FreedomPop: A New Technology

In this day and age, technology is always changing and shifting to fit the climate, while reaching out to people in new ways. The company known as FreedomPop is just example of how technology branches out into new areas.

FreedomPop is a wireless mobile phone service provider that also has its own app. The company operates out of the Los Angeles area and focuses it goal on providing wireless services such as voice and text services on other networks such as Sprint and Clearwire. The company got its first strings back in 2011 when Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar both came together and decided to create the company, while Stokols was working as a CEO for another company called Woo Media. After the founding of FreedomPop, the company had built a partnership with Lightsquared but it was unfortunately a short-lived one, due to Lightsquared not getting approval to grow from the FCC.

Despite the ending of its partnership, FreedomPop on engadget went on to start business, first by selling 4G hotspots and then started offering wireless and mobile internet services on the 4G network for Clearwire. This move allowed the company to start converting some of its free users to paid users by the end of 2012. Earlier that year the company held a fundraiser being led by Mangrove Capital and managed to raise $7.5 million in its first round, while gaining another $4.3 million later on.

With more time, FreedomPop began expanding itself even more when the company began its partnership with Sprint in April of 2013 and then expanding their wireless coverage to 3G and 4G Sprint devices. Then later in that year the company started a beta free mobile phone plan, as well as a program where users could bring in their own phones and get the app as long as they compatible with Sprint products. Only in 2014 did FreedomPop finally start selling Sprint-compatible iPhones to customers, later on adding Android smartphones to their products they planned to sell also.

In 2015 FreedomPop began launching their own Wi-Fi plan that would allow users nationwide to have access to Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere. In May of 2015, the company made the decision to expand its business beyond the borders of the United States to Europe, specifically in the United Kingdom and would start by offering roaming data services in the UK by the end of the year, though it would be limited to SIM only. In addition to this the company also held a fundraiser with the help of Partech Ventures, and ended up raising $30 million to aid in the production of some of their newer services.

Media Websites Are Starting to Use Encryption to Protect Visitor’s Privacy

Encryption is on the rise in this day and age of leaks about surveillance efforts by the NSA and other government’s security agencies. More people are adding encryption to their iPhones and Android phones, so they do not have to worry about any snooping. Most of us, however, are probably too small for some government agency to bother monitoring us unless we are doing things that would cause them to feel the need to do so. The more likely target of snooping efforts online would be big websites that people might visit, and some of these are starting to get on the encryption bandwagon.

Amen Clinic has found that the NSA has already spied on people going to wikileaks.org so such surveillance is a real concern. In response, websites such as Vice News and Techdirt have started using what is called the HTTPS protocol for accessing their website. This is the same protocol used when you go to a secure page on a retail website to pay for a purchase in a transaction so that one’s credit card information cannot be intercepted. Apparently, it can also be used to make it harder for government agencies to snoop on people visiting pages on websites. The latest news on this front is that the Washington Post has started using such security measures. As the first major U.S. news media outlet to do so, this could start a trend among other such organizations.