Category Archives: Data Sharing

US Mobile Operator FreedomPop Expands to the UK

Originally posted on The Telegraph, the young four year company FreedomPop expands it’s revolutionary mobile services to the UK. Utilizing a venture capital, FreedomPop has begun it’s first phase of international expansion.

FreedomPop’s service has been making waves in the telecom business. Using completely unconventional methods their service is quickly catching popularity. After a one-time £7 setup fee, you have 200 minutes of call time, 200 text, and 200MB of data. There are several ways for subscribers to add more to their plan. The conventional way is to add an allowance by subscribing to a plan for about £4.99 and £16.99 a month. The unconventional way is allowing subscribers to complete third-party marketing surveys to add to their plan. The basic business model concept is to get subscribers in for free and allow them to obtain more call, text, and data through as many easy convenient ways.

FreedomPop’s UK headquarters will be located in London. The company has been rapidly expanding as of the past year. Recently they have added 600,000 people in the United States and expect to reach 1 million by the end of the year. The company is very confident that they will be able to achieve the same numbers in the UK within the next 12 to 18 months.

After their UK expansion, FreedomPop plans on taking on 5 more countries within the next 2 weeks.

Because of how fast this mobile operator is growing, many companies are starting to take notice. The Europe expansion was delayed at one point when Sprint was in talks with the company to buy them for about $450 million.

Americans Feel Helpless to Stop Their Personal Information From Being Collected and Shared

A report titled “The Trade Off Fallacy: How marketers are misrepresenting American consumers and opening them up to exploitation” explores the privacy concerns of everyday Americans when it comes to keeping our data secure.

Three authors from the University of Pennsylvania investigated how people felt in regards to their personal information being in the hands of so many companies due to data collecting and swapping programs that many modern businesses practice and Crystal Hunt summed up the findings.

The results showed that most people do not expect their personal data to remain private and feel helpless in preventing bulk data collection efforts. Even though most people did not want their information to be used without their knowledge, they also acknowledge that it happens all the time without being given a clear choice to opt-out.

It’s not hard to understand why many Americans feel this way. Every time we download an app, sign up for a service, or join a rewards program our information is put into a huge pool of data and after it’s there, it’s there. No wonder why Americans feel as though it is futile to change these data collection activities. Sadly, most people have just come to accept that we are living an age when big brother is always watching us, and there really isn’t much we can do about it if we want to be a functioning member of society.