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Refurbished: Freedompop Free Wireless Internet with Photon 4G Hotspot-Platinum Edition $14.99 FREE SHIPPING

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I've had the Platinum 4G for several of months now and works pretty good in Los Angeles. Not super fast, but can't complain for something free.  If you buy from sources other than Freedompop and then register, you can just sign up for the free 500mg and do not have to cancel anything.  Also, do not even get close to 400meg, otherwise they will get you with the auto refill.  I was at 390meg and turned of my device.  But somehow they still tried to auto refill.  

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Depends on how you use it of course, but fair to say 500 Mb could equate to 15 sessions of 1-2 hours of surfing each.

lexcurat (Jun. 09, 2014 @ 7:38p) |

Depends on how you use it of course, but fair to say 500 Mb could equate to 15 sessions of 1-2 hours of surfing each.

lexcurat (Jun. 09, 2014 @ 7:38p) |

My uncle recently got one. You really have to be really really careful when you sign up. I have been using Freedompop fo... (more)

ElectricGerm (Jul. 15, 2014 @ 1:13a) |

QS for every Freedompop 4G thread:
It's good if the following conditions are met:
1) You live/work in an area that gets 4G/Wimax coverage
2) You are willing to jump through a couple of hoops to make sure you don't get charged additional fees.
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In for one, thanks OP - would be nice to have as a back up access point. $90 from Freedom Pop direct so this is great time to jump on the Freedom Pop bandwagon.

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Got one. Not sure how useful it will be considering 500MB of "free" data every month.

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I always thought it was weird that the home service is 1GB but hot spot is 500MB

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delhel said:   Got one. Not sure how useful it will be considering 500MB of "free" data every month.
Find some friends on SD to get up to another 500MB free.

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Same price three months ago.

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/expired-deals/1344912/ 

Thanks Dave for the tips
xarmian said:   Freedompop has been great for me.. Here's my advice:

1. Don't bother signing up for the promotional "2GB free" offer. It's not worth the hassle to downgrade. If possible, skip it and start with the free 500 meg plan.
2. Downgrading/changing your plan online is usually possible (except when you sign up for the promo offer, I think -- it sometimes gives you an error when you try to downgrade and makes you call customer service), but their website still makes it intentionally difficult. Look for little text links at the bottom of pages to find your way to the cancel/downgrade options. Also, their iOS app can be easier to use to change plans, except it crashes constantly.
3. If you "connect" with up to 10 "friends" (there's a howardforums thread and websites dedicated to helping connect "friends" for this), you get 50megs/mo free on top of your 500megs. This means you easily get 1 gig a month, which makes the whole deal a whole bunch better. Connecting is just a matter of entering another user's email address and having it confirmed by the other person. The 50 megs for each friend is every month, so you end up with a gig/mo.
4. Get a 3G/4G hotspot instead of the 4G-only ones (i.e. get an Overdrive Pro). At $4/mo you can choose to use 3g "fallback", and you can just activate it for the months you want. I have good Wimax in my home city, but when I travel I pay the $4 for 3g service. A gig of 3g/4g service for $4 is great.
5. Make sure to disable auto top-up.

One last disclaimer. I say "500 megs" and "1 gig" because that's Freedompop's language, but in reality if you disable auto top-up the service stops working 100 megs before your limit, so really it's 400 megs/900 megs. Just something to keep in mind.

Dave
 

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How much is the monthly fee for using it?

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One like this was posted in the forums a couple days ago for $25.00


And if what I'm reading is correct, it says "Get 500MB 100% FREE every month, no questions asked". If you go over that amount, I'm not sure how much they'll charge you.

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I got one from Groupon for almost one month. After you receive and activate it, you should go to web to check whether you are subscribed to any "service" which will charge you. Other than that, it should be all free within 500MB.
ps: the coverage is OK in NYC Metro area, but not in Long Island although the coverage map claimes so.
It is good to use it as my commute hotspot for my tablet.

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If you have 4G coverage you are good, if not than you have to pay $3.99 for 500 MB on 3G network, after that 2 pennies/MB. This service runs on Sprint network which is famous for its lightning fast "Turtle" speed network. Freedompop = Freedompoop IMHO

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500 /months free is not bad. Any small print I should know?

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FP FAQ 

Terms & Cond. 

