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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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Last Edited by Elvey October 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Customer service phone number: 888-743-8107

SITE IS MISLEADING. All new accounts since 2013 purchase the equipment on a non-refundable basis.


Video Review of Photon Device
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSRAPoYaXp4

Comment on the issues you have with them (like their change of device refund terms, or data rounding issue, etc) in their Twitter and Facebook page.

http://twitter.com/freedompop4g
http://www.facebook.com/FreedomPop

How to file FCC Complaint

Visit the following links. The more complaints, the more the FCC will look into unlawful business practices.

http://www.fcc.gov/complaints
https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsform...type=2000B

Important Information:
  • Based on user experience, FreedomPop calculates data usage every 15 mins. This data is also rounded up to nearest MB(Link to rounded up confirmation). Even though it only use few kilobytes of data like checking email does every 10 minutes, freedompop data metering rounts up to one full megabyte This translates to a minimum of 4MB per hour for a device that simply checks email or 2880MB per 30 days because freedompop's rounding methodology. Home Burst Hub has been confirmed to round up only in reporting, not actual usage, so a few KB will show up as 0 or 1 MB over a while, only when it accumulates to the next MB.
    Comment: I've received word from FreedomPop that they may have had a mix-up between owners of the MAC addresses in their database. Therefore, you may have been shown / charged the data usage for another customer. A fix is supposedly under way. -unlockedshaders
  • Only work on Clear 4G WiMAX network. No 3G network.
  • Terms [freedompop.com] [freedompop.com [freedompop.com]] Inactive account fee: If you choose the free Broadband Service and use less than 5mb in any given month, we wi??ll charge you a $.99 Active Status fee to keep your account active.
  • they will be switching from 4G WiMAX to LTE in As early as June 2013. The equipment they have now won't work with LTE but current equipment may be supported through up to 2015.. (no detail what they will do. Freedompop CSR said the switch could involve paying more money to exchange for a newer device. The coverage area during this transition may change so your current WiMax device my actually be superior to an LTE device due to coverage.
  • Note: FreedomPop has changed their Terms and Conditions few times already. Please read the latest terms for Equipment and others information
SDers experience:Leased Equipment -- No Longer Offered (related to deposit refund).

https://www.freedompop.com/servic..._terms.htm (looks like they change this few times already. This is only correct as of 10/11/2012. May have changed afterward.)
  • refund the deposit (less any amounts that you owe to us) to your registered payment method
  • FreedomPop is still actively providing the same Equipment to users of the Broadband Service
  • you (or we) terminate your subscription to the Broadband Service within 1 year of the start date of your subscription (won't get refund after ONE year)
  • deduct from your deposit refund all amounts owed and unpaid for any Services and for any Equipment you return that is damaged due to neglect, misuse, liquid damage or non-standard wear and tear. (sounds like only allow refund if it is "NEW" or "LIKE NEW" condition)
  • there is RESTOCKING FEE for opened item. Also customer pay for shipping.
There is NOT a RESTOCKING FEE, RECEIVED A FULL REFUND OF $89 for the device 11-4-12

EDIT 12-1-12 THERE IS A RESTOCKING FEE - Charged a restocking fee of $8.25. Device and packaging were spotless.
From Patrick, Customer Service:
"Your device was received in good condition and the majority of your deposit was refunded. We were charged a small fee by our logistics partner to replace packaging and re-polish the device. This fee was deducted from the deposit at cost per our T&Cs and should be nominal. We're totally committed to making internet as free as possible, including the device, but when we're are charged a real fee, we need to deduct that from deposit or we'd be forced to make users buy the device outright which we're trying to avoid. "

EDIT 1-7-2013 RMA categorized as B-stock (visible damage). Refunded $67 of the the $89 deposit. Device and packaging were spotless as well.
After inquiries via email asking for explanation, customer service stalled for about 3 weeks, then refused to provide any further explanation or proof, stating:

"I have received confirmation from our logistics provider that the condition of your device was correct and your refund amount reflects that. This is the response they sent to me "Yes, this was properly graded as B-stock. The device was not in perfect physical condition."

This conflicts with the allowance in the Service Plan terms for "reasonable wear and tear":
http://tosback.wikispaces.com/pag...=463337376

https://www.freedompop.com/terms.htm

FREEDOMPOP MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE CONTENT AND SERVICES OFFERED ON THIS SITE AT ANY TIME. FREEDOMPOP CAN CHANGE, MODIFY OR ADD OR REMOVE PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS AT ANY TIME BY POSTING UPDATED TERMS OF USE ON THIS SITE AND/OR BY PROVIDING YOU WITH NOTICE OF SUCH CHANGES BY EMAIL USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO US. IF ANY CHANGE, MODIFICATION, ADDITIONAL PROVISION OR REMOVAL OF A PROVISION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOU SHALL CEASE USING THIS SITE AND THE SERVICES. IF YOU INSTEAD CONTINUE TO USE THIS SITE OR THE SERVICES, YOU WILL BE CONCLUSIVELY DEEMED TO HAVE ACCEPTED THE CHANGE.

