Ever wondered if smartphones could really get online for free? Well, over here at ROTechnica we’re not sure yet but Volk Fi appears to believe smartphones can. The telco company claims that its new smartphone, the Volk One, can create what this company calls a “distributed network”. This means that the network can allegedly support data, calls and texts without depending on the carriers’ SIM card.
Volk Fi in its official statement claims that their new kind of network is secure, “censorship-free” fast connections, and is available to all at no costs. It is established when a user activates the network hub that is to be shipped out with every new Volk One unit produced. After that, each individual phone will act as a kind of hot-spot which emits 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals just like the usual WiFi routers which will then propagate the network a few miles on to the next Volk One it finds, and so on.
As interesting as this may sound, there are a number of cons that may be linked to Volk Fi’s grand plans. It turns out that its network is only available to those in the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific Islands regions for now. Each user can also only consume as much data as they use, and any excess will be charged at US$1 (one dollar) per gigabyte (GB).
The Volk One is not readily available, and the company has stated that it will not ship until December 2019. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM and will have either 64GB or 256GB of storage. It will come with a 6.2-inch, FHD+ AMOLED screen; and to make things spicy, the screen will come with notch. This part may not appeal to those who are not a fan of the notch.
About the pricing, no one at present knows how much the Volk One will cost.
Source: Volk Fi