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FreedomPop Offers LTE Service Via New Hotspot
by Karl Bode 04:38PM Tuesday Aug 06 2013 Tipped by iansltx See Profile
As the company promised, FreedomPop this week started offering users access to Sprint's LTE network under their existing pricing model, which provides users with 500 MB of free data before charging users for 2 ($18) or 4 GB ($29) data buckets (extra data is $0.01 / MB). To get on the LTE network with FreedomPop, you'll need to use the company's new mobile hotspot, the $150 FreedomSpot 5580 (aka the Sprint MiFi 500 LTE) which should net you average LTE speeds of between 6 to 8 Mbps according to the company's press release. You're of course limited to the (portions of) 151 markets where Sprint currently offers LTE service, otherwise you'll still be using WiMax.

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jgkolt
Premium
join:2004-02-21
Avon, OH

sprint lte

Can you purchase a Sprint MiFi 500 LTE to use on their network? Or must it be purchased from FreedomPop. Either way it is great news!
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: sprint lte

Has to be bought from FreedomPop directly. So you can't use the "free no-contract MiFi" Wirefly loophole from a couple weeks back.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
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1 recommendation

Corrections + additions

1. The MiFi can't do WiMAX. LTE or 3G. Free data is limited to LTE.

2. The MiFi is made by Novatel. Sprint's other tri-band hotspot is the Netgear Zing.

3. Speaking of tri-band, that's probably the most exciting part about this device: it supports both of Sprint's new LTE bands. That means that ex-Nextel SMR spectrum will allow better coverage (in addition to hotspots having more powerful radios than phones). And ex-Clearwire BRS/EBS (with TD-LTE) will allow for higher capacity where available (which will eventually be pretty much every tower Sprint has service on, plus plenty more to fill in the gaps created by the higher-band spectrum). The latter is already deployed in Denver (where it actually has a lot more coverage than the "band 25" LTE that current Sprint phones can pick up), Chicago, LA and a handful of other markets.

4. If you don't add auto-topup, and don't have a prepaid overage balance in your account, the free package effectively gives you 400MB of data, with no overage penalty possible. Adding 3G to the mix costs $4/mo. Or you can get 2GB/mo for $20...they're giving 1GB of non-expiration-limited data away when you sign up for the free trial of that plan. Then prices go up from there, though you can complete offers (some of them free) and get a little extra data at no charge. Overages on the low-end plans are 1.5¢/MB.
clocks11

join:2002-05-06
00000

Phone

I'm looking forward to testing the upcoming phone service.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
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Bought it!

I had a few issues with FreedomPop's website, but I was finally able to successfully buy the hotspot. $156 including shipping, less than I paid off-contract for my T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, which is now retired as I use my Nexus 4 as a hotspot.

I decided to go ahead and try the 2GB data plan, which is $19.99/mo after the one-month free trial. In exchange, FreedomPop tacked on another gig of data, which doesn't expire at the end of the month. Plus, I got another 200MB (non-expiring) for installing their Android app, which includes links to various offers that will net you more free data if you take advantage of them. I probably won't use that functionality much, but it's kind of cool anyway.

I'll post somewhere, probably S4GRU, when I get my MiFi. Now I'll know when my area gets TD-LTE
dplantz

join:2000-08-02
Roslindale, MA

Re: Bought it!

I have the older hotspot. Can I just login and order this? This is perfect to supplement my Att LTE service.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: Bought it!

I had problems when I tried. If you can't, try with a different email (or tack +fp onto your GMail address if that's how you roll) and it'll work.
josephf

join:2009-04-26
You need to order it as a separate account. One device per account. Use a new email address.

geeknik

join:2000-04-30
Luther, OK
They said on Twitter earlier today:

"Users w/ devices on deposit or within 30 days of purchase will be able to swap. Full details of the Swap will be announced soon."

Not sure what the first part means, but maybe you can talk to their support people and see if they'll let you swap/upgrade/etc.
pkorx8

join:2003-06-19
San Francisco, CA

careful with freedompop

Freedompop has a bunch of fine print charges.

I'm on the “free“ 500mb plan, but my account is stopped at 400mb because I did not turn on the “auto top off“ option when account is below $2. The lowest top off amount is $10.
So this is not exactly free.

That said, it still one of the best option to get cheap data if you are in wimax or sprint LTE area.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: careful with freedompop

Sounds like it's still free. You just get less for free than you'd think.
patt2k

join:2009-01-16
kudos:1

hm

is this service worth for you guys at all? isn't it better to tether from your phone? data allowance on freedom pop is crap either way.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: hm

One advantage here is that the new MiFi has a couple of Sprint LTE bands that aren't available in phones quite yet.

Also, you can't universally tether an unrooted phone on any carrier on any plan.
applerule

join:2012-12-23
Mars Hill, NC
kudos:1
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Purchase discounted plans?

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What are these discounted plans you can purchase in addition to the premium/pro plans? I chose the 2gb premium and hit next (just looking to see what all the charges would be), and got this page (screenshot below). Says you can "purchase discounted plans before going over monthly plan limits".

This is what I wound up with when I threw it all in the cart:

Shopping Cart:

Premium 2GB (4G/3G) Data Plan Trial FREE
Freedom Spot - 4G/3G MiFi $34.99
1GB of Bonus Data ($20 Value) FREE
FreedomPop Usage Alerts $1.99
Roll over my unused data every month 3.99
Subtotal $40.97
Estimated 28787 Tax update $0.00
Shipping: Standard 1 to 2 weeks $6.99
First Month Service $5.98
Due Today $47.96
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
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·Verizon Online DSL

Re: Purchase discounted plans?