Terms as of October 4th, 2012 attached. (They HAVE been changed, but this is original terms when "I'" signed up.)

Check coverage in your area. Not available in all cities in US as per the coverage map:

https://www.freedompop.com/coverage_map.htm

SPEED TEST RESULTS

Location/zipcodeSpeed Dn (Mbps)Speed Up (Mbps)Speed add on (Y/N) USB Modem OR Hotspot Notes Date
North San Antonio 2.5 1.2 (?) ?  
Houston TX (77059) 5.7 1.9 (?) ?  
Downtown Los Angeles 6.34 0.72 N Hotspot  
Irvine (92604) 6.1 0.83 (?) ?  
Baltimore 9.3 2.0 N Hotspot Outdoor, very near to signal tower  
Baltimore 1.1 0.9 N Hotspot Indoor  
Baltimore 7.3 1.4 N Hotspot Freeway  
Boston MA 10 1.3 Y ?  
Chicago town 6.20 5.09 (?) ? Test 1 of 4 in Chicago town 
Chicago town 8.42 1.90 (?) ? Test 2 of 4 in Chicago town 
Chicago town 2.90 1.94 (?) ? Test 3 of 4 in Chicago town 
Chicago town 4.12 2.23 (?) ? Test 4 of 4 in Chicago town 
Nashua NH near FAA 7.5 1.5 N ? Average of several tests 
Maitland/Winter Park FL 5+ 2+ N Hotspot Average of several tests 
Orlando FL 5+ 2+ N Hotspot Average of several tests 
Thornton Park FL 5+ 2+ N Hotspot Average of several tests 
University Park FL 5+ 2+ N Hotspot Average of several tests 
North East of Atlanta 5.9 1.1 N ? Outside ATL Perimeter in Suburbs 
Seattle WA (U-District) 9.80 2.17 N ?  
Minneapolis MN town 9.96 2.22 (Y) ? Sculpture Garden 
San Francisco (94122) 4.25 1.25 N ? Inside house 
Sacramento CA 8.9 1.12 N Hotspot Outside Park 
Sacramento CA 7.5 1.3 Y Hotspot Tested on freeway 10/12/12
Sacramento CA 6.1 .67 Y Hotspot Tested on freeway 10/12/12
Sacramento CA 3 .62 Y Hotspot Tested on freeway 10/12/12
Sacramento CA 3.5 1.3 Y Hotspot Tested on freeway 10/12/12
Marina Del Rey CA 8.55 1.40 N Hotspot Tested in parking lot 10/15/12
Culver City CA 6.80 1.41 N Hotspot Tested at City Hall 10/15/12
Downtown Los Angeles 8.51 1.46 N Hotspot Tested in parking lot 10/15/12
Walnut, CA 10 2.76 N Hotspot Business Building 10/18/12
Burbank, CA 10.37 1.42 N Hotspot Inside Apartment 10/30/12
Piscataway, NJ 6.65 0.49 N Hotspot at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 2/1/13
Please note that when you check for coverage, the LIGHT GREEN AREA GETS LESS HORRIBLE SPEEDS, LESS THAN 1MB/S.

Toll free support (thanks to MeatCatalog)

(888) 743-8107

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FREEDOM FRIENDS BONUS DATA
You get an additional 50MB per month for each "Freedom Friend" you connect with through your account. Also, you can share extra data with them that you won't need that month, etc. ...very cool.

THIS IS NOT A REFERRAL as both of you are already subscribed to the service. You can add up to 10 friends for extra 500MB per month, every month. Or keep more connected friends to give or receive MB when you need it before the next cycle.

To see a list of emails of people who agree to be added, go to THIS THREAD: http://slickdeals.net/f/5276432-FreedomPop-Friends?v=1

What is says on the Find Friends page:

Earn Free Data by Connecting with Friends!

Find your friends on FreedomPop and earn free data. The more friends you connect to, the more free data you earn every month.

From the FAQ

In addition to the guaranteed 500 MB/month free you'll receive by being a user, you can also earn up to 1GB/month free by connecting with your friends on FreedomPop and earn unlimited data free by participating in partner offers and promotions.

With Freedom Friends - you'll earn 10MB for every friend you're connected with on FreedomPop (up to an additional 500MB/month).

