FreedomPop kicks off free 4G service with a hotspot and USB stick

1 Oct

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

FreedomPop has built quite a bit of hype over the past few months for its proposed freemium 4G service — and starting today, we’ll finally get to see if it can live up to its many promises.

The company kicked off a public beta test Sunday, which will offer 500 MBs of free monthly 4G service (provided by Clearwire) on two devices: a wireless hotspot and a USB stick. Both devices are technically available for free, though you’ll have to put down a refundable security deposit of $49 for the USB stick and $89 for the hotspot.  For more data-hungry consumers, FreedomPop is also offering inexpensive monthly plans starting at $17.99 for 2GB of data and $28.99 for 4GB.

You can preorder the Photon wireless hotspot and Bolt USB stick on FreedomPop’s site, and they shipping is on0 on a first-come. first-served basis. The Photon can connect up to eight…

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