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How to Get Free Internet Every Month - FreedomPop Review

yuugotserved 130,834 May 14, 2014 at 01:25 PM


FreedomPop Photon Platinum 4G Mobile Hotspot [7eer.net]: FreedomPop Review

On a budget and can't pay for the monthly fees for a wifi hotspot? Freedompop could be your solution.

FreedomPop offers free wireless internet access for up to 500MB each and every month with the purchase of a hotspot. If you need more, you can easily find 10 Freedom Friends using this not so secret Slickdeals thread where tons of FreedomPop users have left their email address so you can connect, earn, and share. If that’s still not enough, upgrading is another option. 50% of FreedomPop users have opted into larger paid plans or services like Data Rollover. This is a great value for light to moderate internet users who need something on-the-go.

Performance/Speed Test
I live in an apartment building on the 20th floor and I can barely get any connection for T-Mobile unless I am near the window. The max download speed of this unit is 12MB/s. When I first turned on the device, the 4G LED was amber so I thought this meant a weak signal. After repositioning the device closer to the window, the LED turned solid green. Download speeds will vary but I had some pretty good results from SpeedTest.net and Speakeasy. I was able to obtain download speeds of ~10MB/s and upload speeds of 1.40MB/s from both sites. Surprisingly, I had a better connection with the hotspot than my T-Mobile Nexus 5 (8.60MB/s down and ~1MB/s up http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/769336398). Overall, I was satisfied with the speeds, but YMMV depending on your location.



Inside the box, you will receive the following:
• FreedomPop Photon Platinum 4G Mobile Hotspot
• Micro USB charging cable
• AC adapter (1A output)
• Quick Connect guide



The hotspot itself is pretty compact and can easily fit in your pocket. The device is roughly 2.5”x2.5”. For a size comparison, I took a picture of the device next to my Nexus 5.

Ease of Setup
Hold the power button for roughly 2-3 seconds and the power LED will be solid red. Once the 4G LED stops flashing you can connect your device. Depending on the signal, the 4G LED will either be amber or solid green.

Configuration
There is not a lot of configuration required; you simply turn on the device, connect to it and you should be access to the internet in under 5 mins. To access the configuration page once you’re connected, browse to 192.168.1.1 and enter “admin” (without the quotes) for the password. You will see the following page after you logging in:

This summary page highlights the different statuses (4G and WiFi) and provides basic information about the device.

The navigation menu on the left side is pretty straightforward. You are able to perform some tasks like setting up the device and configuring network name and security, updating firmware, viewing/monitoring 4G status and signal strength, configuring port forwarding, viewing devices currently connected and a variety of router settings.

Additionally, from FreedomPop’s website, you can monitor your data usage, although there is a 3-hour delay on actual data usage.



Get a great deal from FreedomPop today!

Over 85% off 4G Platinum hotspot refurbished [7eer.net] ($99)+ 2GB High Speed Internet ($17.99) + Travel Car Charger ($17.99) + 500MB Bonus($10) + Free Shipping

DISCLAIMER: I was given this device by FreedomPop to review. I am simply providing my thoughts and opinions so that I can share this with our members, and hopefully you will find this useful.

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#2
They offer free data cell phone services too.
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#3
would be nice
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#4
So I ordered the device but while I'm looking on the website, I don't see a way to cancel the monthly charge to just get the 500MB of data. Will I just see this after I get the device set-up, or what do I need to do to do this?
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Quote from serotoninzero View Post :
So I ordered the device but while I'm looking on the website, I don't see a way to cancel the monthly charge to just get the 500MB of data. Will I just see this after I get the device set-up, or what do I need to do to do this?
It's found under the plan terms. It seems you just have to cancel the paid portions:

https://www.freedompop.com/servic..._terms.htm

FreedomPop offers a variety of monthly plans (each a "Monthly Plan") for its Broadband Service consisting of: (a) a free Monthly Plan providing a broadband data allocation of 500mb each month at no cost to you

Also, it appears that you can actually get it up to a total of a gig per month for free by using the email addresses of others as well.