With partner offers and promotions - you can earn unlimited data each month by completing special offers. Special offer earned data must be used in the month that it is earned otherwise it will expire.

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Visit the Devices page to initiate a return.

Devices subjected to neglect misuse, liquid damage or non standard wear and tear are not eligible for our return program.

Please post here if you find any proof to support above opinions.

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Inactive Account Fee

https://www.freedompop.com/servic..._terms.htm
If you choose the free Broadband Service and use less than 5mb in any given month, we???ll charge you a $.99 Active Status fee to keep your account active.

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TRACKING DATA USAGE

If you are using Android and want to keep track of your data, you can use the free app FreedomChomp - https://play.google.com/store/app...eedomchomp

To track useage on a PC, you can use the Performance Monitor in the Task Manager.
1. Start Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete)
2. Select the Network tab
3. Select View Menu->Select Columns
4. Check Bytes (total of Bytes Sent and Received)
Leave the Task Manager on and note the Total Bytes for the day or session.
Add that to the total from your FreedonPop account home page.

On an Android device, download this app: Network Speed (there are probably others, as well: CISCO Data app)
Open the app and select menu, then select Totals. There is a daily and a monthly total for each network type.
See eth0 for wifi totals.

A single speedtest on (www.speedtest.net [speedtest.net]) took over 10MB, so there is your minimum.

Video review of product (Photon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSRAPoYaXp4
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Exclusions from Arbitration/Right to Opt Out

Notwithstanding the above, you or FreedomPop may choose to pursue a Dispute in court and not by arbitration if: (a) the Dispute qualifies, it may be initiated in small claims court; or (b) YOU OPT-OUT OF THESE ARBITRATION PROCEDURES WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE THAT YOU FIRST CONSENT TO THIS AGREEMENT (the "Opt-Out Deadline"). You may opt out of this Provision by mailing written notification to FreedomPop, 18757 Burbank Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 91356. Your written notification must include: (1) your name; (2) your address; and (3) a clear statement that you do not wish to resolve disputes with FreedomPop through arbitration. Your decision to opt-out of this arbitration Provision will have no adverse effect on your relationship with FreedomPop. Any opt-out request received after the Opt-Out Deadline will not be valid and you must pursue your Dispute in arbitration or small claims court.

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Why are there so many complaints? Why is everyone returning devices?

Responses:
http://slickdeals.net/f/5273826-FreedomPop-FREE-4G-Mobile-Internet-500MB-per-month-with-49-99-deposit?v=1&p=54263578#post54263578
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Using the 4G USB modem stick with Nexus 7 (may also work with other android devices), just do the following steps.
1. Turn off wifi
2. Plug the stick in the USB port (need the micro USB OTG for Nexus 7)
3. Open a web browser.
4. Go to http://192.168.14.1 and under the Advanced setting, select NAT Mode. Then, apply.

That's it. No rooting or additional app required.

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#1336
would this be worth getting as a backup isp?
just came back from two days without fios service because my line was knocked down and I'm wondering if this would be a good emergency backup if paired with an ipod touch to check email and get the news.
also wondering if it's safe to order with all these stolen credit card stories?
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Quote from manormortal View Post :
would this be worth getting as a backup isp?
just came back from two days without fios service because my line was knocked down and I'm wondering if this would be a good emergency backup if paired with an ipod touch to check email and get the news.
also wondering if it's safe to order with all these stolen credit card stories?

In my opinion, yes it makes a good backup to your regular method of access. Never leave it connected when you aren't using it and turn off all the background stuff. Leave software updates for your regular way of connection. Be very careful with watching video or anything that streams. Always remember that your usage meter on the freedompop website will usually take a few hours to reflect correctly what you've used. You will definitely want to take advantage of getting an additional 500mb to use every month by following the freedom friends link here on SD. The person who set that up here is a genius in my opinion. Used a credit to order the Photon hotspot and I couldn't be happier. No issues with mis-use of the credit card.
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Quote from mountaincat View Post :
In my opinion, yes it makes a good backup to your regular method of access. Never leave it connected when you aren't using it and turn off all the background stuff. Leave software updates for your regular way of connection. Be very careful with watching video or anything that streams. Always remember that your usage meter on the freedompop website will usually take a few hours to reflect correctly what you've used. You will definitely want to take advantage of getting an additional 500mb to use every month by following the freedom friends link here on SD. The person who set that up here is a genius in my opinion. Used a credit to order the Photon hotspot and I couldn't be happier. No issues with mis-use of the credit card.
Alright thanks for the advice, hopefully i'll remember to order one tonight.
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Quote from Zephon13 View Post :
I never bashed it. I just said I wished it could work for me.

