Los Angeles-based FreedomPop said today it will give 100 free minutes of international calling each month to users of its smartphones or mobile Free Talk and Text apps.
FreedomPop is hoping to disrupt an international calling market estimated at $35 billion annually. The company says over 20 million Americans make international calls on smartphones each month, a number that jumps to 50 million if you include apps like Skype.
Those folks spend about $156 per month on average. With its new plan, FreedomPop says those consumers could save almost $1,000 each year.
Customers in the U.S. can use those minutes to call more than 30 countries, including Mexico, China, Brazil and India. The company hopes to expand that list to 100 countries in the coming weeks.
In addition, FreedomPop customers can sign up to get an international number for $8.99 per month so that people calling them from outside the U.S. will be only charged as if they are making local calls.
“FreedomPop’s mission has always been about ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, convenient, and essential communication services,” said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “Free international calling is the next step in giving consumers true freedom to connect with friends, family, and colleagues across the world.”