FreedomPop, the company that is basically giving you online access for free, is expanding its coverage dramatically with the addition of 3G service via Sprint’s nationwide network. The company is now accepting orders for its first 3G/4G hotspot, the FreedomPop Overdrive Pro.
“The biggest criticism with our service to date has been the coverage gaps in certain parts of the country,” said Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop’s CEO. The company was initially planning to launch on Sprint’s 3G network, as well as its budding 4G LTE network at the same time.
But since Sprint’s LTE buildout has been slower than expected, FreedomPop has decided to offer 3G first, with an LTE device and support to come further down the pipeline.
The Overdrive Pro costs $39.99. If you already own a FreedomPop device, you can trade it in for the Overdrive Pro at no cost. You can connect up to five devices to it, and theoretically you can get speeds as high as 8Mbps down.
“We’re planning on launching our full national LTE rollout by the end of this year, but until then, adding nationwide 3G coverage gives users the ability to connect from anywhere,” Stokols said. So if you get an Overdrive Pro now, and want 4G LTE support in the future, you’re going to have to trade it in. The $39.99 price will go towards getting you an LTE hotspot. LTE devices will also have the ability to roam on 3G.
Visit Freedompop.com to see if your location qualifies for free internet on the go.