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|
|2 GB||$17.99||$19.99||3G 1.5¢/MB |
|3 GB||N/A||$28.99||3G 1.5¢/MB |
|4 GB||$28.99||$34.99||3G 1.5¢/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