You may earn additional broadband capacity each month by connecting with your friends on the FreedomPop broadband network using the 'Friend Finder' feature on the Site. You'll earn 10mb of additional broadband capacity per month for each of your friends who is an active subscriber (in good standing) to the Broadband Service (as determined by FreedomPop) on your monthly billing date, up to a cap of 500mb per month.
I hope that helps!

-Bartleby
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Quote from BartlebyX View Post :
It's found under the plan terms. It seems you just have to cancel the paid portions:

https://www.freedompop.com/servic..._terms.htm




Also, it appears that you can actually get it up to a total of a gig per month for free by using the email addresses of others as well.



I hope that helps!

-Bartleby

I think there are different plans, and some features FP sells. (e.g. rollover data, larger data cap, etc)

If you want to use it for free completely, I have Free 500MB (500 MB/month) Plan and I turn off Automatic Top-up

I also have their cell service which is about $13/month flat without contract (unlimited voice, text and 500MB data).

However, NEVER EVER fall for HTC EVO 4G device. It's complete JUNK. Either BYOD or get the Galaxy S2 (Model #: SPH-D710).


It's a great company, do have some patience and any technical knowledge will be appreciated.

In the end of the day, just remember it's a fairly small wireless carrier that is working hard to create some competition in this saturated market. Smilie

worshipworshipwoot
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#7
i got it on an earlier SD deal. the battery died after a month. it still works but i had to buy an external battery pack to power it. another big problem is calling to cancel the 2 gig trial. customer service doesnt answer the phone. i suggest calling 15 mins. before 5 pm PDT. then another thing is they secretly have a premier service that has another phone number that you have to call to cancel that. it is not cancelled when you cancel the trial offer. very shady! they refunded me all the extra charges after i kept complaining. otherwise i would never buy something from them in the future. i'm still open to getting a device when they upgrade to LTE because of that. also the "freedompop" member here is of great help if you have problems. if you dont mind all the problems, then this is a great deal. where else can you get free mobile internet free monthly? although the LTE upgrade may come 2015 rendering this device useless. hopefully they will provide existing users a free or very low priced LTE device.
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#8
I have been using the HTC EVO for about half a year. It's not a good phone but it works.

$69 here...
http://www.neweggflash.com/Produc...id=8562700

Quote from lanfunzu View Post :

However, NEVER EVER fall for HTC EVO 4G device. It's complete JUNK. Either BYOD or get the Galaxy S2 (Model #: SPH-D710).

worshipworshipwoot
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#9
Correct link for $69 freedompop HTC evo...

http://www.neweggflash.com/Product/75-502-217
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#10
Links are not working for some reason but you can search for freedompop on that website and it is there. Seems like sale expires Thursday though
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#11
Caution to all: this is WiMax, not 4GLTE. No 3G. Buyer beware.
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Quote from BartlebyX View Post :
Also, it appears that you can actually get it up to a total of a gig per month for free by using the email addresses of others as well.
The way you worded that makes it look like you work for Freedompop.

10mb for each friend who is subscribed. You would have to have 50 friends subscribed in order to get 500 extra mb. Ain't gonna happen to anyone. Period.
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Quote from BargainBob View Post :
The way you worded that makes it look like you work for Freedompop.

10mb for each friend who is subscribed. You would have to have 50 friends subscribed in order to get 500 extra mb. Ain't gonna happen to anyone. Period.
It's 50 MB/friend, not sure why it says 10MB in that documentation, so you only need 10. I've gotten 2 of these in the last week, using the referenced thread, I had both up to the max 500 MB extra in less than 24 hours.
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#14
I don't care how careful you are signing up, if you are purely after the free service they will find a way to start charging you for something. Go into it knowing that getting free service is going to take some effort on your part. Just pay attention to your account and call and cancel any service they tack on to your account. It may take a few attempts to get through but they are nice enough once you get someone on the phone.
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#15
It was easy for me to do last year

Quote from alcheez View Post :
It's 50 MB/friend, not sure why it says 10MB in that documentation, so you only need 10. I've gotten 2 of these in the last week, using the referenced thread, I had both up to the max 500 MB extra in less than 24 hours.
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