If you can't get past the "See if your location qualifies" popup, it's not worth it...keep getting "Please check form fields for valid input" with valid address.

mobile-broadband-services-review.toptenreviews 
mobile-broadband said: Pros With free access to 500MB of 4G data, Freedompop is a superb choice for extremely light users.

Cons The deals the company offers on its website change constantly, and you have to pay to call customer support.

The Verdict : 7.15/10 Freedompop is designed for those who don't do much on the internet other than browse Facebook and check email. If you fall into that category, though, it's one of the cheapest options available, and might even be free.
 


 

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anyone get one that lives in nyc? wondering whats the coverage on this thing?

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Duckxtales said:   anyone get one that lives in nyc? wondering whats the coverage on this thing?
  You must provide this info to get coverage:
 

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flyhighutah said:   If you have 4G coverage you are good, if not than you have to pay $3.99 for 500 MB on 3G network, after that 2 pennies/MB. This service runs on Sprint network which is famous for its lightning fast "Turtle" speed network. Freedompop = Freedompoop IMHO
  
NO !!  The Photon does not revert to 3G if 4G is not available.  It reverts to being a paperweight.  (And not a very good one; you won't believe hot small and light this thing actually is.)  The MiFi and Overdrive will back down to 3G, so that is what country folk will need.  Or those who frequent such places.

Sprint 4G is as fast or slightly faster than so-called 4G that I get from my T-Mobile phone. And, it's FREE !!  For another year or so until the  Wimax system is shut down.

This price is great, the service is generally good with the Photon if you are in urban territory.  But if you want to ensure your free status, be sure to use a gift card with just a few pennies on it, rather than a real credit card, after you buy it.  Go into your account and change it.  Otherwise, chances are good that you will be charged for various gotchas that are rampant with Freedompop.  If it does happen, various posters complain that customer service is virtually non-existent, so good luck getting it fixed without filing a dispute with your credit card company.

My FIOS was out for 4 hours a couple of months ago.  One of my FreedomPops fed my Roku that evening, or it would have been no Netflix for me! OK, so it turns out that this is a violation of their TOS.  But shows that backups are nice.

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I think there was a recent deal about a FP OverDrive for $25. That is definitely a better deal. WiMax 4G is very spotty and it will only shrink.

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Price point is good and my location has good (at least for now) coverage, so in for one. I am not, of course I am new, one of the people we see who yell no at anything like this... I see them too often. It actually makes me want to not post at all (of course I have been told if it makes me feel that way, then I don't deserve to post) anyway, long story, short result. Green for OP in for 1.

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Anyone know if I can simply transfer my (already existing) service to this thing? I lost my last photon and was accumulating GBs with the "rollover" plan.

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Duckxtales said:   anyone get one that lives in nyc? wondering whats the coverage on this thing?
I can only vouch for financial district, but I have had good luck most places getting a signal on 4G downtown. 

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Actually if you look above, I posted the coverage in NYC.
I got fair good signal in mid town as well. But if you are indoor, you may need put ur widget at the window to receive the signal.
 

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From what I remember, if you don't use 5 MB a month, they charge you $1. Is that still true? So you definitely want to make sure you use at least 5 MB per month and under 400MB to stay free

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Duckxtales said:   anyone get one that lives in nyc? wondering whats the coverage on this thing?
  it works great for me all around from 120th street all the way to soho. I use it almost daily for my ipad.

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I live in San Diego, and I bought one a few months ago, thinking it is free each month, can't lose. Well, I have yet to receive any signal on my device, and good luck getting a real person to talk to or fining their customer support.

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robstrash said:   From what I remember, if you don't use 5 MB a month, they charge you $1. Is that still true? So you definitely want to make sure you use at least 5 MB per month and under 400MB to stay free
Not the case anymore. They stopped doing that almost a year ago, though a few people reported that they were still being charged. 

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robstrash said:   From what I remember, if you don't use 5 MB a month, they charge you $1. Is that still true? So you definitely want to make sure you use at least 5 MB per month and under 400MB to stay free
Not the case anymore. They stopped doing that almost a year ago, though a few people reported that they were still being charged. 

  
New accounts are not charged.  They are phasing out the $1 charge on older accounts.. slowly it seems.  This info is in their FAQ section.

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carriage614 said:   I live in San Diego, and I bought one a few months ago, thinking it is free each month, can't lose. Well, I have yet to receive any signal on my device, and good luck getting a real person to talk to or fining their customer support.
  
