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FreedomPop FREE 4G Mobile Internet 500MB per month with $49.99 deposit

unlockedshaders 498 October 1, 2012 at 01:09 AM in Internet & Websites (3) More FreedomPop Deals
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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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#631
How do you see how much data you have used in the current period and how long do you have to wait before it's reflected on your account?
I suppose that even looking at your account to see the data uses a few MB just for that unless the hotspot itself has a usage meter on it that's up to the minute.
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#632
I still haven't had a response from canceling my two orders last Monday, 2x via the online customer contact form. (They charged me back in May.)

Does anyone have an email address so that I can try canceling via that route?

Thanks.
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#633
Quote from ono View Post :
I still haven't had a response from canceling my two orders last Monday, 2x via the online customer contact form. (They charged me back in May.)

Does anyone have an email address so that I can try canceling via that route?

Thanks.
there phone number was posted a few pages back

FreedomPop (888) 743-8107
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#634
Quote from sdweb1b View Post :
I ordered a FreedomPop hotspot, but I'm sending it back right away. I probably won't even bother to open the box.
It won't be worth the hassle of micromanaging the usage to make sure I use between 6MB and 399MB to avoid the monthly non-use fee or $10 automatic top up at 400MB. $1 per month to not use it is still only $12 per year (plus I assume two automatic top up of $10 each to cover it), but it just makes a hassle and makes the company seem a bit shady and disingenuous.
For my limited use, I think the best choice for me is to just buy a Walmart net2go mifi and a $45 1GB prepaid data card that never expires. I could probably stretch the the 1GB out for a year or more if used only for checking email or light web browsing when no wifi is available. Pay once and forget about it until you use all the data, no nickel and diming.
So you are spending $150 for a year of mifi access instead of maybe $12, if you don't use it much? Ok it's your money and your logic, but I don't get it.
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#635
It won't be $150 since I could make the $45 data card last a year or longer since it won't be used much or every month and it doesn't expire. I don't know where you get $150 unless you're counting the cost of the mifi if you did, you would need to count the cost of the device for Freedompop also. You have to pay the "deposit" up front and you may never see a refund if they fail.
With $10 top ups to keep the balance from falling after the 99 cent monthly fees are subtracted, freedom pop will end up costing more than $12 to keep it active and if you let it expire you have to pay reconnection fees. Either you pay 99 cents or you need to make sure you use always more than 5 MB and less than 500 MB every month.
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#636
Quote from sdweb1b View Post :
It won't be $150 since I could make the $45 data card last a year or longer since it won't be used much or every month and it doesn't expire. I don't know where you get $150 unless you're counting the cost of the mifi if you did, you would need to count the cost of the device for Freedompop also. You have to pay the "deposit" up front and you may never see a refund if they fail.
With $10 top ups to keep the balance from falling after the 99 cent monthly fees are subtracted, freedom pop will end up costing more than $12 to keep it active and if you let it expire you have to pay reconnection fees. Either you pay 99 cents or you need to make sure you use always more than 5 MB and less than 500 MB every month.
You do realize that you can disable the top ups, right? And on top of that, the 99 cent fee is easy to avoid, just pick a day once a month where you download a 5MB file. Not too difficult.
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#637
ya or you can watch a youtube video or 2, that should be way more than 5mb.
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#638
Quote from sdweb1b View Post :
It won't be $150 since I could make the $45 data card last a year or longer since it won't be used much or every month and it doesn't expire. I don't know where you get $150 unless you're counting the cost of the mifi if you did, you would need to count the cost of the device for Freedompop also. You have to pay the "deposit" up front and you may never see a refund if they fail.
With $10 top ups to keep the balance from falling after the 99 cent monthly fees are subtracted, freedom pop will end up costing more than $12 to keep it active and if you let it expire you have to pay reconnection fees. Either you pay 99 cents or you need to make sure you use always more than 5 MB and less than 500 MB every month.
You need to take a step back and just think this through. To me, you make no sense. In a given month, you seriously think you won't use 6mb? And how hard it is to make sure you surf a few pages each month? Then you say you can stretch 1gb data card for a year, yet you are concerned that you might use more than 399 mb a month with freedompop? Your rationale is dizzying.
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#639
Quote from sdweb1b View Post :
It won't be $150 since I could make the $45 data card last a year or longer since it won't be used much or every month and it doesn't expire. I don't know where you get $150 unless you're counting the cost of the mifi if you did, you would need to count the cost of the device for Freedompop also. You have to pay the "deposit" up front and you may never see a refund if they fail.
With $10 top ups to keep the balance from falling after the 99 cent monthly fees are subtracted, freedom pop will end up costing more than $12 to keep it active and if you let it expire you have to pay reconnection fees. Either you pay 99 cents or you need to make sure you use always more than 5 MB and less than 500 MB every month.
What $45 data card are you referring to? Virgin Mobile plans are all monthly, even their mobile broadband ones...
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#640
I also have to laugh at all these users panicking because the hotspot sucks up mb when idle. Even if this is a bug they cannot fix, this wouldn't be an issue for many of us. My question is, why would you guys leave it on if you're not using the internet? On top, that's wasting battery. First thing I do when I get home is turn off data on my cell and let it connect via wifi to my home's internet. I'll be doing the same thing with the freedompop, turn it off at home!!! This seems like an awesome deal for casual users who already have internet at home, but just need some hotspot action for the occasional times when they're out.

See, I have an international galaxy note that I use on t-mobile, It cannot access T-mobile's hespa speeds, I pay $5 a month for 200mb of EDGE. That's fine, I just check email and do messenger. Browsing a few web pages is a pain in the azz at times. That's $60 a year for crappy 200 mb edge. Freedompop is a one time $93, 500mb monthly on speeds faster than E. Makes absolutely sense for someone like. Just turn the thing off when I don't need it. Fascinated why people would want to leave it on idle.
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#641
I think people are just paranoid about getting into trouble with these so called "free" product/services (ex. people who insist on using debit cards instead of credit cards because they are afraid of accumulating debt). All businesses (including not-for-profit organizations) needs some way to generate revenue to remain sustainable. The usage requirement and fees imposed for inactivity are reasonable and not shady IMO. Credit cards rewards are completely free if you pay-in-full each month. Likewise, FreedomPop can be free if you play by the rules (that's until they change the TOS).
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#642
It doesn't use data when idle.
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#643
Quote from rahilm View Post :
You do realize that you can disable the top ups, right? And on top of that, the 99 cent fee is easy to avoid, just pick a day once a month where you download a 5MB file. Not too difficult.
In this case if you disable top ups and are charged the 99 cent fee for non use, your account will be disabled and you will then have to pay their reconnection fee which is much more expensive. I don't think you can make payments in 99 cent increments so you would still have to manually top up rather than it being automatic.
I was planning on mostly not using it since I have other internet and I might want to use it a few times a year. If my home internet went out or I took my laptop on a rare road trip and didn't have free wifi or any wifi available at the hotel or wherever else I wanted to use it.
For my sporadic use, another service works better.
Having to remember to turn it on every month when I wouldn't otherwise be using it is just a hassle.
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#644
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It doesn't use data when idle.
Yes it does, it will track your statistic and report back to bogus websites....
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#645
How are you guys finding so many friends for increasing your bandwidth cap?
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