FreedomPop brings free 4G data to iPod touch and iPhone users
By Dave LeClair
August 2, 2012
The iPod touch is more or less an iPhone without the phone functionality. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, it can do most of the same functions as the iPhone. However, Wi-Fi is not available everywhere, and without it, the touch loses some important functionality. FreedomPop is launching an iPod touch case for US$99, that brings free 4G data to touch owners.
Users only need to pay the initial cost of the case. There are no monthly fees associated with using the data, provided usage does not exceed the limit. Each gigabyte over the limit comes with a $10 fee.
FreedomPop offers 500MB of data free to start. Users can earn an additional 500MB a month for referring friends. Obviously, this is not enough data for a heavy internet user, but it should suffice for performing basic tasks. When compared to AT&T;, this turns out to be quite a good deal. The closest data plan AT&T; offers provides 300MB of data for $20 with a $20 overage charge for each additional 300MB. Even if you do not invite a single friend to FreedomPop, you still get 500MB free or 1.5GB for $10. AT&T;’s next plan offers 3GB of data for $30. If you spent that much with FreedomPop, you would end up with 3.5GB of data.
There is no contract associated with using FreedomPop’s network. The service can be canceled at any time for individuals not interested in using the free data anymore. The company is also offering full refunds for any device returned within 90 days of purchase.
FreedomPop is also bringing a similar case to the iPhone. The price of the case and allowances for data are the same as the iPod touch version.
Both the iPhone and iPod touch models also serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight other devices. Of course, users will need to be careful with this due to the relatively low amount of free data available.
The service is not available everywhere in the United States yet, as the 4G technology that powers the device is still relatively new in the U.S. FreedomPop has a form on its website that allows you to check availability in your area. The form requires an email address so the company can send updates on when the case will be available in your area.
This service is only available in the United States for the time being. FreedomPop is taking pre-orders on its website now.
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