For the better part of the last five years we have seen FreedomPop rise from a relatively unknown company in Los Angeles to one of the global leaders in MVNO offerings. FreedomPop has turned the mobile cell plan world on its head with its revolutionary concept: offer your customers essential free services like talk, text, and mobile data and then bank on making it back via optional add on services. With such a risky, but successful, premise it only makes sense that the MVNO is reaching out even further to grab onto another popular aspect: WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and it is one of the largest programs on the internet with billions of users all communicating via the software. WhatsApp has long been looking for a partner in the mobile phone world in order to get in on the ever popular messaging industry that is coming from our very own pockets. Withotu even saying another word it is pretty obvious that FreedomPop and WhatsApp is a great fit, right, and according to VentureBeat this is the truth. Instead of approaching WhatsApp for a partnership we have seen FreedomPop decided to take on the messaging service of their own volition. There is no real partnership with facebook or WhatsApp.
FreedomPop has steadily been expanding their MVNO empire all across the world with launches in Asia and Europe over the past year or so. Now we are seeing CEO Stephen Stokols become more aggressive with how he plans to expand his company saying, “FreedomPop is the first carrier to embrace WhatsApp organically.” Stokols goes on to say that the company is focused on “disrupting local markets” with their fundamentally free service, thus gaining traction and popularity in new areas. Spain appears to be next up on the list of markets for FreedomPop to approach.