Wireless internet for all: that was FreedomPop’s goal for the world (or at least the United States) when they first unveiled plans for their project. They have been designing an iPod-touch compatible case that can receive free Wifi from virtually anywhere. An incredibly compelling project, it has already received more than enough money in Kickstarter funds to gain real traction.
FreedomPop’s trailer for new iPod Touch case shows off the excellent capabilities of their proposed product, which will allow their users to truly make use of WiFi even in places where standard cellular internet connections fail. The video also suggests that the smoothness of FaceTime communication using their product proves that the internet speed you get with this is more than sufficient to hold an online video conversation, let alone a VoIP conversation, holding up to the prerequisites of a superior voip service provider like RingCentral.
How it works
According to the project data, the users of FreedomPop will have access to a 500mb data plan for free right after subscription. Even if their hardcore users need a little more than that, every 1 MB that goes over the plan cap will cost a mere 1 cent, ensuring that an extra gig of use only take 10 dollars out of your budget. Not totally free but, considering other plans, this is certainly worth considering especially if you’ve got an iPod Touch and not an iPhone. With this kind of speed and data plan, phone usage wouldn’t even be an issue: you can communicate via VoIP anyway.
The Product is Launched
Three months after the initial trailer of the product in question, FreedomPop made good on their promise to their Kickstarter supporters. The first FreedomPop iPhone and iPod Touch cases have been shipped out to their first owners. This officially puts the WiMax-capable cases at their beta testing phase. At a bottom price of 99 USD, users will receive a case (a bit on the bulky side, and may make your iPod Touch about as thick as the iPhone 3GS) that is able to convert a standard WiMax signal into WiFi. The battery charge can last from six to eight hours, and then it’ll need to be recharged.
In essence, the device works like other WiMax-converting device, except it’s wrapped around the device as a piece of molded plastic. Of course it’s not totally free, but it certainly is cheaper than other data plans that are available right now. FreedomPop even gives networking a twist incentive: if the 500MB data plan is not enough for their users, they can grab some extra data allowance by making connections with other FreedomPop users. A data speed even better than its “free” service will also cost a little more, but this is only the beginning of what many believe is a huge change in the field in terms of data plans for users. This is certainly an attractive package, especially for the younger generation who may not be able to afford the kind of data connection that working people have.