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.