Popular technology and communication startup, FreedomPop, has recently announced its new global hotspot and SIM option that offers users free data usage across the globe. Customers in the U.S. and U.K. can purchase a hotspot for $49.99 (later to be upped to $99.99) or a SIM card for $10 that allows them to use up to 200mb of data free across more than 25 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Czech Republic. The company plans to grow this list of countries before the close of 2016, and will offer remote updates to early adopters. While the first 200mb of data are included in the cost of the device, additional data will cost the consumer $10 per 500mb.
This global expansion comes on the heels of about $109 million in financing being paid out to FreedomPop. COO and co-founder, Steven Sesar, says this cash infusion validates the company’s strategic capacity and will help FreedomPop’s vision of offering “a single seamless data connection” for users and will aid in their mission to help consumers “eliminate roaming costs no matter where they are.”