FreedomPop has been making waves in the telecommunication world for the better part of the last five years. Mostly, FreedomPop has gained notoriety for their progressive new phone plan which involves giving away basic services completely free with no strings attached. CEO Stephen Stokols has helped spearhead the continued evolution of the company and now his work is paying off as FreedomPop is ready for its global expansion. FreedomPop is currently launching their 4G service in the UK as the first part of their big international expansion plan, as reported by The Telegraph.
Getting started with FreedomPop.
FreedomPop, as we said above, is a completely free service that puts phones in the hands of people who want and need them. Users get a basic plan that includes 200 minutes of talk, 200 texts, and 200 MB of data all completely free. The only expense incurred for users is the initial set up free. After that moment everything else is free unless the user decides to upgrade their plan, add on tertiary services, or if they go over their allotted usage rates. This freemium phone plan is directly competitive with the most basic plans that are available in the UK.
For the past six months or so there have been rumors abound that FreedomPop on digitaltrends was in advanced talks for a M&A deal with an unnamed, giant competitor. FreedomPop rose to notoriety in the exact climate that would have made it extremely beneficial to sell. According to CEO Stokols there was a ‘very competitive offer’ on the table in the amount near $450 million. Stokols decision to pass on the enormous sale amount is proof positive that they fully believe in their service and think that success will be far more beneficial in the future than merely cashing out at this point.
Back to the UK expansion, FreedomPop is continuing their history of being a third party conduit for data. FreedomPop buys out data wholesale and then vends it out to their users rather than erecting their own cell towers and such. Users are then afforded huge savings and they can save a ton more by completing third party surveys. CEO Stokols admits that at least 50% of their customers will likely never spend a dime on the program, but he believes that the other 50% will more than make up for the difference. FreedomPop was founded in 2011 by Stokols after having his funding proposal rejected by the BT Board in the UK.
In the days of ever expanding technology it is easier than ever to feel connected. But because technology is so accessible, people expect that you have reliable service. It is hard for people to fathom that you are not receiving text messages or that you have lost wireless service. Your friends, family and professional contacts all expect that you have conducted enough research to have a dependable wireless service and that you have purchased a data plan that is appropriate for your needs. It is hard to explain to your friends, family or significant other that you have ran out of minutes, texts or data usage for the month. It is important to evaluate your mobile wireless usage to decide what kind of data plan you require.
Even though technology has increased at a staggering rate since the advent of the smartphone, it can still be a challenge to find an affordable service with the right data plan. There are plenty of companies that are still looking to gouge consumers. In an age where technology is so abundant and evolving it seems unfair for any one to be left out because an affordable data plan is not within their reach.
Freedom Pop is an alternative to your traditional mobile wireless service. This growing service that is endorsed by Niklas Zennstom, the founder of Skype. After having a following in the US, FreedomPop expanded it’s service to the UK on July 1st. The basic plan includes 200 minutes, 200 texts, and 200MB of free data. The bulk of FreedomPop’s service is free, with additional add ons such as letting unused data rollover and adding a line. The carrier of FreedomPop is also launching JetSetter which is ideal for travelers in the UK, Spain and France.
Additionally, TechCrunch reports that FreedomPop is offering a new low cost WiFi service. This service allows you to use over 10 million hotspots. These hotspots are located in urban centers across the US. Approximately 120 million people will have access to the hotspots with coast to coast coverage focused in metro centers. This service will be available through both Android and iPhone apps. Large retailers including Starbucks, McDonalds, Best Buy and Burger King will be a part of the comprehensive coverage that will include an auto connect feature. The use of these WiFi hotspots should be a seamless and user friendly experience.
At the world’s current pace, you cannot afford to miss out on expansive WiFi coverage and an affordable data plan that caters to your daily needs. When you are not connected, you could be missing out on sharing the experience of celebrating milestones with your friends and family. If you are not using technology that delivers your messages at the speed of life, you could feel less connected to those that you love. Technology should bring us closer across all the miles, not tear us further away. FreedomPop’s innovative and affordable plan ensures that you can stay connected at the pace that life unfurls.
The tech sector is both immensely influential in people’s lives and often unnoticed by the public. People often don’t know the exact terminology involved with the latest advances. They simply know that a new feature on their phone or in an app is amazing. One of the best examples of this has come with a new technology called visual search. The general public isn’t very aware of the term. But they’re loving the experience of using it within apps.
Of course this also means that the term deserves actual definition. Visual search is a method by which machines can search a database using an image. In general this means that someone will take a picture on their phone, the image will be uploaded to a server, and the server will return item information based on what it finds.
