FreedomPop has announced today that its long expected expansion to Sprint’s LTE network has finally arrived. In addition, a new FreedomPop LTE mobile hotspot, FreedomSpot 5580, has been introduced. The FreedomSpot is a first of several upcoming LTE-capable devices that company plans to release “later this year.” Some of the devices will be smartphones offered through the company’s new Freedom Phone plans. As was the case so far, FreedomPop LTE hotspot will include 500MB of free LTE data each month. A new LTE mobile hotspot is available for $149.
FreedomSpot 5580 LTE can connect up to 10 devices at the same time. It also comes with a 1.54-inch OLED display, GPS over Wi-Fi and battery life that lasts 10 hours.
Since the launch, FreedomPop has been offering free 500 MB of data each month on rather limited Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network, promising right from the start access to fast LTE data speeds on Sprint’s LTE coverage. Few months ago, FreedomPop has added access to Sprint’s CDMA EV-DO network to provide more consistent coverage to its users. Now that FreedomPop includes access to Sprint’s LTE network (currently available in 151 markets) to its offer, new LTE hotspot can fall back to 3G network where LTE is not yet available, which in fact it does. FreedomPop’s new device provides average speeds of 6 to 8 mbps and peak speeds up to 25 mbps.
Features that FreedoomPop has provided within their service thus far are applying to LTE data offering as well. Besides getting free 500 MB of LTE data each month, customers can also share data across entire social networks or earn more free data (50MB of data per customer) by referring new customers to FreedoomPop.
Source: Phone Scoop, FreedomPop