FreedomPop, the Sprint/Clearwire mobile broadband MVNO that launched free WiMAX service last year has expanded their offerings to include Sprint LTE data. FreedomPop is using the same freeium pricing structure for LTE as it does for WiMAX, starting with a free plan that includes 500 MB of LTE data per month at no cost to the user. Customers who exceed the 500 MB cap can buy more data on an as needed basis or upgrade to a paid plan with higher limits and lower overage rates.
To use LTE, FreedomPop users need to purchase a $149 (plus $6.99 for shipping) FreedomSpot MiFi 5800 LTE, which is a rebranded Novatel 500 LTE. Existing FreedomPop customers with a WiMAX hotspot can upgrade to LTE by paying the difference between $149 and what they paid for their current hotspot.
The supports all three Sprint LTE bands, 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz as well as 3G EVDO data. The inclusion of 3G is a good thing as Sprint's LTE deployment is still at a relatively early stage. Using 3G with FreedomPop will cost you a bit more, see the table below for the details of all FreedomPop plans.
|Included Data||Price Per Month - 4G (WiMAX or LTE) 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 |
|5 GB||$34.99||39.99||3G 1.5¢/MB |
|10 GB||$59.99||89.99||3G 1.5¢/MB |
Update 8/8/2013: FreedomPop is now accepting orders for the FreedomSpot MiFi 5800 LTE. Go to www.freedompop.com/LTEhotspot to order.
In other FreedomPop news, the company told GigaOm that it now has over 100,000 users with 55% of them on the free plan.
FreedomPop has been promising to extend its business model and service to mobile phones this summer. The company says its Freedom Phone service, which will include 500 MB of data, unlimited messaging and 200 minutes of VOIP calling for free, is on track for a September launch.
Sources FreedomPop, GigaOm, FierceWireless, Forbes
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