offer the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini if a consumer desires an Apple device. Forbes notes that their basic plan is totally free, but is limited to 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500 MB of data. If you prefer an unlimited plan, then the cost is $19.99 per month. There will also be an option for voicemail at $2.49 and an extended warranty option for $8.99.

This is a viable solution for people who are not heavy phone users or people who want an inexpensive option for phone and Internet access. One thing to keep in mind is FreedomPop offers an app that will turn a tablet into a fully functional phone. They also have a Freedom Sleeve Rocket that will make the iPod Touch work like an iPhone. This is a great option when an upgrade is not necessary.