Big national carriers may announce different promotions and deals that make their offer a little bit more attractive to customers. However, if you want to go really cheap, you should look somewhere else, at FreedomPop for example. This Sprint mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that kept costs at low level by selling refurbished devices announced today its own line of handsets and tablets. This way the wireless carrier puts price before hardware giving away 7-inch Liberty tablet for only $90.
FreedomPop Liberty Tablet
The FreedomPop Liberty device is something in between a smartphone and a tablet. It features a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor. There is just 512MB of RAM and internal storage is not too impressive either offering only 4GB for all the content. Luckily for those who need more storage, the device comes with microSD slot for memory expansion. The Liberty is also equipped with 4-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing snapper and a 2,400 mAh battery.
Even though some of FreedomPop’s devices include cellular connectivity and roam onto Sprint’s network, the Liberty unfortunately doesn’t. It relies solely on Wi-Fi network to make calls and send texts. Additionally, users who buy the Liberty tablet will get 200 voice minutes and 500 messages for free.
For obvious reasons, devices such as the Liberty are in no position to compete with the most popular brands but nevertheless can have a shot at certain sectors of the market. To make it easier to imagine, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols used car analogy comparing the company’s products to Kia, and popular flagship phones to a Mercedes. Those who can afford a Mercedes, won’t even look at a Kia, but then again, there are plenty of folks who would be more than happy to buy themselves a Kia.
The Liberty tablet certainly won’t win the market with it’s hardware, since by today’s standards it’s not even a mid-ranger, but it’s big, it’s cheap and will let you keep in touch with your friends and family and have some fun on the go. Later this month, the carrier will release an LTE version of the Liberty tablet for just $99 and in the “the coming months” an LTE Android phone for $89 will go on sale.