FreedomPop, the budget carrier that offers genuinely free calls, texts and data, has revealed it is teaming up with Intel to launch a new phone in 2016.
The device promises to be a rather different proposition to your regular budget smartphone. FreedomPop says that instead of using cellular data as its main way of sending texts, making calls and checking the web, the handset will utilise Wi–Fi networks instead.
When Wi–Fi is not available, FreedomPop will fall back on mobile data to get the job done.
In the UK that means it’ll use towers provided by Three, which is the network on whose infrastructure FreedomPop’s service is based.
The phone will be based on Intel’s Sofia chips. The tech giant has invested in FreedomPop, allowing this new project to take place, and has taken a stake in the mobile network.
Intel has failed to land a punch on Qualcomm in the smartphone space and will be hoping this gambit can help it boost its standing outside the world of PCs.
At the time of writing there's no word about the phone’s specs, although FreedomPop and Intel have confirmed that the device will launch in 2016 in ‘multiple markets’.