Freedom(Pop) isn’t (completely) Free

Oh how I hate blister packs
Oh how I hate blister packs

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.

Yellow/amber indicates searching for 4G
Yellow/amber indicates searching for 4G
Green means connected!

Despite those annoyances, it seems to work just as easily as they say.  I hooked it up and ran a speedtest inside my apartment.

Not bad for free
Not bad for free

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.

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