The Advantage of ConnectUs By Securus Technologies

ConnectUs is an innovation designed to facilitate high quotients of security and customization coupled with expediency. The idea is to give inmates a digital means of filing things like complaints and grievances which doesn’t tie up the whole institution in hours of paperwork. Because of budgetary restrictions, oftentimes correctional facilities end up not being able to jump on the technological cutting edge when it comes to operational provisions. As a result, antiquated filing methods persist well past their usefulness. This is a problem that persists in any big organization, though, and isn’t unique to correctional facilities. That said, implementing fixes for such problems can save thousands–even millions–in a relatively short period of time.

A given inmate will file, on average, 13.8 forms of the complaints/grievances variety every month. At only five minutes per form, that works out to an hour’s worth of time for each one every year. That means 13.8 hours per inmate per year are devoted to complaints and grievances forms. For a hundred inmates, that comes to 1,380 hours of lost time which could have been cut from the budget. Personnel can be shuffled around once such time is excised, and the budgetary savings can be applied to more lucrative rehabilitative efforts. At 1,380 hours a year calculated at $20 an hour (which is reasonable for most US institutions when benefits are factored in), that comes to $27,600 a year. If ConnectUs cuts that down to 1/20th of its regular cost–and ConnectUs portends to save much more time than that–this expense becomes only $1,380 a year, or a dollar per form. Imagine what a facility could do with an budget increase of $26,220 in a year. Imagine if the 2000+ correctional institutions and the 1.2 million prisoners Securus Technologies caters to every year could acquire ConnectUs. The savings are astronomical.

Freedompop the Answer to Expensive Cellular Services

FreedomPop also Mobile Virtual Networking is a cell phone and wireless service offering a substantial discount for wireless and phone services. Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar are the founders of this genius service in the United States and Europe. The idea behind Freedompop is to provide users with free text, voice, and data services. The idea was well received and financed by Mangrove Capital, Partech Ventures, DCM Capital, Axiata, and Atomico.

In 2012, Freedompop began with wireless services for the internet in the form of hotspots. Then in 2013, Sprint and Freedompop began to work together to provide 4G as well as previous 3G services too. As of November 2014 Freedompop has made leaps and bounds to provide customers with inexpensive costing smartphones and tablets, free data service, a voice and text plan, and 4G nationwide Wi-Fi plans. See the step by step details on FreedomPop’s wikipedia page.

Mobile users are very excited about the inexpensive alternative to text and voice services. During the holidays Freedompop began advertising their holiday specials and new free services. People that are having financial disabilities can still afford cell service or internet data services by purchasing their smart devices for a discount price through the company. The services for the first month are free. Samsung Galaxy and Motorola smartphone are available for less than $100. This discount allows users to save money.

This service will surely make a big impact on people that have the desire or need for a cell phone or tablet. Freedompop normally offers customers 500 texts, 500 minutes for calls, and 500 megabytes of data usage. The outstanding thing about this is they are offering this for free. Because of the fantastic deal in monthly services, this service is expanding to other areas. Axiata Group will be offering a free mobile service to millions to top their already 230 customers. The growth that is expected to be in the next 2 years will add increasing value to investors and savings to customers.

FreedomPop, The Possible Expansion From MVNO To Large Commercial Partnership

FreedomPop, which was introduced to the cellular market in 2012, is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or MVNO. An MVNO is a services provider for wireless communications in which it does not own the wireless network infrastructure that the MVNO provides services for its customers. FreedomPop took advantage of Black Friday opportunities to give potential new customers great deals on discounted mobile devices and free cell phone service. FreedomPop decided to act on the opportunity early and they offered deals to customers who were signing up for service through November 27, where they were able to buy a Motorola E smartphone for $40, when the original price was $230. They were also able to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone for $100, when the original price was $450. The devices offered are refurbished models, not the latest models, but buying these models would include support for LTE services, from Sprint’s domestic network, the infrastructure that FreedomPop represented.

The deals offered with these devices also included connection for a month of free unlimited voice calling, text messaging and one gigabyte of data. After the first free month of cell phone service and one gigabyte of data, customers would convert to FreedomPop’s standard free service of 500 megabytes of data, 500 text messages and 500 voice calling minutes. FreedomPop projected that it would gain one million new customers before the end of 2015.

FreedomPop is striving to expand its smartphone portfolio utilizing the significant amount of funding it received from Intel Capital earlier in November. They also plan to introduce the first Wi-Fi model cell phone using Intel’s Sofia platform in 2016. The Intel funding came shortly after the $10 million investment that they received during this last summer from telecom operator Axiata Group, which is accredited for serving 230 million customers from Asian countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. FreedomPop plans on using the technology, business model and recent funding in conjunction with Axiata’s network, knowledge and operational capabilities to have the opportunity to offer to millions of mobile customers, free service and simple cell plans.

FreedomPop states that the move changes its operational model from a simple wholesale relationship with Sprint in the US, to becoming a larger commercial partnership. The company is in negotiations with multiple major global carriers for commercial partnerships in other markets. In June, FreedomPop received $30 million of funding from Partech Ventures, a new investor, and previous investors DCM Capital and Mangrove Capital. FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols said that instead of a possible sale, which was considered previously, the decision was made to move forward with the newly obtained investment funding because of possible growth opportunities that it provided. But FreedomPop has not ruled out a potential sale in the future. He said that the company had received several mergers and acquisition offers but decided not to accept them because the decision to sell was too premature considering the funding that had recently come to the company and the possibility of larger expansion that could take place. They will look at the company’s direction again in 12 to 24 months, and make a decision about their selling options.

Skout Features On Top 10 Mobile Dating App Lists

Now in its fourth year the annual list of top 10 mobile dating apps assembled by relationships expert Julie Spira is always hotly anticipated to see which apps make the list by industry members and those looking for love Online. The latest list for 2015 has been revealed with a large amount of information about how the dating industry in the U.S. is changing. Seven percent of all smartphone users, roughly three percent of the population of the country, have reported using their phone for dating purposes.

The top spot on the list of top mobile dating apps has gone to tinder, but one of the original Online dating and social media apps is still in the top 10 and going strong for the future. Skout is generally seen as the Online dating app that changed the industry with its mixture of social media aspects and dating options, which are all based upon location instead of any form of matching software. Skout has been around since 2008 and has looked to move with the times to maintain its position as one of the top apps for younger people to use when looking for love.

Over the years a series of features have been introduced to make sure the members of Skout always have the best options in looking for a new relationship. Amongst these features is the shake option, which provides Skout members with a random profile to view when they shake their phone. Other improvements and changes made to the app include the development of a members area designed specifically for teens who want to take advantage of an app linking them with their peers in a similar location.

Skout has always been seen as a leader in the world of Online dating, but the ability of the developers of the app to keep it at the forefront of the industry for so many years. One of the reasons the app has maintained its position as one of the top options for singles to look for love is the fact it was the first to combine social media aspects to its service, which is based on a platform originally created as a social media app. As time has moved on in the Online dating world the many rivals of Skout have followed the lead of the app developer to create versions that create a social experience. A large number of Online dating apps that appear on the list have now been developed for more than simply dating purposes, and have instead become social networking sites. There are many options for those seeking a date through Online apps to research, which makes the annual top 10 list a must have for those seeking a new relationship.