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

unlockedshaders 494 October 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM in Internet & Websites (3) More FreedomPop Deals
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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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#1471
Quote from pwrdbykimchi View Post :
I'm currently at 91% of my plan's usage capacity with two days remaining in the billing period. I'm trying to connect to the web but my Photon 4G device continuously redirects me to FreedomPop's site for "updates to my account". Unfortunately, nothing shows up (i.e. alerts, notifications, messages) when I click the provided link. Has anyone else had this issue? The credit card I had attached to my account recently expired. I assumed that was the issue so I updated the billing information to reflect my new credit card but I'm still redirected to FreedomPop's site to review "updates to my account".

edit// My issue was already addressed in the FAQ section, haha (whoops).

Q: I still have 100MB of data left for the month, why is my account suspended?

A: When you disabled Automatic Top Up, our system automatically sets up a lock onto your account once you reach a 100MB threshold on your account as a way to protect our users from overage charges. You have hit that limit and that is why you cannot access the internet. As you know there is a 3 hour delay in usage reporting and that is why our systems do this.
I've only used about 10-20mb last month and none this month, and I keep getting this stupid 'updates to my account' message that I can't dismiss. So I keep getting redirected to the FreedomPOP website and there's no information, dialogue, or prompt resolve this issue or see these 'updates'. Also doesn't help that 'support' just links to a FAQ and the 'contact us' link doesn't have dropboxes for actual tech or billing support.

Such a headache -- I don't even understand why they would ask people to pay beyond the free allotment is beyond me when they don't even have their stuff together. This feels more like alpha than beta.
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#1472
I got the mystery $0.99 fee charged to my account, well an attempt at least as my card had expired.

Too many hidden / small-print charges to be worth the hassle. I put an RMA request in. The level of frustration evident in my social media posts of the experience will depend on return and refund hassles. Send me a friggin email to tell me to use a meg rather than charge me, what a pain. Or don't put a time limit on security deposit refunds if you are going to charge an inactivity fee. One or the other, but charging without warning is customer-hostile.

Companies/offers like this are why using virtual credit card numbers can be beneficial.
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#1473
I didn't get in on the Freedompop revolution. But it interests me and I've kinda been following this thread.

So generally speaking, what are your thoughts on Freedompop for Tablets:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/0...o-tablets/
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#1474
Quote from johnnyblades View Post :
I didn't get in on the Freedompop revolution. But it interests me and I've kinda been following this thread.

So generally speaking, what are your thoughts on Freedompop for Tablets:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/0...o-tablets/
that's a good product.. it solves two of my pain points.. the hassle of having to carry the hotspot separately-now i can clip it to the ipad. the hassle of low battery life-i assume it draws power from the ipad
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#1475
Does Freedom pop allow you to bring a Clearwire branded Clear SPOT voyager to the network (i.e. Bring your own device?
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#1476
Quote from etronz View Post :
Does Freedom pop allow you to bring a Clearwire branded Clear SPOT voyager to the network (i.e. Bring your own device?
I've been trying to research this as well. I thought maybe it could be flashed but I wasn't able to find any firmware for Freedompop. Also, I tried inputting my MAC address into Freedompop's website where it says to click if you already have your device, but it says device not found. So perhaps not.
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#1477
For those of you who have FreedomPop, add me as a friend so we can both earn 50mb!
I have two emails since I own two devices so please add both. I check for invites multiple times a day so I will accept quickly. Thanks!

nealruark@gmail.com
motiuridentity@gmail.com
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#1478
Add me to the list of skeptics on how reliably they are measuring usage.

I've had the hotspot for several months now, and it's been fine as an occasional use for connecting a iPad or Nexus while out at the mall (I have unlimited data plan on my phone). Since I really just do some mobile web browsing, I found it hard to top even 10 MB per session in my occasional session, and even had to use it unncessarily last month to get above the minimum data usage.

But today I connected and played four Youtube videos on an iPad for my toddler over a 20 minute period. When I got home, Freedompop said I downloaded 980 MB from 1-1:15 pm, and another 253 MB from 1:15-1:30 pm. That's basically a sustained 10 Mbps download continously for the entire 20 minutes - I don't think I've even seen the hotspot deliver me 10 Mbps speeds!

Moreover to simulate, at home I then connected the iPad to my home wi-fi, connected to 20 Mbps Comcast internet. Since the Youtube app shows the play history, I replayed the same four videos. First, the app maxed out download speed from Youtube's servers at about 4.5 Mbps. Second, the app would obviously stop downloading once the entire video was cached, and it turns out the entire size of these four videos is about 300 MB. These videos had a duration of about 16 minutes, and there were no other videos downloaded and played.

