LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today FreedomPop, the disruptive free wireless broadband internet company, and Sprint (NYSE: S), a leading provider of telecommunications services in the U.S., announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship that will expand FreedomPop's innovative and disruptive mobile broadband internet service in the U.S.
FreedomPop will now have access to Sprint's 4G LTE and WiMAX networks as well as its 3G network. "With the announcement of its new relationship with Sprint, FreedomPop's ambition to give every American free and fast internet access is now one step closer to reality." said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop's COO. The partnership with Sprint enables FreedomPop to possess a national footprint, offering free broadband to over 250 million Americans on the Sprint 3G, WiMAX and LTE, Networks.
FreedomPop will be one of the first customers to drive traffic on to Sprint's 4G LTE network in 2013. "At Sprint we believe that our Wholesale customers' success is our success. We deliver a suite of innovative solutions that are customizable to the needs of each company and we are thrilled to enable new and innovative business models," said Matt Carter, President, Sprint Global Wholesale & Emerging Solutions. "We believe FreedomPop delivers a truly unique and disruptive offering to the market and we look forward to their growth and success."
FreedomPop is the nation's first wireless Internet provider committed to delivering 100% FREE 3G and 4G mobile broadband Internet access, connecting consumer devices virtually anywhere at anytime. FreedomPop has joined with leading wholesale 4G WiMAX and 4G LTE mobile broadband networks to deliver the speed and flexibility of fast high speed Internet.
Sprint has plans to build out its 4G LTE network, which is coming soon, in 2012-13, largely covering 250 million Americans by the end of 2013. "We were impressed with Sprint's network evolution strategy and are excited at the prospect of offering our users faster speeds and greater coverage. Our relationship with Sprint will enable FreedomPop to compete directly with Verizon and AT&T, anytime, virtually anywhere and in any market," said Sesar.
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Founded in 2011, FreedomPop is building a new wave telecom company. Its aim is to provide disruptive internet services to all Americans and ensure that no one is left off the "connected grid." FreedomPop's initial service will launch in 2012. Visit www.FreedomPop.com for more information.
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