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FreedomPop Offers $99 4G Hotspot Built Into iPhone Case

FreedompopWith the launch of the new iPad, equipped with 4G LTE cellular data, it seems likely that the next iPhone will be similarly supplied. Until then, a new startup called FreedomPop is rolling out a new iPhone case/sled that includes a Wi-Fi hotspot powered by the Clearwire 4G network.

FreedomPop, being backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, is offering the $99 device with 500MB of free data use each month, and should ship by the end of the summer. All Things D reports that the company is hoping to act as an alternative to throttled data services provided by native carriers.
"The timing couldn’t be better for our product," said FreedomPop VP of Product Mauricio Sastre in a statement. "Carriers are throttling data and increasing prices and users are desperate for affordable alternatives. As the mobile industry flexes its joint oligopolistic power, we want to ensure that we are keeping them honest."

The FreedomPop 4G iPhone Sleeve can be preordered from the company's website.

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Posted: 26 months ago
This seems to good to be true. $100 one time payment for a device that can give me 500MB of 4G speeds every month for free and create personal hotspots for my wifi only devices?

Or am I missing something? Because if it is true, I'm all over it.
Rating: 10 Positives
Posted: 26 months ago
So they're rallying against the “oligopolistic power” of the carriers? So where do they get their data stream? Do they magic it from the sky?

Also be wary of any new free services. Often when something is free, YOU are the product being sold. I haven't read up on this but those considering it would be well advised to do so. Look no further than Google or Facebook.
Rating: 10 Positives
Posted: 26 months ago
Dear Mr. AT&T CEO,
:rolleyes:. Even if those guys charge $10 for 5GB/mo later.

Yours sincerely.
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 26 months ago

This seems to good to be true. $100 one time payment for a device that can give me 500MB of 4G speeds every month for free and create personal hotspots for my wifi only devices?

Or am I missing something? Because if it is true, I'm all over it.


This is similar to what NetZero is doing with Clearwire. One time device payment for free access, but only a small amount of data. They are hoping that users will upgrade to a paid plan once they realize how inadequate the free account is.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 26 months ago
"FreedomPop - Free Access for All". Not really, you're charging 100 dollars for it.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 25 months ago
Read their ToS. They will skim all your info, get access to all your social networking sites and other personal information.

Your information might be sent to 3rd parties for:

Email, telemarketing, SMS, etc.

http://www.freedompop.com/privacy.htm

Not a good deal at all for giving up all your information.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 26 months ago
I want one, now.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 25 months ago

Read their ToS. They will skim all your info, get access to all your social networking sites and other personal information.

Your information might be sent to 3rd parties for:

Email, telemarketing, SMS, etc.

http://www.freedompop.com/privacy.htm

Not a good deal at all for giving up all your information.


VPN + Proxy for the win!

Still really sketchy of them though.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 25 months ago

Um....because it's expensive? ($100 is still $100)
But if money is no object for you (since you're comment implies you consider it like an impulse item), how about sending a few Benjamins my way? :rolleyes:


Why would someone send money to you instead of buying, say a couple more of these? ;)
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 26 months ago
The video in this post presents itself as a third-party review. The announcer says he "thinks" this is not available to the public yet and he "feels privileged" to be checking it out. At the end of the video, he says it seems pretty cool and he "thinks" he is a fan...

This is the very same video posted as a demonstration on FreedomPop's own website for pre-orders.

It seems very strange to me that they wouldn't have their own promotional video for this amazing new product, and they are instead apparently relying on some random guy's video review of it, presented as unbiased testimonial.

Equally troubling is the fact that there was a hard cut in between showing he was connected to the FreedomPop Wi-Fi signal, and then showing the speed test. How do we know he was still on the FreedomPop Wi-Fi network? There is no reason he couldn't have immediately launched the speed test app from the phone without an edit in the video.

Caveat Emptor?
Rating: 3 Positives

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