FreedomPop Gets a $10M Asian Infusion

Axiata Group makes a $10M investment in the 'freemium' MVNO.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

July 30, 2015

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FreedomPop Gets a $10M Asian Infusion

FreedomPop is looking Southeast with its latest round of funding. The startup has grabbed another $10 million, this time in a strategic investment from the Axiata Group, an Asian operator.

The Axiata Group is described as the largest operator in Southeast Asia. The carrier has more than 230 million users across Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

The investment and partnership will allow FreedomPop to expand its free phone service to millions of users in Asia, the startup says. "Axiata's investment comes with a major commercial partnership that will help take FreedomPop to a whole new level globally," said Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop founder and CEO in a statement.

The Los Angeles startup currently offers users in the US a guaranteed 500MB of data, 500 text messages, and 200 anytime voice minutes every month free. The company charges $10 a month for unlimited voice as well as additional charges for extra data and faster downloads.

FreedomPop said last year that it plans to expand into Europe as well. (See Eurobites: FreedomPop Heads to Europe.)

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The Los Angeles-based startup has now raised a total of $59.3 million in funding since it started in 2011. It operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) network in the US. (See FreedomPop Grabs $30M More in Funding.)

In June, CEO Stokols said that the firm had decided against several acquisition offers for the time being. The company will revisit its exit options again in a year or two, after its planned international growth spurt.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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