4G Mobile Wireless Internet for Free now a Reality
Mobile broadband start-up Freedompop has just launched its beta program which promises 500mb of Free 4G wireless access per month. The company first hit the scene last year with a vision to provide a freemium wireless broadband offering. Access is provided through a USB wireless device, mobile hotspot device, or an ipod/iphone holster that will be released soon. The devices require a refundable security deposit.
Freedompop is launching the service with most major cities included in the beta program, providing a good start for the traveling consumer or those living in major metropolitans. The website provides the ability to check your location against their database to see if it is available in your area though devices can still be obtained if you travel and would like to be a part of the beta program.
The service offers 500mb of free 4G wireless data access at absolutely no cost but that doesn’t mean they do not want you to add on premium services. Freedompop is enticing users to upgrade their connection to a 2Gb plan for $17.99/mo, or a 4GB plan for $28.99/mo. Those that prefer the free option will have a number of ways to increase their available data through offers, clicks, and advertising interaction. Additional access will be provided to those that perform tasks.
Overages are calculated based on the tier of the service with the free option overages are calculated at .02/mb, which works out to $20.00/GB. The 2Gb and 4Gb options will run .01/mb making overages $10.00/GB. Freedompop is also offering additional services such as SpeedPlus, which claims to increase broadband speeds by up to 50% for an additional $2.99/mo.
The USB wireless device connects to PC’s or MAC’s and costs $49.99, where the wifi hotspot option will run $89.99 and allow connection to up to 8 devices. Both of these costs are completely refundable.
Overall the solution sounds like a good option for those in need of wireless broadband access on the go. Pay as you go makes it super simple and the overall signup process is easy. There are no long-term commitments and pricing appears to be somewhat better than solutions by the major carriers. The free service seems like a great option if you can watch your data consumption though that might prove to be more difficult than it seems.