FreedomPop, a user’s review:
I recently got a Bolt for free from www.freedompop.com. I did have to pay shipping, but I had double checked coverage and it seemed to “have me covered”…$15.99 isn’t too shabby when you are going to get atleast 500MBs for free. Another one of my friends had one too so, I did get to test it out. Pretty easy. Do have to disable my wifi as a customer service rep advised me to do before plugging it in. I also need to keep in mind that I have to downgrade before the end of the month, but that seems easy enough. So far so good, Doesn’t work too well as you can see in my bedroom, but the living room and kitchen get almost full bars. loving it so far…
FreedomPop, the latest project of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, aims to disrupt the industry by providing free mobile broadband. The company announced this week that it would be partnering with wireless broadband provider Clearwire for the upcoming service, which it plans to launch in 2012.
Clearwire currently offers a fast and reliable 4G mobile broadband network that covers over 130 million people in the U.S. FreedomPop claims to be building a “new wave telecom company” that aims to provide disruptive voice and internet services to all Americans. Their strategic relationship will help to form an innovative 4G mobile broadband service in the U.S that is free of charge. Tony Miller, FreedomPop’s vice president of marketing, said:
FreedomPop’s ultimate goal of providing our customers with a free mobile broadband alternative will soon be realized thanks to Clearwire’s proven 4G network services. This agreement enables FreedomPop to offer a disruptive retail service, providing free, flexible, high-speed internet access to millions of Americans.
When you think of basic human rights, access to wireless broadband Internet probably isn’t at the top of the list. But a new company backed by a Skype cofounder disagrees, and plans to bring free mobile broadband to the U.S. later this year under the slogan “The Internet is a right, not a privilege.”
Called FreedomPop, the service will give users roughly a gigabyte of free high-speed mobile Internet access per month on Clearwire’s WiMAX network and forthcoming LTE network. It will offer other low-cost prepaid plans that provide access to more data.
FreedomPop vice president of marketing Tony Miller gave few specific details about the company’s offerings and how it plans to make money—and won’t yet name executives or founders—but says he expects the service to roll out in the U.S. sometime between July and September and to eventually branch out to other countries as well.
FreedomPop’s arrival coincides with the rapid rise in smart-phone users and rollout of 4G networks as wireless carriers try to keep up with the growing demand for mobile data. The company is not the only one that sees an opportunity to launch a free 4G service: NetZero recently rolled out its own free and low-cost plans. But while NetZero offers 200 megabytes of free wireless data per month, FreedomPop will offer about five times that amount—more than most data users currently consume in a month.
Freedom pop is releasing a case that turns your iPod touch 4G into an iPhone for $99 (about £63), “I know I was thinking the same thing”, how does that work out then? You get 500mb for free then you can purchase Data $10(about £6) per 1Gb, Check the video out and see for yourself.
Rapid Review TV’s Review of FreedomPop’s Rocket. Too bad I don’t have an iPod.
It’s been nearly a year since a company called FreedomPop announced its intentions (through a cryptically ambitious press release, no less) that it planned to bring “free broadband” to data-hungry users nationwide. The early FreedomPop site didn’t inspire much confidence, but it wasn’t…
I signed up for the Freedompop beta about a week ago and I received my mobile Wi-Fi hotspot today. I was surprised at the quality of the packaging materials as well as the feel of the device as well. It turned on without a problem and came with very easy set-up instructions.
Lovely review, Packaging is great too!
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