The sheer volume of information and fun that mobile device users worldwide derive from the Internet often ignores—painfully—the fact that the increasingly habitual practice can be very expensive.
Wireless service provider FreedomPop today reportedly offered to solve this problem with an offering of 1GB worth of 4G WiMAX and LTE wireless data service free starting July and September.
Tech observer Tecca, as quoted by Yahoo News, reported that FreedomPop services opening this summer will work on a so-called “freemium” basis where certain features like the 1GB of data will be available absolutely free of charge. Customers who may go beyond the 1GB limit will pay a fee equivalent to about one cent per megabyte. Users can also pay for more data for their wireless and 4G needs in advance, with additional premiums, including sharing of some free data with other users.
The Tecca report said FreedomPop would provide users with three different broadband types: a USB facility that will allow users to connect their device to the Internet, a Wi-Fi hotspot device and an iPhone case with an over override capability that will allow users to utilize their iPhones as a FreedomPop hotspot, overriding the smartphone’s existing network. A deposit fee will be required for all three broadband flavors, but the amount is refundable.
FreedomPop is not the first wireless provider to offer a similar 1GB package for free. Tecca mentioned NetZero as having made the offer first.
The tech analyst, however, noted that certain shortcomings are still likely from the FreedomPop free service offer. It said FreedomPop would be using a network operated by Clearwire, which currently services just 70 major cities in the US, posing as a limiting factor for prospective mobile device customers.