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August 07, 2013

FreedomPop Introduces LTE Hotspot with Free Internet Access

FreedomPop has unveiled the next phase of its bold mission to bring Internet access to all people with its new LTE hotspot. The new FreedomSpot 5580 LTE uses Sprint’s network and defaults to 3G when LTE is unavailable. Owners can connect up to 10 devices at a time over Wi-Fi to the broadband network. It includes a 1.54-inch OLED and ten hours of battery life on a single charge.

FreedomPop is offering the hotspot for an introductory price of $149, but the full price is $199. Once the initial cost is out of the way, users will get up to 500 megabytes of data free. While it’s inadequate for most heavy surfers, especially those who love to stream videos over YouTube or Netflix, it’s plenty for people who have simpler needs, such as light Web surfing or e-mail. Those who want more data can pay monthly fees or earn free data by connecting with friends or by participating on marketing offers.

The introduction of LTE comes as many providers are phasing out WiMAX, which FreedomPop has previously relied on. Users will get an average of 6 to 8 Mbps downstream, with a peak of 25 Mbps.

The new hotspot is just a part of the Los Angeles-based startups bold offerings. FreedomPop recently introduced a new sleeve for the iPod Touch, the Freedom Sleeve Rocket, which transforms it into a cheaper iPhone, adding 4G and WiMAX connectivity to the otherwise Wi-Fi-only device.

The company is also planning on introducing the Freedom Phone, an Android-based smartphone that will offer the same free 500 megabytes for month, plus an additional 200 minutes of talk time, as well as unlimited texting.

These new offerings bolster FreedomPop’s mission to offer free Internet access to all Americans. The company’s tagline on its website is, “The Internet is a right, not a privilege.”

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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