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FreedomPop brings free plans to iPad mini, Galaxy Tab 3

07/30, 10:48am

Beginning of greater tablet support

Free voice, texting, and data service provider FreedomPop is extending its plans to tablets, starting with the Apple iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, according to an announcement. In the case of Minis, subscribers will be given mic-equipped Apple headphones and a special app, allowing them to make calls through FreedomPop's VoIP platform. Each person will have a unique phone number, and associated features such as voicemail and the ability to port that number to a different device or carrier.

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FreedomPop expanding to Europe with trial service in Belgium

07/10, 10:31am

Free FreedomPop service will be similar to current US plan

FreedomPop, a carrier which offers free cellular service for smartphones, is going to expand its service into Europe. The mobile phone network will be teaming up with Netherlands-based carrier KPN to test the service in Belgium, before working with other providers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain, along with Pacific Rim markets in the "coming months."

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FreedomPop plans app-specific data plans, sponsored data allowances

06/24, 7:36am

Paid, sponsored cellular access for specific apps mulled by FreedomPop for Q3 launch

Sprint-based wireless provider FreedomPop could soon change the way it offers data allowances to its users, with an app-focused approach. A report claims the company is testing app-based data allowances, letting users pay for bandwidth for specific smartphone apps, on top of the current 500MB free cellular usage the carrier provides its customers each month.

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FreedomPop launches Privacy Phone with encrypted calls, texts

03/05, 11:44am

Privacy-oriented offering from FreedomPop adds protection to

FreedomPop is entering the secure smartphone market, with the launch of the Privacy Phone. Just like the Boeing Black and the Blackphone from Silent Circle and Geeksphone, the Privacy Phone boasts a number of security features not typically offered in normal smartphones, such as 128-bit encryption of voice calls and text messages, as well filtering data traffic via a virtual private network (VPN) before reaching the Internet itself.

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FreedomPop extends free and low-cost tiers to all Sprint phones

11/19, 10:59am

Will soon support older iPhones

Sprint-based wireless provider FreedomPop has announced that people with an existing Sprint phone can now activate a device on its service. The company offers extremely low-cost data plans, including a free tier with 500MB of data, 500 text messages, and 200 voice minutes. To get access, though, people previously had to pay $99 for an HTC Evo Design, a phone which is now largely obsolete.

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FreedomPop launches free smartphone service in United States

10/01, 12:34pm

Free service offers 200 minutes, 500MB, 500 texts each month

Mobile data provider FreedomPop has launched its free cellular service for smartphones, one it revealed in July. The service, which provides a free allocation of data, voice minutes and text messages each month, similar to its existing free Internet hotspot service, with the carrier using Clearwire's WiMax 4G phone network for coverage.

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FreedomPop apologizes for WiMax iPod touch case delays

06/29, 4:34pm

Carrier says iPod touch case caught up at FCC

FreedomPop, the service looking to disrupt the low end of the wireless industry with free service and low cost devices, apologized this week for delays in shipping its WiMax iPod touch cover. The cover, FreedomPop says, is caught up in the approval process at the Federal Communications Commission. To make it up to pre-orderers, the company is offering a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2GB of free data, as well as the possibility of a free sleeve.

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FreedomPop prepares carrier with free services for summer launch

06/05, 10:15am

Free voice, data allocations supplemented by up-front phone cost, extras

Mobile data provider FreedomPop is expanding its service to offer voice calls and text messages at no charge to its customers. The carrier, working over WiMAX and CDMA with future use of Sprint's LTE network promised, will be offering free data, voice calls using VoIP and texts every month to buyers of its hardware, and is gearing up to launch the service this summer.

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FreedomPop expands 3G coverage, announces Overdrive Pro for Sprint

04/24, 1:13pm

Ties to Sprint network may make service more useful

Mobile data provider FreedomPop has announced an expansion of its 3G coverage through support for Sprint. The change is effective immediately, and should enable nationwide access, solving some complaints about gaps in the carrier's service. The company sells cases and hotspots that enable otherwise Wi-Fi-only devices to get 3G/4G connections; each accessory comes with 500MB of free 4G data per month.

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FreedomPop aims to disrupt home broadband with Hub Burst

12/12, 1:12pm

Home modem comes with 1GB free data per month

FreedomPop, maker of 4G WiMAX cases for iOS devices, is expanding into the home broadband Internet market, the company announced today. The firm that calls itself "America's new free Internet company" announced the pre-order availability of its new Hub Burst, a home modem providing free high-speed Internet for homes and small offices at speeds faster than typical DSL. FreedomPop, which has plans ranging from free to $29 per month, is currently accepting applicants to a beta program for the new service.

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FreedomPop debuts WiMAX case for iPod touch

10/29, 11:25am

iPhone case slated for November

FreedomPop has launched the Freedom Sleeve Rocket, a promised case for the iPod touch. The accessory costs $99, but opens access to FreedomPop's 4G services, which run on Clearwire's WiMAX network. The first 500MB of data is free, but costs go up to $10 per GB after that threshold. The current case also only works with third- and fourth-generation Touches.

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FreedomPop launches free WiMAX services as a public beta

10/01, 8:32am

FreedomPop free wireless service goes live in beta form

FreedomPop has finally launched its promised free WiMAX wireless broadband services. Users will need to place a refundable deposit down on their choice of a wireless hotspot ($89), USB dongle ($49), iPhone 4/4S case ($99) or an iPod touch case ($99). In return, the first 500MB of data will be offered free, with a flat fee of $10 per GB promised should users exceed their free monthly allowance.

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FreedomPop case turns iPod into 4G phone

07/31, 12:59pm

FreedomPop partners with Sprint, Clear

FreedomPop has announced a new 4G-enabled case that effectively turns an iPod Touch into an iPhone. The new Freedom Sleeve for iPod Touch comes with free broadband access, which users can upgrade for a fee. The company is now taking pre-orders for the WiMax device.

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FreedomPop taking pre-orders for $99 WiMax iPhone case

05/11, 6:56am

FreedomPop 4G iPhone case goes up for pre-order

FreedomPop is now taking pre-orders for its embedded WiMax and LTE iPhone 4/4S case, which first appeared in March. The company is the latest brainchild of Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom and aims to offer users ‘free wireless broadband’ using a freemium service model. Users who put down $99 for a case will get up to 500MB of free data per month in an iPhone accessory that offers users the ability to access 4G speeds, FaceTime video calls, as well as the ability to act as an external battery charger.

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FreedomPop to bring free wireless data in iPhone case?

03/21, 7:05am

FreedomPop rumored to have hotspot case plans

More details have emerged about Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom’s latest project FreedomPop. It’s stated goal has been to bring ‘free wireless broadband’ to consumers by using a WiMax-based freemium service. While details had been sketchy, a ‘high-level’ source has revealed that the service will be offered integrated as a Wi-Fi hotspot in an iPhone 4/4S case.

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