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FreedomPop Expands Mobile Broadband Coverage With 3G Roaming

Mobile broadband MVNO FreedomPop's customers can now roam on Sprint EVDO 3G in areas where WiMAX is not available. The company is offering its first 3G/4G dual mode device, a refurbished Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro mobile hotspot for $39.99 plus $6.99 shipping and handling.

To use 3G service a FreedomPop 3G/4G plan is required. Prices are slightly higher for 3G/4G plans and FreedomPop's signature free plan does not include 3G roaming. Users can switch between 4G only and 3G/4G plans at anytime, so one could stay on the free 4G plan most of the time and switch to a 3G/4G plan for a month when needed for travel, for example.

In a press release announcing the start of 3G roaming, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Sokols confirmed that FreedomPop will begin offering LTE later this year and that the company's LTE devices with also be able to roam on 3G.

Here's a comparison of FreedomPop's current 4G only and 3G/4G offerings:

Included Data Price Per Month - 4G (WiMAX) Only Price Per Month - 3G/4G Overage rate
500 MB free $3.99 2¢/MB
1 GB $9.99 N/A 1¢/MB
2 GB $17.99 $19.99 3G 1.5¢/MB
4G 1¢/MB
3 GB N/A $28.99 3G 1.5¢/MB
4G 1¢/MB
4 GB $28.99 $34.99 3G 1.5¢/MB
4G 1¢/MB
5 GB $34.99 N/A 1¢/MB
10 GB $59.99 N/A 1¢/MB

As a special launch promotion, FreedomPop is offering a month's free service to customers who purchase a 3G/4G hotspot and sign up for either the $3.99 or $19.99 plan.

Source: FreedomPop via FierceWireless

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  1. Just curious, how is FP able to give users 500 MB of 4G cellular data for free?

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    1. They say 2/3 of their customers buy additional data.
      Also, their terms and conditions are full of traps that cost you money. For example, if you do not use at least 5mb every month, they charge you $.99. They charge your credit card $10 once you use 400mb of your free amount unless you turn off automatic billing. If you exceed 500mb in the middle of a session, they charge your cc $10 and you pay for the mb over 500 out of that cash balance. You can return your device, but they charged me $8.75 tho the device was in perfect condition, plus the $6 original shipping, and I had to pay return shipping and insurance. If you forget any items in the box they charge you for that. They charge you for extra speed. They charge you if you want your unused balance to carry over to the next month. It goes on and on. If you return your device and do not cancel your online account, they continue to charge you for any paid options or data (see above).
      You gotta read the T&Cs very carefully, twice, highlight the traps, and save them.

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    2. Freedompop gets a good deal from Clear because they have a lot of excess capacity. Sprint, Boost and Virgin are switching over to LTE, but the Clear network will be around until 2015 so they need customers. Freedompop CEO said in March they will swap WiMax modems for LTE modems for free before then.

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  2. Also, Clearwire is a better value at unlimited WiMAX 4G. I have it and can stream netflix in HD with no problem at all.

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  3. Clearwire at $35 is a bargain for heavy use; my daughter gets 1.75mbs, better than advertised She can stream movies with an occasional freeze/delay. Video chat is no problem. Her boyfriend has the $50 unlimited service and gets 6-8mbps with a good signal. He is a heavy user and gets his money's worth.

    Freedompop is a better value if you have lower usage requirements. The home modem, 10gb/$10 per month with $5/gig option for more is a better value than Clearwire if your use falls withing their sweet spots. You can get a speed bump for a low price/month. My daughter should switch to this home plan.

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  4. I just signed up and ordered the modem. Inside my account, there was no way to sign up for 3g/4g service for $3.99/month. My modem is correctly shown as 3G capable. Maybe they are late in updating the website; I will test for 3G when the modem arrives.

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    1. Today, FreedomPop shows the $3.99 Pro plan on the website.

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  5. Does anybody know if the freedompop service works in Puerto Rico? I saw this sentence written in the terms of service: "Unless you are notified otherwise, the Services are only available to you if you live in the United States of America or Puerto Rico" under the LOCAL LAWS; EXPORT CONTROL section and was wondering if it works.

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    1. FreedomPop should work in Puerto Rico for 3G only. Same coverage as Boost or Virgin Monile.

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    2. thank you for the quick answer. that's what i was thinking.

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  6. is it fair to say that Sprint's 3G signal speeds don't get anywhere close to 1Mbps?

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    1. Generally true. I usually get around 500 Kbps on PlatinumTel (Sprint) here in San Francisco. 1.2 Mbps is about as good as it ever gets.

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  7. Dennis: When you log in to your account you can see another 3G/4G plan: 3gb for $28.99. That is a pretty good deal.

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    1. Thanks, I've added the 3GB plan to the table in the post. I have Freedom Stick Bolt and can only see the 4G plans when I log in.

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  8. "In other FreedomPop news, Stokols (CEO) said the company currently plans to launch voice calling and text messaging services in the next six to 10 weeks through the company's previously announced deal with textPlus. Stokols declined to say how much FreedomPop would charge for voice calling and text messaging, though he confirmed those services would work over WiMAX and EV-DO data connections and not through Sprint's dedicated voice network."

    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-moves-sprints-ev-do-network-trumpets-profitable-business-model/2013-04-24
    There is one thing wrong in this story: FreePop will not give away 500mb of Sprint EVDO data. That service costs $3.99/mo.

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  9. Does anybody know if i can buy the Sprint Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro mobile hotspot and use it with freedompop or i have to buy it from them?

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    1. You have to buy theirs. It is only $40.

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    2. ok. thank you for the info.

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  10. The initial sign-up does not show the $3.99 monthly fee. Am I missing something? Do they add that on later?

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    1. I believe that when you first sign up FreedomPop give's you a free month on the $19.99 plan. Well before your month is up you need to go to the account management page and switch to the $3.99 plan.

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    2. I did not get a free month. Instead, they gave me 1GB extra usage for the first month of 4G. Then, when they added the $3.99 plan to the website a couple of days later, I picked it. You have to click on the See All Plans link at the bottom of the plans page to see the 3G/4g plans. They did not give me an extra month. They charged my credit card for a prorated share of one month at $3.99. You lose a week of service the first month because they start the period when you sign up on line. It took them more than a week to deliver my modem to the East coast.
      I suggest you wait to pick the 3G plan until your modem arrives. That way you will not be charged for days you do not use. Also, my modem did not work on 3G. I had to update the profile and PRL in the administrative settings before it would work. Connect a computer to the modem, navigate to the admin website, sign in, go to Advanced Settings, update.

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  11. That 500Mb free sign up does not show the $3.99 fee. I emailed them too and have not heard.

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    1. The free sign-up is for 4G WiMax >only.< 3G data will not work until you subscribe to the $3.99/month plan on the website. Then you have to update the PRL and profile if you get error code 67 in a 3G-only area. You can also change the administrative settings to prefer 3G to test the service.
      In my experience, CS does not answer in the 24-72 hour period. It takes them about 5 days to assign a rep, then another day for the rep to answer you.

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