Today, NetZero announced a new program that provides free data to any Facebook user. With the NetZero 4G Data Share Plan, you can claim up to 1 gigabyte of free data per month. Once you receive this gig, you can give it out to your friends, and those with a NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband account can use this data in the 80 market coverage area at no cost.
Here’s how it works:
- Anyone who enrolls in the NetZero 4G Data Share Program receives one gigabyte of free data each month to give to their friends via Facebook.
- Friends can claim the data in increments of 200 megabytes up to one gigabyte a month.
- Data claimed through the NetZero 4G Data Share Program can be used with any NetZero Mobile Broadband account, including the free version.
Coinciding with the Data Share Program launch, NetZero is now offering NetZero 4G Broadband devices at 50% off; including the NetZero Stick which is now $24.98 ($49.95) and the Mobile Hotspot, which is now $49.98 ($99.95). Netzero uses Clearwire’s 4G service, which is available in about 70 cities.
Several new business models offer “free” or low-cost wireless broadband:
- Wireless startup Karma is offering a hotspot that accesses Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX network but allows users to open it up to the public. Users pay $69 to buy a mobile hotspot and then pay $14 per GB of data. The hotspot is then opened up to the public. When a new user joins, that user is taken to a page where public users can then sign in with their Facebook account to get 100 MB of free browsing. For every new user who signs in, the owner of the hotspot also gets 100 MB of free data.
- Solavei launched in September with a $49 unlimited voice, text and data plan. The MVNO rides on T-Mobile USA’s GSM network with a $49 startup fee. The company sells HTC One S, HTC Wildfire or ZTE Origin smartphones, which range in price from $160 to $500.
- Ting, a Sprint Nextel MVNO run by Internet domain company Tucows, offers a shared data plan. Ting customers will be able to share data, as well as voice and texts, across unlimited devices on one account. Each active device will cost just $6 a month. Ting said it plans to release a number of LTE devices for Sprint’s LTE network. Ting currently offers a number of EV-DO Android smartphones, including the WiMAX-capable Samsung Galaxy S II 4G.
- Republic Wireless pledged “unlimited” voice and data service for $19 per month, but only if most traffic was routed to Wi-Fi. Currently, customers pay $199 up front for their first month of service and for the LG Optimus smartphone running version 2.3 Android. If customers want to continue with the no-contract service, they can pay $19 a month plus taxes after that, but can cancel the service at any time without an early termination fee.
- FreedomPop. FreedomPop’s $99 iPhone case promises free broadband. You can get up to 500 MB free every month using their mobile WiFi unit that uses a built-in WiMax radio.
- The $49 Clear HotSpot gets you unlimited data for $34.99/mo, with no contract, but limits speed to 1.5 Mbps. The $49.99 service package gets you true unlimited data from both Clear and Virgin Mobile, with no preset speed caps.
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