Looks like the era of sponsored data has begun. Syntonic, a provider of sponsored data and connected services, has just announced that they will give away free data on their Freeway service which features both free and premium mobile content. By downloading the Freeway app on an Apple or Samsung device, users can stream all the free content on Freeway without incurring any data charges. Users can also pay for the premium content it offers, but connection charges remain free.
Syntonic said that its new service is powered by the company's Connected Service Platform, a cloud-based content delivery and access system. According to Syntonic, its administrative portal enables sponsors to update their content, change offers, evaluate data usage and manage their sponsorship while reaching their target audience and delivering their messages.
With sponsored content now a reality, players in this space will be exploring on how free data can be leveraged to drive the takeup of premium content and deliver digital services including mobile advertising, mobile commerce and location based services. Syntonic has already signed-up Expedia.com, Expedia's online travel site and the new movie Frank vs.God onto Freeway. As sponsors, their content (in this case the travel information from Expedia and movie trailer from Frank vs. God) can be accessed by mobile users on the Freeway App without them having to pay for the data charges.
Syntonic is already working with AT&T, making Freeway available for AT&T 4G mobile subscribers on the iOS and Android mobile devices. With AT&T kickstarting the partnerships with mobile operators, other service providers are expected to jump on the sponsored content bandwagon, capitalizing on the demand for free data while using the content provided by Freeway to pull in the crowds and deliver a host of other digital services.