Free wireless service provider FreedomPop announced Tuesday it is partnering with Intel to launch a Wi-Fi-first smartphone next year.
According to a report from Forbes, the device will utilize Intel’s Sofia platform to allow users to take advantage of the growing network of Wi-Fi hotspots – including 8.8 million of FreedomPop’s own U.S. hotpsots – in addition to traditional cellular service. The device will also include compatibility for high quality VoIP calls and the ability to throttle or boost network speeds at the device level.
Intel’s general manager of Phones Sam Spangler and FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols have both said the Wi-Fi first device will help deliver a more cost-effective experience for consumers.
FreedomPop has said the device will be available in multiple markets in 2016, but has yet to release further launch details. The carrier has said it will handle all sales and distribution itself.
The news followed Intel Capital’s Tuesday announcement of over $22 million in new investment deals with 10 companies, including FreedomPop.