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FreedomPop's Data Sharing System Arrives
Share Bandwidth Allowance on Facebook and Twitter
by Karl Bode 03:31PM Thursday Feb 07 2013
In late 2011 Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström announced FreedomPop, a new wireless carrier using the Clearwire network that is attempting to do something different by offering users 1 GB of free 4G data. From there, users gain discounts and additional data if they refer other new users, and the company ultimately promised to let users trade unused data allowances like currency. That bandwidth trading promise went live today.

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FreedomPop Chief Operations Officer Steven Sesor and CEO Stephen Stokolsis are making the media rounds to promote the launch of "FreedomShare" and the fact they've secured $4.3 million in new financing.

According to FreedomPop, the new program takes a page from existing family plans, but allows users to use both Facebook or Twitter to share and/or ask for bandwidth. Users also can add bandwidth to their back pocket by referring new users to the company.

FredomPop says they recently bumped the amount of free monthly data a user gets for referring each friend from 10 megabytes to 50. The company also launched a new residential fixed line broadband offering back in January.

Part of the company's disruption strategy has been to offer a WiMax compatible WiMax sleeve for the iPhone that allows users to bypass their carrier. Unfortunately, the sleeve remains stuck in approval purgatory at the FCC because its unique design requires a longer testing period. The company recently estimated that this delay had as of January cost FreedomPop and manufacturers an estimated $500,000.

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Eddy120876

join:2009-02-16
Bronx, NY

I like Freedompops idea

Now if they could offer their service all over the tri state area they will win more people over.

tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:4
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·Comcast

Re: I like Freedompops idea

Their site says they'll be on the sprint LTE network in 2013 (optimistic about sprint's build out, I guess) so it may have wider availability soon (er or later)
I can't see a reseller actually being cheaper in the long run, and offering bandwidth sharing service will probably add some fees.
Handy for those that NEED it, but probably not cheaper.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: I like Freedompops idea

The more MVNOs on that LTE network. the more it will become like the current 3g network.
zefie

join:2007-07-18
Hudson, NY

Nice idea but..

What is 10, or even 50mB on 4G? A speed test? 1 load of Facebook without adblock?

tshirt
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join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:4
Reviews:
·Comcast

Re: Nice idea but..

It MIGHT fit a special market.
The "home hub" comes with 1 gig free and plans up to 10 gig.
The person that only checks email, needs a temporary/semi-portable connection at a fixed location might prefer this to paying for an install of a hardline, or to have something when phone tethering isn't on budget.
It won't be a cheap solution unless you can spam a bunch of "friends" in to signing up EVERY month forever.
zefie

join:2007-07-18
Hudson, NY
Reviews:
·DSL EXTREME

Re: Nice idea but..

H20 offers $50 unlimited* WiMax. I can't really tell you if its any good because I live in an area that has no 4G at all, from any carrier.

I kinda wish we did because that's cheaper than my home connection...

*not sure if real unlimited or typical marketing buzzword

flanigan

@comcast.net

Perfect for my needs

I paired the Freedompop "Freedom Spot Photon" mobile hotspot device with a Cradlepoint dual WAN router and use the WiMAX connection as a failover when our Comcast goes down. We don't use a lot of data, but we run sales transactions, etc through the Internet so it has proven invaluable the few times we actually needed it. For extended outages we can simply purchase more data....so far I'm very satisfied with the FreedomPop service!