This can seem a little overly abstract at first. But what’s missing in that description is the most common practical use. It’s interesting on a technical level. But in general people aren’t using it to find information about a piece of art or similar things. They’re using it to find information on things to buy. And this is where companies are really turning a profit.
Everyone’s found themselves curious about where to buy something. A good example is going to an acquaintance’s home. We might see something interesting but not want to ask too much about their purchasing habits. And even if we do, they often won’t remember where they were able to find it. Finding an exact match for the item can be all but impossible under normal circumstances. But visual searches done by computers can bypass all of the issues.
If a company and its app use visual search, everything can change. Say that while you’re at the home of those acquaintances you see a pair of shoes that you really like. If a store which sells shoes has visual search in their app, it’s an easy process to track down the pair. All you’d have to do is take a picture of the shoes and the app would be able to find it within the store and offer you a nice and easy way to buy them. It helps both consumers and the people making the sales.
However, it’s an incredibly difficult technology to develop. Instead of starting from scratch people licence it from the experts in the field. Slyce, for example, is especially notable for successfully integrating the commercial and technical aspects within a single visual search app. They are, of course, putting a heavy emphasis on pushing the technology forward. But they also have a great track record with the actual implementation of those technologies within their client’s applications.
Several major names in the technology and health industries are coming together to create a host of apps medical providers could offer to patients. The companies working together include former rivals IBM and Apple along with Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic Inc. IBM will produce and design the programs and the other companies will focus on selling the apps.
Sure, these companies are going to make a lot of money if the apps are successful but the patients are the ones who end up profiting the most. Successful apps could lead to significant improvements in medical care.
Ultimately, the goal is to streamline health-care software and analytic programs to create a variety of helpful apps stated healthcare advocate Dan Newlin (more news at superlawyers.com). What are these apps going to do? Well, there are surely going to be a huge number of them released on the market. Therefore, the functions are going to be quite varied. Again, this is a good thing because numerous patients can then use the apps for a host of unique purposes.
The announcement of these forthcoming apps really does show how our culture has changed over the past several generations. At one time, people would have never put faith in “gadgets” when it comes to health-care. Today, apps and software are among the first things we reach for because we now have great faith in their value.
Hopefully, the produced apps will have the ability to deliver on all expectations.
HTC wants you to keep your One M9 for life. The company has announced a new plan that allows you to trade in the Android phone if it breaks, or even if you decide you’d rather use the phone on another carrier that your current device doesn’t support. The program is called “Uh oh Advantage” and works similar to phone insurance you might buy with another phone, expect in the case of the HTC M9 the insurance is free.
With the Uh Oh Protection you can score one replacement handset for free, no matter what you did to it that made it need to be replaced. For instance, an accidental dunk in the toilet would be covered under the plan. If you decide to stay on the same carrier and don’t have any mishaps, then you can trade your insurance in after a year for $100 off the next HTC One phone. Folks at Anastasia Date (Sitejabber.com) understand that the hope behind the idea is that customers will enjoy their smartphone so much that they’ll use if for a year and be excited to get the upgrade when it comes out, especially if they’re scoring a $100 upgrade. It’s a smart move for HTC, who is struggling to hold on to the same market share as other Android smartphone makers like Samsung and LG.
If you’ve recently purchased a Lenovo computer, you might have adware installed onto your computer. Known as Superfish, the electronics giant was recently discovered installing this adware onto their own computers. Yes, when you take that brand new beauty out of the box you are getting a bonus that you didn’t anticipate –nor do you want.
Superfish is a software program that places third-party ads on their Google searches. This is done without prior permission from the user. Superfish does not affect the Mozilla Firefox browser, since it uses its own. However, experts from Valia Investments
have confirmed that both Google Chrome and Internet Explore were affected.
In January, Mark Hopkins
, Lenovo community administrator, released a statement alerting individuals of the removal of the adware from all current systems. Hopkins report this move was made after many consumer complaints were noted. Even still, Hopkins said that the adware program actually benefited the user, and stuck by the brand’s decision to use the software. Furthermore, Hopkins alerted the public to the fact that they can disable the software by refusing to agree to the terms and conditions when first setting up their laptop.
Many users report that the adware installs itself onto the computer using a self-signed certificate. This type of certificate allows the program to potentially spy on secure connections. When identified by antivirus products, it is deemed adware and advised that it should be removed.
Either way, the technique that Lenovo has used is scrupulous to say the least. It is called the man-in-the-middle attack, and Lenovo allowed it to happen. It is unknown at this time exactly how many people have been affected.
