FreedomPop is constructing a 'WiFi-first' smartphone with Intel
Price range service FeedomPop has signed a cope with Intel that may see it introduce a “WiFi-first” smartphone subsequent yr. The telephone will use Intel’s low-value “SoFIA” Atom x3 processors and leverage WiFi hotspots wherever attainable as an alternative of cellular knowledge, even for issues like texting and calling. The telephone will “seamlessly” change between WiFi and mobile networks with no discernible distinction to the consumer, and when it does hook up with mobile it’s going to apparently be free. FreedomPop already provides an identical service — its massive promoting level is that calls and texts are despatched by way of cellular knowledge or WiFi relatively than conventional means — however this would be the first telephone objective-constructed for its digital community.
FreedomPop has been pushing its knowledge-solely community for a while now. It claims to have entry to the US’ “largest aggregated WiFi community,” and gives limitless entry (together with voice calls and textual content) to its hotspots for $5 a month. Extra just lately, its concepts seem to have been vindicated by Google, which began a digital community referred to as Fi that additionally makes use of WiFi hotspots to enhance service.
The service began promoting an unbranded Android pill final month, and on the time teased that an “$89 LTE Android telephone” would arrive in “the approaching months.” It isn’t clear if that is the telephone we’re speaking about in the present day, or if the $89 system will simply be a daily low cost telephone. Both approach, as a part of the cope with Intel, FreedomPop has additionally secured some funds from Intel Capital, the chipco’s funding arm, to assist “help” the business launch of the system. There isn’t any agency particulars on launch date or worth for the telephone, however it’ll be launched in “a number of markets” sooner or later in 2016.