Printed from http://www.electronista.com

FreedomPop plans app-specific data plans, sponsored data allowances

updated 07:36 am EDT, Tue June 24, 2014

Paid, sponsored cellular access for specific apps mulled by FreedomPop for Q3 launch

Sprint-based wireless provider FreedomPop could soon change the way it offers data allowances to its users, with an app-focused approach. A report claims the company is testing app-based data allowances, letting users pay for bandwidth for specific smartphone apps, on top of the current 500MB free cellular usage the carrier provides its customers each month.

TechCrunch claims the carrier is testing the service by offering an hour of unfettered Facebook access for $1, or $7 for an entire month. Access to the CNN app is also offered as a sponsored option in the trial, though this may change at launch. Sources state there will be at least three sponsored apps at launch, with options to pay for app data for the 50 most popular apps on the service. Options for unlimited voice calls or extra general data allowances will also be offered.



The mix between AT&T's Sponsored Data and an app-specific data plan could be beneficial to users, especially those having issues visualizing how much data 1GB really is. Such a scheme could also save users prone to data overage money, especially if they use relatively few apps.

It is believed the updated data offerings will go live in the third quarter.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fort ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News