The startup, which offers free limited internet access, plans to release a new FreedomPop “LTE Clip” that attaches to and offers them free mobile WiFi, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Clip’s LTE service will be provided by Sprint Nextel‘s network and is expected to be released in the second half of this year.
FreedomPop’s $99 iPhone Sleeve has been delayed. Its WiMax radio sits right next to the iPhone’s cellular radio. But since the FCC has never tested a device with a “radio-against-radio” design,” the agency had to do more extensive testing, slowing down its approval process, says the company.
FreedomPop is offering a pre-order on an AC-powered WiMax home modem with built-in WiFi. The life expectancy of the WiMax modem could be short, however, with Sprint phasing out WiMax for TD-LTE in the 2.6 GHz band beginning this year.
FreedomPop customers get 500 MB of data for free each month and can earn up to an additional 1 GB of free data by referring friends to the service. Customers can also purchase prepaid data: 1 GB of data costs $10 and 5 GB costs $35. Unlimited WiMax service costs $35/month through Clear, without a contract.