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First FreedomPop phone coming in 2016

First FreedomPop phone is built using Intel parts
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The handset will use the low-cost Intel SoFIA platform and will use WiFi for voice calls and text messages each time that is possible.

According to a recent deal signed by FreedomPop and Intel, the budget carrier will bring its first smartphone to the US market next year. The first FreedomPop handset will use a low-cost platform made by Intel and will focus on using WiFi instead of mobile data whenever and wherever that is possible, even for basic tasks like voice calls and text messages.

FreedomPop is a mobile virtual network operator that buys wireless spectrum wholesale from Sprint that currently maintains almost 9 million hotspots across the United States. "Carriers spend billions of dollars building out the LTE network, but 90% of mobile downloads are over WiFi and 10% on cellular networks. Ultimately, the consumer is paying $50 to $120 for that 10% of the time they need that LTE data connection," says FreedomPop founder and CEO Stephen Stokols.

The company's first handset will use Intel SoFIA Atom x3 chips, which currently offer 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, as well as FM Radio. There is no LTE version available, but that should hit the market next year as well. There is no information about the screen size and resolution or other technical specs yet, but we will get back to the FreedomPop WiFi handset as soon as we hear something new.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-11- 4 (Update: 2015-11- 4)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.