When I initially heard of FreedomPop I simply passed it by. It seemed to good to be true. “Free 4G Internet!!” Yea, right. I’ve gotten emails by the truckload offering me the same thing. They sent me a few reminders each week, most recently offering to include a extra free 1GB if I signed up. I finally decided to bite the bullet, as I was sick and tired of dealing with locked down airport WiFi when traveling.
During initial signup you can choose between a few different 4G devices. A USB stick, a “puck” that allows multiple devices to connect, or an iPod touch case. Each has a different deposit requirement, and I went with the USB as it was the cheapest. It came in at $50, plus tax, plus ~$10 shipping. They also automatically enroll you into a “to-up” program, where you get an extra 100MB added to your account for a few bucks once you get within 100MB of your monthly allotment. I turned that feature off, and then was informed that by turning auto top-up I’m actually limited to 400MB a month, instead of the advertised 500, because the system won’t let me within 100MB of my allotment without top-up.
Despite those annoyances, it seems to work just as easily as they say. I hooked it up and ran a speedtest inside my apartment.
I haven’t been able to give it a great testing yet, and I’m going to be saving that sweet 400MB for when I’m outside my apartment, but I’ll be reporting further findings as I go.