First off, you've got the wrong hotspot. You want the $150 one; the one in your cart only supports WiMAX.

Second, you don't need usage alerts; just use the Android or iOS app to watch your usage. Also, you don't need to pay the rollover fee; your data would expire, sure, but $4 per month can pay for over 250MB of overage data (or 400MB on a higher-end plan like the 2GB one).
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
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More Pricing Info

Per the FreedomPop rep that I've been emailing with, here are the plans for the LTE hotspot:

-4G LTE Only-
500MB - FREE

-4G LTE with 3G Fallback-
500MBs $3.99/mo
2GBs $19.99/mo
3GBs $28.99/mo
4GBs $34.99/mo
5GBs $39.99/mo
10GBs $89.99/mo

So the cheapest cost per GB (discounting the 500MB plans) is $8, at 5GB. Above that, you might as well just pay overages (1¢/MB). At that price point FreedomPop is a better deal than T-Mobile ($40 for 4.5GB) unless you're adding a line on T-Mobile. That's ignoring device costs on T-Mobile. And a bit less than Verizon or AT&T, though you have to pay for the device (but no contract!).
applerule

join:2012-12-23
Mars Hill, NC
kudos:1

Re: More Pricing Info

Sounds like wirelessnwifi or Millenicom is still the way to go...
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
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Re: More Pricing Info

wirelessnwifi isn't available in non-WiMAX areas. And Millenicom is significantly more expensive up-front ($50 activation fee even if you bring your own device, plus the cost of the device), and is $70/mo.

If you're using LTE as a wireline replacement, sure. But for more casual users FreedomPop will cost them less.
applerule

join:2012-12-23
Mars Hill, NC
kudos:1
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·Millenicom

Re: More Pricing Info

True, I always think of it as a wireline replacement since that's all I have. I use 30-40gb/mo so this wouldn't be a viable option for me; although, you are correct it would be great for someone who needs very little data on the go and doesn't want to use their existing carrier (if they have one).

For an independent service, seems like a pretty good deal if you use very little data. For data hogs like me, wirelessnwifi or Millenicom is definitely a better option. I thought people were using U770s on WirelessNWifi's service now with LTE, but maybe I'm wrong on that.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
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·Verizon Online DSL

Re: More Pricing Info

I just took a glance at their site and saw the WiMax "pancake modem"...you likely know more about what they offer than I do.

To be clear, I have no bone to pick with MCom; my boss uses them to moderate success (he's out in the sticks so LTE is unfortunately a bit dodgy at the moment), and another friend is doing quite well with them (closer to a different tower, pulling 12+ Mbps down and 6+ up from what I've seen). It's just that needs very

In my case, I actually have Sprint as my main line, but of course my phone only has one LTE band on it. My guess is that Austin and the surrounding areas will get hit with TD-LTE sooner rather than later, and I want to put off my phone upgrade for as long as possible since I'm only 13 months into my contract. The MiFi will let me do that.

Of course, I might be a bit of a connectivity nut. Once I get the MiFi I'll have four LTE data devices (S III, MiFi, Nexus 4, iPad) across three carriers (Sprint, T-Mobile, VZW) in my laptop bag because shelling in and squashing bugs over a crappy connection isn't my cup of tea. And this is in addition to my top-of-the-line residential TWC connection at my apartment. Hey, every single one of those connections has paid for itself this month, I think.

batterup
I Can Not Tell A Lie.
Premium
join:2003-02-06
Netcong, NJ

$0.01 / MB

OMG, that is what Verizon charges for their unlimited 4G.
kmand

join:2002-05-06
Decatur, GA

LTE Map

I have the original Wimax Photon gotten when the $89 was a refundable deposit. I looked on the freedompop site for an LTE coverage map, but couldn't find one. I went to the Sprint site and looked at their map, which rated LTE fair and Wimax Best.

If those maps are accurate I guess LTE would be downgrade.

Also, didn't Freedompop at the very beginning say that LTE would be a free upgrade?
freedompop

join:2013-06-24

freedompop here to help

Hey everyone, we noticed you guys were pretty activate on this forum regarding our newly launched LTE devices. We just wanted to let you guys know that we'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Cheers!
altdel

join:2003-08-20
Danville, CA

Re: freedompop here to help

I placed my MiFi LTE hotspot order a week ago. No shipping notification yet. For those who ordered and received their device, how long was the wait? Thanks!

Phane

@charter.com

Re: freedompop here to help

I ordered mine on Aug 11th. Despite the fact that I was charged the day I ordered, the unit still hasn't shipped. Including the "ships in 2-3 days" that the website advertised at the time I ordered, they have missed 4 shipping deadlines so far and just gave me a 5th window of 2-3 weeks from now, which would bring me to 2 months of having to wait for a device that I've already paid for, even assuming they make this window (and I've seen no reason to believe that they will).

I told them to ship it now or cancel my order. This is beyond ridiculous and I'm worried at this point that I'm going to have to get my credit card company involved.
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MikeySoft

join:2013-09-23
Boston, MA

Re: freedompop here to help

I ordered the freedompop lte device back on august 6 when it first came out and they charged my credit card. It will soon be October and I still have not received it. Every time I contract them they say it will be shopped "soon" or in 5 to 7 days or before labor day which has come and gone. It will be nearly 2 months! I may just canceled my order.