Free stuff is pretty cool. Free internet is even cooler—and free internet that is actually free is the coolest. If you would rather avoid sitting in a Starbucks and having to listen to hipsters discuss the proper length of cropped jeans, then this should be of interest.
The sleeve gives up to 4G speeds by using cellular towers from ClearWire. The sleeve costs $99, but customers will then have access to 500 megabytes of data every month and the ability to earn up to 5 GB of free data by inviting friends and taking part in offers and promotions.
Needless to say, a one time investment of $99 is going to be way cheaper then opting for a monthly data plan from your cell phone company or having to deal with data overages and fees. And since the sleeve practically turns an iPod into a iPhone, customers can opt to buy the cheaper iPod and skip the cost of the pricier iPhone and cellular plan. The company is accepting pre-orders now.
In addition, FreedomPop recently announced that it's now offering a beta service that gives users 500 megabytes a month of free 4G internet with a wireless hotspot and USB stick.
This is great news for people looking to either supplement their current data plans or avoid having to buy a data plan at all. Identical to the sleeve breakdown, users will have access to 500 megabytes of free 4G service with the ability to snag up to 5 gigabytes by signing up for partner programs and promotions. 5 gigabytes of data would cost you $50 a month if you have AT&T and up to $70 with Verizon.
There are no data caps, no speed downgrades, and no contracts. The wireless hotspot can connect up to 8 devices while the USB stick is great for your laptop or tablet.
The company is accepting pre-orders on their website for those that are within the qualifying areas. Both devices are free, but the company does ask for a completely refundable security deposit—$49 for the USB stick and $89 for the modem. For those that want even more data the company offers super cheap data plans starting at $17.99 for 2GB and $28.99 for 4GB. All of the products are shipped on a first-come-first-serve basis, so if you are interested it's better to act sooner rather than later.
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