At the age of 9, Freddie Figgers’ father, Nathan, bought him an old non-working IBM personal computer at a local Goodwill Store. Figgers, in his attempt to fix it, took that computer apart five times. On the sixth time, he got it working. He was thrilled – and has since never looked back.
Now, the 27-year-old is founder and owner of Figgers Communication, a privately held company that provides cellular, mobile broadband, home phone and international calling services. He is one of the youngest African-Americans to receive an FCC license to operate a mobile company. In addition to owning his own telecommunications company, Figgers owns four patents with an additional two others pending.
Most recently, Figgers has developed a custom-designed cellular phone, the “Figgers F1”, that has gold trimming, high-definition display, dual SIM capability, multi-user capability, automatic anti-texting functionality and super-fast charging.
Figgers designed and manufactured the Figgers F1 in the USA for its 4G Voice over LTE Network, trying to capitalize off the $420 billion mobile phone industry. “I’m using all of my capital to learn and develop new ideas,” said Figgers who has self-funded his business from the start. “I’m reinvesting in this business.”
Figgers’ entrepreneurial savvy began as a teenager. At age 13, he started working for the city of Quincy as a computer technician and network administrator in its NetQuincy department, setting up the city’s network and helping residents. At 16, Freddie started his first company, Figgers Computers, repairing computers and installing wireless area networks. By age 18, he created a cloud-based hosting network and his own computer operating system.
Eager to launch his own mobile communications company, Freddie designed a VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol network – that transmits voice to and from the USA from more than 80 countries’ landline and mobile connections. He achieved another milestone in 2011, when the company received approval from the FCC to own a spectrum, leading to the construction of the company’s first cellular tower.
“I’ve had a pretty good life,” said Freddie, who was raised by his adoptive parents in Quincy, Florida, located just outside of Tallahassee. “My parents really supported me . . . I am continuing to be innovative because I know that’s how I can try to stay ahead of the competition.”