Originally reported in Mobile World Live, FreedomPop is bringing its MVNO service to Spain this summer by way of the application WhatsApp. Utilizing the technology, messaging and calling will be completely free regardless of usage. As it stands, users get up to 500mb of data free with upgrades ranging from $9.99 to $59.99.
Currently the company is only available in the US and UK, but 31 additional countries are set to be offered service with beta registration available on a first come-first serve basis. This is a result from the $109 million dollars in funding they’ve raised to expand in such markets as Asia, South America and Europe. A global hotspot is also planned to be unveiled in Europe sometime in the future.
According to a recent review, FreedomPop has said over 70 percent of mobile users in Spain use WhatsApp and accounts for 90 percent of the countries texting. Co-Founder and COO Steven Sesar stated the company has “completely cannibalized traditional mobile services in Spain and shaped a unique opportunity for companies looking to embrace the new OTT world we live in,”.
They estimate the amount of subscribers they will obtain in Spain to be between 500,000 and 1,000,000. This is already in addition to the close to 100,000 they project in the UK.