Even so, I also said I was still considering it as an emergency access point when I have no other alternatives.

Does this company provide unlimited data plans? Or would I just be looking at a ClearWire service for that?
Besides it's usual portability, emergency use was my thought as well. I have tmobile at home and no data plan with that, and since this uses Sprint's network I would have a backup network in case of emergency.

Guess what? On Oct 29 Hurricane Sandy hit us in NJ, power out at 4PM Monday. Phones went dead 5 hrs later, and tmobile NOR the FreedomPop hotspot device could get a cell signal to work. That's because the storm took down some cell towers in some way, so I'm told. So even with a Verizon Fios landline, a tmobile cell, and this Sprint device, I could not make any calls. I even travelled 10 miles away from my home on two different days and could not get a signal.
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#1340
I decided to return my device. I don't want to deal with the Terms of Service changing every day plus I got tethering on my iPhone and the inactivity fees for Freedompop are not worth the hassle to me.
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Quote from rbokor View Post :
Besides it's usual portability, emergency use was my thought as well. I have tmobile at home and no data plan with that, and since this uses Sprint's network I would have a backup network in case of emergency.

Guess what? On Oct 29 Hurricane Sandy hit us in NJ, power out at 4PM Monday. Phones went dead 5 hrs later, and tmobile NOR the FreedomPop hotspot device could get a cell signal to work. That's because the storm took down some cell towers in some way, so I'm told. So even with a Verizon Fios landline, a tmobile cell, and this Sprint device, I could not make any calls. I even travelled 10 miles away from my home on two different days and could not get a signal.
After the hurricane I couldn't use my Verizon phones lol. We were out of power for the whole week. I think every cellular network was taken down after it. I was having trouble making calls and sending texts for over a week around my area. I know Verizon had generators on some of their towers so the service was spotty, but T-Mobile had nothing. They were completely down, same for Sprint. Sandy ripped us a new one.
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#1342
i'm in the NYC suburbs and just tried this tethered to my laptop last night. absolutely horrible surfing experience in terms of speeds and actual connectivity.

- ping drops to external dns -- 1 every 5 seconds or so
- speedtest.net wouldn't load completely and kept erroring out
- tried the sd homepage and it was still 'loading' images after 5 minutes

will test when i'm at work later this week but i'm not keeping my hopes up.
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#1343
Quote from Zephon13 View Post :
After the hurricane I couldn't use my Verizon phones lol. We were out of power for the whole week. I think every cellular network was taken down after it. I was having trouble making calls and sending texts for over a week around my area. I know Verizon had generators on some of their towers so the service was spotty, but T-Mobile had nothing. They were completely down, same for Sprint. Sandy ripped us a new one.
Looks like if you live in hurricane, storm, earthquake, area, you better keep some kind of traditional phone. Digital phone and cellular network and also internet likely down for a while.
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Quote from pandy00 View Post :
i'm in the NYC suburbs and just tried this tethered to my laptop last night. absolutely horrible surfing experience in terms of speeds and actual connectivity.

- ping drops to external dns -- 1 every 5 seconds or so
- speedtest.net wouldn't load completely and kept erroring out
- tried the sd homepage and it was still 'loading' images after 5 minutes

will test when i'm at work later this week but i'm not keeping my hopes up.
which area are u in? are u in there covered map?

i was thinking of getting one but i am normally use it in nyc (manhattan and brooklyn).
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Quote from dumpav View Post :
which area are u in? are u in there covered map?

i was thinking of getting one but i am normally use it in nyc (manhattan and brooklyn).
Excellent reception in Brooklyn! I am connecting it with smartphone only so far works fine.
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#1346
just got a an email for "Upgrade Your Account to 2GB - 100% Free!" but the clicking the link, dont see that???
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Last edited by shooteagle November 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM
#1347
I got that too, but when I click it, I see no 2gb/month free option.
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just got a an email for "Upgrade Your Account to 2GB - 100% Free!"
I did too. But when I clicked on it, there was no option for free 2GB.
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Quote from shooteagle View Post :
just got a an email for "Upgrade Your Account to 2GB - 100% Free!" but the clicking the link, dont see that???
Quote from atyahoodotcom View Post :
I got that too, but when I click it, I see no 2gb/month free option.
Quote from worker4youth View Post :
I did too. But when I clicked on it, there was no option for free 2GB.
What happens after you click on it?
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#1350
Quote from fyugioh View Post :
What happens after you click on it?
It just goes to the page where you are given two featured offers to upgrade - 4GB for $29 and 2GB for $18.

Did anyone try clicking on Upgrade to 2GB? I am afraid as there might be no "Review and Confirm" step - but directly upgrades my plan...
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