I'm sure there was some slight background data going on (the two following 15 minutes periods showed 60 MB each). But what I think is that maybe I was at a location that had 10 Mbps connection speed, but they were "metering" me at that max bandwidth even though the actual downloaded data was far, far less than the maximum. I sent a message via their website and will see how they respond. It's less than $10 of data charges, which I'll still keep the device for its backup purposes in any case, but it would be so petty of them to make their money this way....
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#1479
Has anyone been able to use the 4G USB modem stick with Galaxy Note 2? I tried applying the Wiki instructions for using the device with Nexus 7, but even with a working micro USB OTG adapter, was unable to browse to the router's IP address on my Samsung mobile phone.
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#1480
Quote from xFrozen View Post :
For those of you who have FreedomPop, add me as a friend so we can both earn 50mb!
I have two emails since I own two devices so please add both. I check for invites multiple times a day so I will accept quickly. Thanks!

nealruark@gmail.com
motiuridentity@gmail.com
Thanks i needed some more junk email accts to give out when I don't want to get spammed LMAO
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#1481
ooh just noticed that the beta changed the amount of data given per friend from 10Mb to 50Mb per month. that's a pretty big change.
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#1482
I have not seen that change yet in my account, it still looks like 10mb*50 friends.
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#1483
I've recently canceled my AT&T service for my Samsung Skyrocket since I mostly work at home with GV and Obi, and can't see continuing to pay over $600 a year for the odd on-the-road phone call and checking Gmail. I've got GrooveIP installed as well, so no problem using GV via wi-fi or cellular.

I thought the FreedomPop free plan would work, and in theory didn't mind paying almost a hundred bucks with shipping for what would hopefully be a year or more of free occasional use service.

However, as Clear has spotty coverage here, and as I hope to buy a Nexus 10 or iPad in the coming months, I wanted to know more about their new table hardware, so I called. That call convinced me I might be better off spending that money over the course of a year by getting the lowest cost SIM plan I can find, like H2O or something else. And btw, if anyone here knows of a great SIM deal, please let me know.

First, it will be at least two months to their Sprint "roll out" (which will NOT be full coverage for months after that). And it will be at least that long until they offer the new router for tablets. So waiting until then seems sensible, since they will NOT be offering a trade-in for the Photon.

But it was asking about returns and warranty that really made this a 'stay away' proposition for me. First, they no longer view your giving them money for the Photon a 'lease' or 'deposit' - that made them too liable to credit card charge backs and having to refund the full price of the unit. No, this is now a buy, pure and simple. Strike One.

You have 30 days to return your product, and the sales person I spoke to would not admit to a restock fee. They have something more insidious: a 'use deduction' that they, and only they determine in terms of wear, and the amount they're willing to refund you. It could be 10% less, it could be 30% - or more - after less than a single month's use. It is at their sole discretion and cannot be questioned or denied. Strike Two.

Their product warranty is 90 days. Period. Your unit can't even turn on Day 91 - tough. You're SOOL. Just send 'em another $100, thanks. No thanks.What company charges that much for a product and only warranty's three months of use? A company whose business model is based on getting folks to buy double-the-otherwise-retail price for shoddy equipment. Thus, they assured me, there's no way to use Clear's own Photon that sells for less than fifty bucks. Strike Three and they're out.

Yep, I can see that on the surface this seems like a good deal compared to the insanely priced offerings from the Majors (which is what FreedomPop is no doubt counting on), but if they show any kind of profit at all, the Majors or some other start-up will imitate them in some fashion. If not today, then in the coming months. The market just works that way, and has for everything tech. So Patience, Grasshopper. Patience. Big Grin
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Quote from awriter View Post :
But it was asking about returns and warranty that really made this a 'stay away' proposition for me. First, they no longer view your giving them money for the Photon a 'lease' or 'deposit' - that made them too liable to credit card charge backs and having to refund the full price of the unit. No, this is now a buy, pure and simple. Strike One.


if they show any kind of profit at all, the Majors or some other start-up will imitate them in some fashion. If not today, then in the coming months. The market just works that way, and has for everything tech. So Patience, Grasshopper. Patience. Big Grin
They told you that top bit over the phone? I've never heard that before. You mean just going forward for new sign-ups or retroactive to early adoptors? If the latter then they're just begging for a lawsuit or two over the bait-and-switch.

Agree on your last point, but sometimes people don't want to wait. I also live in a major coverage area and find the signal quite spotty and frustrating at times.
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#1485
Quote from treMMor View Post :
They told you that top bit over the phone? I've never heard that before. You mean just going forward for new sign-ups or retroactive to early adoptors?
They did tell me that over the phone. I didn't ask about retroactive, sorry. However, I imagine that if your paperwork said 'deposit' there's no way they can change that and probably wouldn't try. Just to test I put a Photon in the cart, and it's clear it's a sale, not lease or deposit.

I understand not wanting to wait, too - but because of my phone situation, I'm lucky to have other choices, like a SIM card instead of MiFi.
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