Free Data Plan Approaches One Million U.S. Users

The use of 4G LTE cellular data has become a way of life for people who want to experience the internet in quicker, more efficient ways. Whether at home, in the office, or in a mobile hotspot, users can access high speed 4G LTE with Wi-Fi. High speed internet has become a necessity in both business and personal lives as more people stream videos, download movies, and upload pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and other programs.

What is 4G LTE?
4G LTE, provided by the four major national carriers, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint, make internet surfing the fastest available today. 4G is the fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks. LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is the technical process for high-speed data for phones, tablets, and notebooks.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile claim to have “the nation’s largest 4G network;” Verizon Wireless says it is the fastest. Sprint claims to have the first 4G network. Whatever the carrier, 4G LTE promises to have the speed to download more pictures, stream movies, and video chat at home, or office, or on-the-go. Cellular modems and Wi-Fi hotspots can connect anywhere on any other device that is Wi-Fi enabled. But all this speed and data comes with a cost, depending on the user’s internet needs.

Free Data Plan Arrival
Data plans can start out as low as $30 and stretch into the hundreds. But now, there is a free option. FreedomPop guarantees free mobile service with 4G LTE high speed on all your devices. Working with Sprint, it comes with 200 minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB of data. If you go over the limit, a cost of one cent per minute or 2.5 cents per MB is charged. For those who want more data, there is an “Unlimited Everything” plan for a mere $20 a month—a bargain for any user.

Access to Hotspots

Stephen Stokols, the CEO and co-founder of FreedomPop, says mobile users consume 90% of data by Wi-Fi, rather than a cellular data plan. Therefore, they have added a WiFi service for unlimited use and automatic sign-on to 10 million hotspots for only $5.00 a month. The Wi-Fi service —a stand-alone product—can be used on multiple devices, and is available through FreedomPop’s Android app. An iPhone app is forthcoming; there are no plans for a Windows Phone app at this point.

FreedomPop: A Freemium Carrier

National carriers provide high speed service priced at a premium. FreedomPop, now approaching one million users in its third quarter this year, provides FREE service at a PREMIUM, i.e., “freemium,” meaning they offer their product for free to a large group of users and sell premium products to a smaller fraction of this user base. Although half of their users do not pay a dime, the other half receives value-added services for extra data, voicemail, or texts.

Hasbro Projected to be Tops in Toy Business

Hasbro is second best when it comes to toymakers, next is Skout,  but that is projected to change in the next few years. Mattel has had less than stellar sales for its world renowned Barbie doll, but Hasbro has deals with all of the hot movie franchises. Hasbro is making the toys for Jurassic Park, X-Men, and Marvel. Better than all of those franchise licenses is the fact that Hasbro will be making the toys for the new Star Wars films. A Yahoo finance article estimates that the Star Wars toys alone may make Hasbro three quarters of a billion dollars a year. Hasbro is expected to sell ten percent more next year than this year, and should overtake Mattel in about five years to become the biggest toy company. Hasbro will also be making toys of Disney princesses in 2016. Slowing sales for the Barbie doll and Hasbro’s great partnerships with these moneymaking franchises have the companies swap positions in the next few years, and that looks like good news for Hasbro’s stock value.

Kendrick Lamar Releases New Video for “Alright”

There was a time when people would release an album, and it would fail to be recognized for lots of singles. Since people are downloading albums on the web the single did not seem as important for rappers. Kendrick Lamar, however, sees the game a bit differently. Instead of holding back, he is putting videos out for a plethora of songs. The “Alright” single now has a video to go along with this song.

Lamar has 2 videos out and a 3rd video on the way reports Brian Torchin in this article. He is growing his fan base with multiple videos, and that seems to be the thing that has allowed him to keep a spotlight on his music. The “Alright” video was created as a black and white video. There are obscure scenes, but these are eye-catching all the same. There is a scene where officers are carrying a car as Kendrick sits inside and raps. There are also some scenes where other people with Kendrick are looking into the camera and spitting. It is the hardcore imagery and the honest raps of Lamar that reign through and make this a video that is worthy of viewing.

What Lamar has carved is an album that is getting more clarity through videos. The previous album was not at the same degree of mainstream content, and there were fewer videos. Kendrick has more money to express himself through videos this time.