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FreedomPop is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses Sprint’s WiMax network to provide 4G wireless to its customers. Most individuals use major phone carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but FreedomPop has an advantage: it can offer affordable pricing, social media tasks that earn you additional data each month, as well as the freedom of abandoning a plan and jumping to another at any time. When FreedomPop first introduced its 4G wireless, the iPod Touch sleeve was the first item available; next came the 4G photon mobile hotspot device and the USB stick. FreedomPop produced an iPhone sleeve for the iPhones 4 and 4S, but it is still tied up with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the idea of free 4 GLTE, considering that carriers charge for the service. Although FreedomPop only wants to provide 500MB of 4G wireless, it is still 500MB too much for some.
FreedomPop did not stop there with its iSleeves; the company recently added a “freemium” texting and phone service to go along with its Internet service. Users will be given 500MB of free texting and phone calls until they are forced to earn their additional data by completing certain monetary offers or pay for an additional data service on a monthly basis (subject to cancellation at any time). It seems that FreedomPop is shaking up the telecommunications industry as we know it.
Now, for those who want cellular connectivity for their iPad, FreedomPop now offers an LTE iPad clip for sale. The LTE iPad clip costs $99 (as well as the iPod Touch sleeve, photon hotspot, and iPhone sleeve) and will provide 500MB of free 4G wireless each month. You can earn extra data each month by completing FreedomPop offers, or through the purchase of a plan. The clip may seem ideal for some, but it does seem a bit “jutted” on the iPad. My best suggestion is to get an iPod Touch sleeve or photon hotspot and sit them near the iPad when in use (rather than place something on the iPad). FreedomPop’s network works wonderfully on any device. I have used it on my iPhone 4S, as well as my Samsung Galaxy S3 (which is locked on US Cellular’s network).
I have used FreedomPop’s service for the last four or five months, and the service is worth every penny you pay for it. I receive excellent 4G wireless in my area, and Sprint’s network is superb. I have used my 4G from FreedomPop to watch movies and shows with my Hulu subscription, and the 4G works better than my own Wi-Fi connection. It is also easy to set up and use, and does not take forever. Once the device is connected to your account, you can start to use it. The only thing I wish for is more 4G data for monthly use. While I have been using the free 500MB each month, I am prepared to enroll in a monthly plan. I recommend that you do the same.