i-Free is a Russian innovation-minded company that has expanded around the CIS since 2001 and internationally, since 2006. i-Free is a specialist developer and implementer of innovation projects in mobile and NFC technology, electronic finance, digital content distribution, electronic payments and micropayments, apps for smartphones and new network devices, digital products for the B2C market, and B2B mobile marketing projects.
i-Free operates successfully outside Russia with offices in Kyiv (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Mumbai (India), Beijing (China) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). i-Free products and services are now available in more than 100 countries. i-Free grossed over RUR3 billion (close to US $200 mln) in sales in 2011.
i-Free is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has an office in Moscow.
i-Free partners with the leading cellular operators in Russia and the CIS, with global mobile equipment vendors, banks, transnational brands and trademarks, major media holdings, publishers and Internet resources.
As its strategy priorities, i-Free emphasizes commitment to the public market, deep trend analysis and aggressive investing in innovation.
The company actively reaches out to potential partners and co-investors, in order to secure their support in advancing highly promising innovation ideas. With this objective in mind, i-Free in November 2010 signed a partnership deal with the Russian Venture Company’s Seed Fund.
i-Free business focus:
NFC products and services. i-Free was among the pioneers of NFC-based services in the former Soviet Union. The company joined NFC Forum in 2010, which is an international association dedicated to promoting the market for NFC services worldwide. i-Free has by now amassed an impressive portfolio of NFC projects for many industries and for everyday life. Click here to learn more about the NFC technology and i-Free projects.
Mobile applications. Development and publishing of mobile applications for smartphones and pads is a strategic focus for i-Free. The company also produces third-party mobile applications and releases successful Russian applications internationally. Click here to learn more about i-Free mobile applications and related business.
Payment solutions. i-Free creates cutting-edge mobile payment solutions for business, such as a mobile vending module, which makes it possible to pay for purchases from a vending machine with one’s mobile phone. Click here to learn more about i-Free mobile payment solutions.
Mobile marketing. Mobile marketing includes mobile banking, mobile advertising, integrated media projects, mobile CRM, and SMS information services. Click here to learn more about these areas of business.
Mobile content and services. i-Free has led the Russian market in mobile content services since 2003, offering a broad range of cool mobile content: multimedia, music, graphics, videos, mobile games, etc. i-Free also develops and runs mobile social utilities, both branded and non-branded. Click here to learn more about i-Free mobile content and services for the mass market.