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FreedomPop releases $169 Galaxy S II, drops unlimited calling, texting to $4.58/month

Sprint  MVNO FreedomPop today said it will sell the Samsung Galaxy S II for $169 alongside its HTC Evo Design WiMAX, the company's first smartphone that it launched in October for $99. Further, FreedomPop cut in half the cost of its unlimited calling and texting service, to $4.58 per month.

FreedomPop sees 'better than expected demand' for HTC Evo phone

Sprint MVNO FreedomPop sold its initial batch of FreedomPop-branded Android smartphones within a day and a half of availability, which CEO Stephen Stokols said was "far better than expected demand."

FreedomPop intros $99 smartphone, $11/month unlimited talking, texting plan

Sprint MVNO FreedomPop today expanded its offerings to include a smartphone and voice calling and texting services. Previously the company centered its strategy on selling wireless data through hotspots and other data-only devices.

FreedomPop shows off LTE-capable smartphone case, hopes for year-end launch

LAS VEGAS--MVNO FreedomPop plans to release a smartphone case that can connect to Sprint Nextel's EV-DO and LTE networks sometime this year. The case will be tied to a user's smartphone via Wi-Fi, and will provide the user with access to FreedomPop services including the company's 500 MB of free data per month and its forthcoming VoIP calling service.

As iPhone Sleeve delays drag on, FreedomPop offers Photon and free 2 GB as consolation

The FCC said it requires additional testing of MVNO FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve, which the company said could "take another couple months and tens of thousands of dollars." As a result, the company is now offering anyone who pre-ordered the company's iPhone Sleeve before February 2012 a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2 GB of free data. The company said that "if/when" the iPhone Sleeve does ship, customers will also be eligible to receive a free Sleeve as well.

FreedomPop moves onto Sprint's EV-DO network, trumpets profitable business model

MVNO FreedomPop announced it is beginning to move its services onto Sprint Nextel's CDMA EV-DO network, a move that will allow the company sell services nationwide rather than just in Clearwire's WiMAX coverage area. FreedomPop said the first device to make use of Sprint's network will be its new Overdrive Pro mobile hotspot. FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols also confirmed to  FierceWireless  that the company's business model is working, and that FreedomPop is currently "profitable from a gross margin perspective."

FreedomPop intros new pricing options with Burst in-home broadband router

Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop said its WiMAX-powered $89 Burst home router device is now available for purchase. The device brings with it new pricing options from FreedomPop, which is offering Burst owners 1 GB of free data per month.

FreedomPop intros data-sharing service- but iPhone Sleeve is still MIA

MVNO FreedomPop announced a new service that will allow its users to share data. The offering puts a new twist on the shared data plans from Verizon Wireless  and AT&T Mobility by allowing FreedomPop users to give their unused data to any other friends or family members who use the company's service.

In wireless, what is the conversion rate from free to paid?

MVNO FreedomPop said that around 30 percent of its subscribers opt for its paid tiers of service. The figure is notable because it finally shines a light on a strategy that wireless carriers have been testing for years: offering a small amount of wireless data for free in the hopes users will purchase more.

FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve stuck in FCC certification, costing $550,000

LAS VEGAS--MVNO FreedomPop said its WiMAX-capable iPhone Sleeve has been delayed in the FCC's approval process due to an untested design element. The company said the unexpected delay in obtaining approval has cost the company and its manufacturing partner a total of $550,000 so far.