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Need a low use internet connection on the go?
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:36:49 AM »
Do you need an internet connection on the go that will be low use (no video streaming or other high data use)?  Check out http://www.freedompop.com  Plans start as low at FREE! They have two types of plans: for home and for travel.

The home plans have a box that allows Ethernet or wifi connections with rates ranging from free for 1GB/month to $15-$19 (depending on speed) for 10GB per month.  For an extra $2 per month they will notify you when you are reaching your data limit.

The travel/mobile plans have boxes that provide wifi hotspot only, and the plans range from $0 for 500MB to $29 for 4 GB/month.  For an extra $4 per month you can increase the speed by 50%.

Both require hardware purchase.  The home box with Ethernet ports is $89, the wifi only box is $39.

The catch - if you go over, there is a per MB charge. Do not let them do the $10 auto top up of your acct. and keep an eye on your useage.  And, it requires Sprint 4G availability to use the service.  They did have 3G/4G boxes available, but those are no longer showing on their site.

To avoid the extra $1 charge for home service and $4 for mobile, click the small text link below the big green button during the ordering process.



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Re: Need a low use internet connection on the go?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 05:43:46 AM »
oh, if you're considering the $29 4GB plan, you might want to look at Virgin's $35 unlimited 4G data plan.  http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband-plans/broadband-2-go/overview/  It too uses Sprint's 4G system. If on 3G it has a 2GB limit.


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Re: Need a low use internet connection on the go?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2013, 06:27:09 AM »
freedompop's 4G WiMax home router now shows a 1GB data plan for free each month.  It's $89+s/h up front for the device, but...

They are taking orders for refurbished 3G/4G portable units on a hidden page for $20.  The cheapest portable plans are 500MB 4G WiMax data for free or 500MB of 3G/4G data for $4 a month.  Hidden page is at: link

FreedomPop uses Sprint's 3G network and Sprint's 4G WiMax network.  They are not yet on Sprint's 4G LTE network (which is actually Clearwire, but is in process of being bought by Sprint - FCC ruling expected in 2 days).   

If you get a 4G only unit (such as the home router unit), you must connect to the 4G system every month or pay a 99cent fee.  There is a rumor that if you subscribe to one of their add-ons (data rollover, low data notification, etc), you don't have to pay the 99cent fee if you don't connect. 

If you go with a 3G/4G unit (such as the 3G/4G portable refurb. for $20) and want to switch to the 4G Only 500MB/month free plan, you must call in to make the switch.  And, you will face the "must use or pay 99cent" situation.   

FreedomPop also has where you can get free data added to your account a few different ways - referrals, adding other freedompop users to your freedompop friends list (that gets you 50MB per person per month, up to 500MB max every month), using their referral links to buy products (such as a godaddy domain if youre a new godaddy customer), installing their android app, and more.

The biggest drawbacks to them at the moment is the low amount of 4G coverage and 3-5 weeks to get your device.  Also, after they add the 4G LTE network (again, they're on Sprint's 4G WiMax) you will have to get a new device to access it.

In other news, coming soon to their lineup will be cellular phones  that use an app to make calls (so that it can go over the data rather than the voice frequencies).
« Last Edit: June 29, 2013, 06:36:27 AM by WayOutWest »

  

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