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Last Edited by unlockedshaders October 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM
FreedomPop [freedompop.com] beta offers 500MB per month of free 4G WiMax internet.

A 4G USB modem stick requires a $49.99 refundable security deposit.
A 4G mobile hotspot requires an $89.99 refundable security deposit.
Shipping is $4.99.

Plans and charges: http://www.freedompop.com/acct_dataplan.htm

Overages are charged at $20 per GB or $0.02 per MB.
You can do various things to earn free data, such as inviting friends or fulfilling offers. You can also pay more for premium services.

Here's a hands on by PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2...411,00.asp

Since the modem / hotspot are Clear rebadges, here are reviews of the Clear products.
USB Modem: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2...021,00.asp
Hotspot: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2...653,00.asp

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#391
Do we have to return this unit later on since it's a leased unit OR does it belongs to us?
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#392
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Do we have to return this unit later on since it's a leased unit OR does it belongs to us?
you pay an initial deposit and can return it whenever.
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#393
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Why is the coverage map so spotty in a large town? In some places it looks like across the street there's no coverage and then all of a sudden the coverage picks up not far away. Also, what is the difference in the light green vs dark green?
I'd like to know the same thing. It says there is great service a quarter mile away. I wonder how bad service for me would be.
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#394
As far as the questions about returns, etc... I'm guessing that they initially wrote up the policies to handle outright purchases of the equipment, hence the 30 day return policy, etdc... but then they decided to go with this it's free just give us a deposit idea.

1. They charged us a lot more for the hotspot than clearwre charges.
2. They are banking people will break or just forget about the deposit, so they'll end up keeping some or most of a good number of the deposits (Same train of thought on rebates)
3. Or they're just genuinely nice guys and know that within a year they'll be rolling out LTE and everybody's gonna want a new devide, so instead of trying to deal with people going flake out level5 on the transition they just set it up so these are "Loners" while they transition to LTE.

I tested mine upstairs and found my 1.5 up/down spot But that's the highest speed I can get from here at the house. I'll take it around with me while I'm running around the neighborhood this week and to one place I know gets eccellent WiMax reception and try it there.

Not bad, supposedly 6 hrs operating time from a device that's 2 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches by 1/4 to 1/3 inch high (It's thicker in the middle).

I might end up sticking a piece of velcro on the bottom of it and put a patch of velcro on the top corner of my two laptops, on the back of my android tablet, and on the back of my ipad. so I don't have to find someplace to put it down then lose it when it falls and goes sliding across the floor at the airport.
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Quote from slapwootod View Post :
Why is the coverage map so spotty in a large town? In some places it looks like across the street there's no coverage and then all of a sudden the coverage picks up not far away. Also, what is the difference in the light green vs dark green?

The radio bandwidth that clear was able to aquire for use in their 4G WiMax system supposedly had a very short transmission range. I and no expert in this field, I'm not even at the same level of somebody putting in an application for an entry level job when it comes to these things. But what I have read, is that Clearwire's radio spectrum is really high up. Verizon and ATT are much lower, with Verizons being very low. The lower on the radio spectrum you are, the longer the distance the radio waves are useable. The higher, the shorter.And I believe I also read that the high the frequency, the easier it is to be blocked by inanimate objects like trees, buildings, etc...

I believe that's why the 4G WiMax has so many spotty locations. Towers were just too far apart to provide real good service in every nook and cranny.

And that, is why they had a fire sale on their bandwidth.
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#396
Quote from webxpres View Post :
As far as the questions about returns, etc... I'm guessing that they initially wrote up the policies to handle outright purchases of the equipment, hence the 30 day return policy, etdc... but then they decided to go with this it's free just give us a deposit idea.

1. They charged us a lot more for the hotspot than clearwre charges.
2. They are banking people will break or just forget about the deposit, so they'll end up keeping some or most of a good number of the deposits (Same train of thought on rebates)
3. Or they're just genuinely nice guys and know that within a year they'll be rolling out LTE and everybody's gonna want a new devide, so instead of trying to deal with people going flake out level5 on the transition they just set it up so these are "Loners" while they transition to LTE.

I tested mine upstairs and found my 1.5 up/down spot But that's the highest speed I can get from here at the house. I'll take it around with me while I'm running around the neighborhood this week and to one place I know gets eccellent WiMax reception and try it there.

Not bad, supposedly 6 hrs operating time from a device that's 2 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches by 1/4 to 1/3 inch high (It's thicker in the middle).

I might end up sticking a piece of velcro on the bottom of it and put a patch of velcro on the top corner of my two laptops, on the back of my android tablet, and on the back of my ipad. so I don't have to find someplace to put it down then lose it when it falls and goes sliding across the floor at the airport.
which one do you have? the usb or the hotspot?
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which one do you have? the usb or the hotspot?
Based on the description, it's a hot spot. The square one on the left.
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#398
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Based on the description, it's a hot spot. The square one on the left.
so the hot spot has its own battery? is the battery included in shipment? I should have ordered the hotspot then. I wanted o portable one and was afraid that I dont have an a/c outlet. So I ordered the usb version.
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which one did you order?
HotSpot. I like that they can be used with pretty much anything, no drivers needed, no muss, no fuss. In particular, tablets.

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so the hot spot has its own battery? is the battery included in shipment? I should have ordered the hotspot then. I wanted o portable one and was afraid that I dont have an a/c outlet. So I ordered the usb version.
Yes. It recharges using USB. I don't know if this model can charge and tether via USB though. Some can, some can't.
Last edited by Zanthexter October 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM
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#400
The hotspot will charge while on, which is good, I had one that would turn off when charging.

And this sucker is pretty small I gotta say. I already misplaced mine someplace in the house. lol
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#401
So, now that I found it again, I did a test from the spot I used to get the 1.5 via sprint. With the freedompop hotspot I got 4.42 Mbps down and 1.60 Mbps up. Pretty darn good for the location I"m at.

The only thing I'm not liking right now is that I opted for the 2Gig per month account for $17.90 or whatever. The free 500 meg disappears and you only get the 2 gig you paid for. I was assuming that 500 meg would stay and the 2 gig would be added on top of that. I don't see why they wouldn't do that.
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#402
Quote from webxpres View Post :
The radio bandwidth that clear was able to aquire for use in their 4G WiMax system supposedly had a very short transmission range. I and no expert in this field, I'm not even at the same level of somebody putting in an application for an entry level job when it comes to these things. But what I have read, is that Clearwire's radio spectrum is really high up. Verizon and ATT are much lower, with Verizons being very low. The lower on the radio spectrum you are, the longer the distance the radio waves are useable. The higher, the shorter.And I believe I also read that the high the frequency, the easier it is to be blocked by inanimate objects like trees, buildings, etc...

I believe that's why the 4G WiMax has so many spotty locations. Towers were just too far apart to provide real good service in every nook and cranny.

And that, is why they had a fire sale on their bandwidth.
that's my understanding.

Same idea as 54g @ 2.4GHz has better penetration than N @ 5GHz
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#403
I have added my experience to the Wiki. (Basically, to warn people that while looking at the coverage map, the light green area is suspect). In my case, there was no coverage at all in the light green area (checked a fully charged unit as far as a mile from my house).
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#404
Orlando, FL here. Haven't had the damn hotspot connect to service once since receiving it.
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#405
How do I change the password for my hotspots?
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