FreedomPop is officially launching its freemium mobile broadband service using Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX network today. The company plans to expand its service to Sprint’s CDMA and LTE networks in the first quarter of 2013.
The company is conducting a beta test in which it will initially limit the number of customers and then expand that amount over the next several months. At launch, FreedomPop will offer users a sleeve that customers can attach to an Apple iPhone 4/4S that will provide WiFi via Clearwire’s WiMAX service. FreedomPOP will also offer a USB modem, called Bolt, for $49 and a mobile hotspot, called Photon for $89 which can connect up to eight devices. The device fees are refundable if returned.
Customers get 500 MB of data free each month. They can earn up to an additional 1 GB of free data by referring friends to the service. For each friend a customer refers, they will get an additional 10 MB of data per month for free for every month they are a customer. Customers can also get free data by taking part in special offers and promotions such as watching a video ad or participate in a survey.
Customers can also purchase prepaid data: 1 GB of data costs $10 and 5 GB costs $35. Both price points are below comparable offerings from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Clearwire provides services to 88 markets in the United States covering 134 million potential subscribers with WiMAX in the 2.5 GHz band and plans to have LTE – Advanced in 100 markets by the end of the year. Many of the 5,000 LTE sites due by June 30th will target high-traffic areas.
CLEAR’s WiFi Hot Spot costs $49 for unlimited data, and costs $35/mo for 1.5 Mbps service or $50/mo for 3-6 Mbps service (both unlimited).
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