It is indisputable that smartphones have revolutionised our lives in the last decade by allowing us to take the internet in our pockets and purses wherever we go, yet the process of being able to use them is still an unpleasant experience. One of the most important aspects of being able to use your shiny new device is purchasing a data plan to access the internet. However, there is a stunning amount of unanimity in how unpleasant purchasing and using a mobile carrier’s services can be. Common complaints cover nearly all aspects of using a mobile service, from billing and setting up a line to complaints about data overages and carriers overcharging for data to not being able to use data you paid for if you want to use a hotspot to link up your laptop or tablet.
FreedomPop is a startup that, as the name suggests, aims to bring freedom from this arcane set of rules, regulations, and fees that the major carriers have created. Their innovative network is comprised of two components, which when combined create a great service available for just a few dollars a month, an order of magnitude lower than the services provided by the main competitors.
The first part of FreedomPop’s service is a nationwide WiFi network available in population centres, which users get unlimited use of for only $5 a month. This allows quick, low latency internet use that’s in many cases faster than any mobile data plan, and obviously much, much cheaper. A clever use of VoiP and related services allows users to call and text on WiFi as well.
The second part of FreedomPop’s network uses mobile data bought in wholesale quantities from the major carriers. Thanks to clever negotiations, FreedomPop able to resell this data to the consumer for much lower prices than even other MVNOs who are also in the business of reselling mobile services can afford. This one-two punch of amazingly cheap yet effective and reliable service means that if you’re looking to switch carriers, FreedomPop is undisputedly the best possible value for your money.
Recode reports that FreedomPop, a mobile carrier, has decided to remain independent instead of selling itself to another company. They then raised $30 million dollars from Partech Ventures, DCM Capital, Mangrove Capital, and an undisclosed investor to help them break into the European market. FreedomPop projects that they will be worth about four times as much as they are now in about a year.
They are planning on having their product retail in an undisclosed store soon, but are not sure how much that will improve their business. They are an online only retailer at this point. They give away a certain amount of product for free and charge when a customer exceeds the free amount or uses add on services. For example, they may allow a certain amount of talk-time for free, a certain number of texts, and some data for free, but anything used in excess of that amount will be billed for.
FreedomPop’s customer service is lacking, and so CEO Stephen Stokols stated that they will be stepping up that department as well. They are hiring more customer service representatives as well as upgrading their computer system in an effort to improve their customer service experience for consumers.
FreedomPop’s Recode article can be read here.
With the advancement of technology, comes new products that are unheard of. One product in particular that is currently offered is the product of image recognition. How this works is that one must take a picture of a product that is on the market. The product will then be connected to the mobile apps that are available to other app users with relevant information of this product.
This new piece of technology helps with the shopping process by providing relative information of any item being sold. For any user looking for products online, all you have to do is snap a shot of the product and apply it to the photo recognition technology. By doing so, this new app will give you similar products that are offered on other websites such as eBay. This new apps, thanks to Swedish researchers, has become fully functional to those looking to purchase products without having to leave the house.
As eCommerce increases, this new app has drastically changed the way people can shop. Any item that is desired can be purchased of found by using the photo recognition technology. One of the best sites to use for visual recognition is the Slyce website. This particular company is working with 6 of the top 20 retailers in North America.
Through image recognition, the Slyce app captures high quality photos that quickly register and show information. The accuracy in matching items through this app is unbelievable. What the Slyce company does is incorporate some of the world’s leading brands into the recognition app which in turn helps customers find the desired product quickly and efficiently. All a user of this product has to do is to snap a quick photo on their smartphone, and the product along with the information will quickly register.
The products offered by Slyce are some of the best product recognition apps offered. There are so many uses for this new product. One of the uses is for purchasing reasons. All one has to do is snap a photo of the product they are looking for and the product will register on the site. Another use of image recognition is for the visual relevancy engine. This attributes to products which are then used to provide similar results. Other uses of this product include being able to identify products through social media as well being able to digitally enable print materials and billboards within the mobile app.