FreedomPop, the company behind one of the world’s first free SIM cards, have announced their very own budget smartphone – costing just £59.
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Freedompop is best known for using other carriers’ networks and offering them to users for free. Like Tesco Mobile and giffgaff, they have no infrastructure of their own and work off the Three network.
Now they’ve launched their FreedomPop V7 dual-SIM smartphone as a vessel for their mobile service.
While the new device doesn’t have the most high-end specs on the market, they’re still pretty impressive for the price. It operates on Android 6.0 (Marshmellow) using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2010 processor. The V7 comes with 1GB of RAM as well as a 2,100mAh battery.
Also included are a 13-megapizel rear-facing camera and 16GB of internal storage
FreedomPop launched the phone specifically for use alongside their free SIM card, which gives 200 MB, 200 minutes and 200 messages every month without any charge. The company make money from their premium plans that range from £4.99 to £19.99 a month.
Launching back in 2011, their mission statement is to provide “the world’s first 100% free mobile plan so that no one is left off the ‘connected grid.”
The most interesting part of the V7 is that it isn’t restricted to FreedomPop plans. The phone contains a dual-SIM card slot so users can switch over whenever they wish and are in no way tied to the FreedomPop service.
FreedomPop say they’re available on a “first come first serve basis”. The V7 is available in the UK and Spain now, but looks set to launch in the US in future.
The mid-range smartphone market is already relatively crowded in the UK, so in a bid to win over new fans FreedomPop are offering a 30-day money back guarantee.
See the V7 on FreedomPop’s site here.