FreedomPop Offers WiMax Case for iPod Touch
Provides iPod Users With 500 MB of Free Data Per Month
Confirming a report from early June
by Light Reading's
Dan Jones, hopeful-wireless-upstart FreedomPop this week confirmed they'll be offering iPod Touch users a $99 case that will allow the device to connect to the FreedomPop (Clearwire) WiMax network. According to the company's website
, the $99 case will provide users with up to 500 MB of free data a month -- up to 1GB if they refer additional friends or participate in promotions.
Users who hit the cap then pay $10 per gigabyte. Created by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, FreedomPop originally planned to use the LightSquared network, but signed a network sharing arrangement with Clearwire back in February
. The company says their goal is to eventually become a "free social wireless broadband" company, though the company's on record stating their focused on targeting their services to the 18-25 set.
Disrupting standard operating procedure by (somewhat) bypassing the carriers is something many people (including Apple) have had ambitions toward, but none have traditionally succeeded. FreedomPop is just one of several wireless operators launching this year who hope to accomplish this using some form of free base connectivity option as a way to get their foot in the door.