FreedomPop announced on Tuesday that its mobile coverage now includes Sprint's 4G LTE network, meaning users will supposedly have free high-speed 4G LTE connectivity across the nation wherever Sprint provides coverage.
FreedomPop is unique in that it offers a contract-free plan that provides 200 free anytime voice minutes, free unlimited texting, 500 MB of free data each month, and free unlimited calls to other FreedomPop users. What's the catch? You need a FreedomPop hotspot or adapter which isn't free. With that, the company has also introduced its new FreedomPop 5580 LTE mobile hotspot, the company’s first device to run on Sprint’s expanded nationwide LTE network.
According to the company, the new hotspot promises average download speeds between 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps, and peak speeds up to 25 Mbps. Other features include 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, GPS over Wi-Fi, a 1.54 inch OLED display, and support for up to 10 simultaneously connected devices.
"As with previous FreedomPop plans, users will automatically receive 500 MB of free data each month, while having the ability to leverage their networks to share and request extra bandwidth from friends, and earn additional data by participating in partner promotions," the company said.
The Basic plan, mentioned above, offers the free goods, providing 500 MB per month without a contract, but is 4G only. The Pro package has the same data amount, but throws in 3G connectivity as well for $3.99 USD per month. After that there are five Premium packages offering 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 5 GB and 10 GB per month costing $19.99, $28.99, $34.99, $39.99 and $89.99 per month respectively. Each plan also has a per-MB overage fee as well.
FreedomPop is currently offering the Pro and Premium plans for free for the first month. After that, customers must lock into one of the plans to continue to access the internet through their FreedomPop hotspot or adapter. These devices include the Rocket which transforms an iPod Touch into a 4G LTE phone, and the USB-based Bolt adapter for laptops.
"With LTE network coverage reaching critical mass, we are now able to offer our customers the fastest 4G service for free," said Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop’s CEO. "We’re taking our free Internet model to the next level, giving customers unprecedented access to the best mobile network performance available."
FreedomPop plans to introduce several other devices on Sprint’s LTE network later this year, including smartphones through its new Freedom Phone plans.