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FreedomPop Launches New Public Beta
500 MB Free, Data Allotments to be Tradeable
by Karl Bode 09:16AM Monday Oct 01 2012
Wireless upstart FreedomPop has announced they've opened up a public beta for their new wireless service. Just about a year ago Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström announced the new service, which is trying something different by offering users 500 MB of free 4G data (powered by Clearwire). From there, users gain discounts if they refer other new users, and the company ultimately hopes to let users trade unused data allowances like currency. The company's also offering 1 GB of data for $10 a month, 5 GB for $35, and 10 GB for $60. Those $99 cases that turn the iPod Touch into a phone aren't part of this public beta and are still a few months out, notes Techcrunch.

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IllIlIlllIll
EliteData
Premium
join:2003-07-06
Hampton Bays, NY
kudos:7

bummer

not available at all for Nassau & Suffolk County, NY.
JazzJRabbit

join:2003-09-27
Wheaton, IL

500MB free for life or just during public beta?

I'm confused. Is the 500MB of data free for life (as long as the company exists) and you just pay extra if you go over 500MB, or is 500MB free for the duration of the public beta trial? The website says "Free Data - guaranteed 500MB FREE every month" which kind of implies that it's the former, but why would anyone do that? Does anyone know?
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: 500MB free for life or just during public beta?

They've always said it would be free. NetZero has been offering this for a while now though. So it's nothing new.
clocks11

join:2002-05-06
00000

Re: 500MB free for life or just during public beta?

Only difference is Netzero only gives 200meg vs 500meg.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: 500MB free for life or just during public beta?

Still free, but my point is it was offered before FreedomPop but was never covered.

Zero

join:2009-07-01
Collegeville, PA

Re: 500MB free for life or just during public beta?

said by hottboiinnc:

Still free, but my point is it was offered before FreedomPop but was never covered.

It was covered here:

»Netzero Offers Free Wireless
owahFai7co5e

join:2010-05-31
Cleveland, OH

Not impressed so far...

I attempted to purchase the hotspot device with the free 500MB plan. I got an error saying that my credit card information was invalid and couldn't continue on--although a FREEDOMPOP charge has now appeared on my credit card account. No response from support as of yet.

Is anyone else having troubles with their site?
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Not impressed so far...

I had the same issue the other day when ordering something from AT&T Mobility. Tried the order 4 times, got charged $4 but they can't do anything according to them. I'm thinking it is an issue in general with the ordering systems they all use.

davehomeless

@verizon.net
i had the same thing happen to me, said my card was not good but i have a charge for 93.99 pending on my CC account. Contacted using fill in form online, no response yet
kentor

join:2012-10-05
same thing happened to me. what gives? did you get your money back?
owahFai7co5e

join:2010-05-31
Cleveland, OH

Re: Not impressed so far...

I received the following response from FreedomPop:

quote:
The web site has been experiencing technical issues and we are working to have it fixed shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that your order will be personally taken care of. In the meantime we have looked into your account and escalated the issue. We will be in touch with you shortly.
I'm going to wait a bit before I dispute the CC charge. 400MB of free data is just too good of a deal to pass up...
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

NetZero's plans

»store.netzero.net/account/viewWi···ffers.do

burner50
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Three Blocks Away

from me...

damn...

lgkahn1

@icentrix.com

not working so well

after getting the service (b4 i got the modem) there is a little clause that they will charge you 2.00 whenever you come withing 100meg of your limit.. so the real limit is only 400 meg.. There is an option to turn it off. Which I did and suddently my account is disabled.. Hopefully just a bug.. if this is the case i will return the device and get my money back.. I want it to shut off when I go over.. not charge me.
JazzJRabbit

join:2003-09-27
Wheaton, IL

Re: not working so well

said by lgkahn1 :

after getting the service (b4 i got the modem) there is a little clause that they will charge you 2.00 whenever you come withing 100meg of your limit.. so the real limit is only 400 meg.. There is an option to turn it off. Which I did and suddently my account is disabled.. Hopefully just a bug.. if this is the case i will return the device and get my money back.. I want it to shut off when I go over.. not charge me.

Good catch. Contract clauses is precisely why I asked if 500MB is "for life". Apparently NetZero has a clause in the contract that the 200MB free "plan" is only valid for one year, after one year they start charging you. Do you know if there is anything similar in the freedompop contract?

a333
A hot cup of integrals please

join:2007-06-12
Rego Park, NY

BYOD?

Weird how none of these providers are leveraging a fairly large market of people who already have a device with embedded WiMax connectivity. I for example have a laptop with an Intel 6250 (dual-mode WiFi + WiMax device), but as far as I can tell, only Clear/Sprint allow you to activate your own device on their network, using their services. None of these startups are letting you just go on their site, register your MAC address, and sign up for the data limit you would like (heck, I would even be willing to pay a small initial activation fee if I could get a free bucket of 500 MB data per month on a laptop with embedded 4G).
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Re: BYOD?

said by a333:

Weird how none of these providers are leveraging a fairly large market of people who already have a device with embedded WiMax connectivity. I for example have a laptop with an Intel 6250 (dual-mode WiFi + WiMax device), but as far as I can tell, only Clear/Sprint allow you to activate your own device on their network, using their services. None of these startups are letting you just go on their site, register your MAC address, and sign up for the data limit you would like (heck, I would even be willing to pay a small initial activation fee if I could get a free bucket of 500 MB data per month on a laptop with embedded 4G).

I have yet to see any of these free providers show up on my Intel wimax Network scan. Just the normal ones. (Clear, comcast, time warner 4g, and some other ones)
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grysu

@comcast.net

site not working

Rejected my credit card, then got charged. Filled out online form. Quite a buggy launch, IMO.

jjacks

@microsoft.com

How to remove Speed Plus service

The sign up required me to have the "Speed Plus" service. I don't really want that, but I can't figure out how to get rid of the service. Does anyone know? If not, do you know how to get support help?
AstroBoy

join:2008-08-08
Parkville, MD

I got the WiFi thing, works great

I think they call it freedomspot, but it is a little thing that gives WiFi for up to 8 devices. Works great in Baltimore. No coverage if you leave the main roads. Got it as a toy, because I don't really have a need. However, would have been really handy on vacation (and during the drive), but no coverage within about 200 miles of where I vacation.

I used 279MB in 30 minutes. That’s an average of 155KB/sec. Better than my mom’s DSL which does 80KB/sec max. I was not using it 100% of that time. So the speed must be much better than 155KB/sec.

I read that they would be switching from Clear to Sprint in 2013. Sprint has better coverage, but none where I vacation.
AstroBoy

join:2008-08-08
Parkville, MD

Re: I got the WiFi thing, works great

I did a speed test. It gets 6mb down and 1mb up.