Pretty likely, you have a defective unit.  It's possible for the Photon to work well in one spot, and not work a block away.  If you've tried in several urban locations and get nothing, the device is the problem.

Wimax does use a frequency that penetrates buildings somewhat poorly.  At least try putting the unit on a window sill.

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Got this offer today in email, looks interesting, very interesting provided you can get good 4G/3G in your coverage, which I can't:

FP Offer 

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FP Offer said: Casual 2GB - 100% FREE for the first month. This trial is only available for a limited time. You can cancel your trial anytime by contacting customer support. You'll continue to receive 2 GB every month for only $17.99 after your trial period expires.

Freedompop Premier - 100% FREE for the first month. After first month you will continue to receive Freedompop Premier every month for $9.99 after your trial period expires.

Cancel anytime on the site or by contacting customer support. Your subscription begins when you click Activate.

Cancel service by contacting support. By clicking Activate, you authorize Freedompop to charge the Total provided above at the beginning of each subscription period. You can change your plan at anytime. See Terms of Use for subscription details.

Notice the number of times "cancel" is used, weird...I find when a company uses "cancel" a lot it means it's difficult to actually (they've got your card, unless you block them with your card company) cancel. I may be wrong about FP.

 

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Got mine today and had problems registering using Firefox so switched over to IE and it worked fine. I disabled the auto-fill feature too.

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Activation says it will take 10 minutes. I've restarted several times and it's been 30 minutes, yet still not connected. Will allow more time but if not connected by tomorrow, will have to look into their so called "support".

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Unit finally connected to the cell towers. Unfortunately not a very solid connection here (0.11Mbps Down) on 2 bars of service. Well try some other locations and see if this thing is worth keeping.

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Tested at my office with 3 bars of service and got 3-4 Mbps Down, 0.25 Mbps UP. Was able to watch a youtube video at 480p without any buffering. Not bad for a free service..

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Blurryeyed, sounds like you are going to burn through your 500mb quick and will have to start paying extra soon. Be careful when using bandwidth calculators as they use up a large amount of your data... Anyway I am glad it works well for you. I am happy with mine as well.

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It said $0.00 monthly but the initial charge Due Today $46.98

you have to choose you don't want offers and trials, and then you can get in to your account and turn off auto refill

Problem is I am logged into my accounf and never made a password. Tried resetting it but never got an email.
 

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dealhunter117 said:   Blurryeyed, sounds like you are going to burn through your 500mb quick and will have to start paying extra soon. Be careful when using bandwidth calculators as they use up a large amount of your data... Anyway I am glad it works well for you. I am happy with mine as well.

I'm not too concerned.

I turned off auto-top up to avoid any fees and a speed test only uses about 5 MB. I already have a Verizon iPhone 5 w/ tethering (2GB quota). I purchased this device just to see if it would work for a family member without internet for general web/email usage.

After 4-5 speed tests and one 1 min youtube video at 480p, I'm at: 50MB used. Sure, 10% in 3 days time but it was testing. If it works for my family and they want more, then I'll tell them about the $18 service plan for 2GB.

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lyubomirb said:   It said $0.00 monthly but the initial charge Due Today $46.98

you have to choose you don't want offers and trials, and then you can get in to your account and turn off auto refill

Problem is I am logged into my accounf and never made a password. Tried resetting it but never got an email.

  
Sounds like you signed up for a new service AND purchasing the photon direct. If you bought the newgg flash deal for $15, you just need to activate it here:

http://www.freedompop.com/activate

Total charge for me to activate was $0.01...No idea why they had to charge me a penny tho...whatever

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How many hours can I surf the net before using up 500 mb? Just for googling, maps, email...etc....not for youtube.

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Depends on how you use it of course, but fair to say 500 Mb could equate to 15 sessions of 1-2 hours of surfing each.

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Depends on how you use it of course, but fair to say 500 Mb could equate to 15 sessions of 1-2 hours of surfing each.

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My uncle recently got one. You really have to be really really careful when you sign up. I have been using Freedompop for more than 1 year, and knows about how they by default have you sign up for the non-free plan that looks strangely like free. I checked my uncle settings, knowing this, and turns out I still missed the "Service" part: They have plans, and then they have "Services" that you have to make sure you are in the "Free" plan (not just free for trial, make sure it is the 500mb free plan) and you dont have any "Service" at all - the "My Account"->"Plans" page WONT show you everything, you HAVE to go to the "My Account"->"Services" page to make sure you dont have any service signed up

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