Direct sales partners and marketing experts for hire aren’t hard to find. With the industry booming and the art of sales and marketing becoming more complex, and even more necessary, there is an ocean of “experts” ready to sell their services to further your business vision. However, not all of these resources are able to deliver on that promise and even less are concerned about long term projection.
On the road to achieving a huge amount of sales for a product or service you believe in, you will be tempted to employ independent sales representatives on your own. However, this is only one pillar of what sales really means and, more importantly, what it produces for your brand. Getting money for your idea is not a difficult task, but getting massive exposure for your brand is the most important part of getting and keeping consistent and loyal customers. Establishing yourself in a network of consumers gives you a direct dialogue with the customers you desire and presents you with a window into the mind and behavior of the buyer.
This begs the question that all companies ask: How do I create a team of marketing and sales experts that will extend my influence far beyond the market I’m currently selling in.
The answer: Qnet.
Qnet has made revolutionary move. They have created an online shopping and business community that brings your product to those interested in shopping for it. They represent huge companies and provide step by step support in the area of bringing your product and service world wide. Qnet, the direct sales partners to end the search for that elusive and dreadfully connected sales team, promises to deliver a global reach and a local presence.
The unique quality that Qnet possesses is found in the passion and professionalism that is hard to come by in their industry. The ability to create a network of the most talented and determined marketing, design, and sales professionals has made this empire an invaluable resource. The innovative power that the Qnet network provides is entirely unmatched and they noticeably take pride in the advances they have made.
Bringing your brand into the spot light and immersing yourself in a network of consumers and business just like yours is the key to success. Qnet can give you this opportunity. Plus QNET has stepped out into the mobile realm, with full iPhone support.
Biotech entreprenuer and Ph.d. holder, Mark Ahn is impacting the globe by touting trends he believes are innovative and needed technical advancements, according to a press release from PR Newswire. Ahn has lead large and small biopharmaceutical companies, as well posts in academia. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles. Ahn is currently a founding principal of Pukana Partners, a strategy consulting firm for life science companies. Ahn has given three trends in technology that will make a global impact.
Caring Comes First
Ahn believes that at the core of entrepreneurship is caring and being able to meet the unmet need, not just at the local level, but globally. Ahn believes that any problem can be solved with caring, large or small. The timeless values of caring and values are at the core of many business strategies.
New Approaches To Old Problems
Using today’s technology to solve age old problems, such as water utilization, leads to new solutions. Smart technology offers solutions previous unavailable, allowing us to look at agriculture and climate change from different perspectives. New technology can be used to solve problems like global warming and to help create drought tolerant crops.
Don’t Underestimate the Little Guy
Big ideas can come in small packages. Small companies have been known for coming up with big ideas. Remember that Apple started as a couple of guys working in a garage, hoping to change the world.
To read the entire press release, follow this link.
The daily trip to and from work is not something that a lot of people look forward to. Plus, trips around town can often result in long waits at traffic lights. Stop and go traffic is pretty common on trips until a highway or other wide open type of road is accessed. However, what if all those traffic lights hanging over the road directing traffic were to suddenly disappear replaced with an indicator on the windshield of a car?
Apparently, the virtual traffic lights actually improve the flow of traffic thanks to a complicated array of sensors, mapping, and on the fly analysis. According to CNN,
the technology is being researched
at Carnegie Mellon University, and the study claims that commute times can be cut as much as forty percent. Plus, all that saved time means less carbon emissions from vehicles being on the road in the first place which will make any green lover happy like Marc Sparks. The system works by sending signals to a windshield display that alerts drivers which direction is safe for travel.
While it will still be years before the equipment is ready for a mass rollout and general use, the idea of changing the entire driving infrastructure is an intriguing one. Clearly, the new technology would take some getting used to, but if it indeed is better for people and the environment, the university is at the front of what could be a game changing string of events.
It will probably one of the first statements when Google sets it free sometime in 2015. Mom will be driving the kids to school and one of the children will say, “Look Mom, no driver!”
Google has unleashed a fully functional car that doesn’t need a driver. Yes, you probably saw the beta version back in May, but it didn’t even have headlights. It was a joke compared to what is about to hit the streets of Silicone Valley.
Just a few more tests have to be performed on Google’s test track. This is done with “safe drivers” who can take over control of the car in case of any problems. It seems there have been very few problems, and soon Google will remove the “safe driver,” the steering wheel, and all other manual controls.
This car will run on software and sensors. Many say it will be safer than the majority of drivers on California’s roadways. Who wants to be Google’s first passenger?
I can now drink Antique Wine Company while Google’s car drives me around safely!