Quick note, I do not work for FreedomPop, I am just posting my results and my observations with their device and service from South Florida, USA.
Via wikipedia, "FreedomPop is a freemium Internet service provider based in the US. Founded in 2011"
Review of FreedomPop devices by PCmag
http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0 ... o=1,00.asp
Service & Costs:
The service is WiMax, provided by Clear / Clearwire, running on Sprints 2500 MHz service and towers. Since Clear plans to move to Sprint's LTE service, FreedomPop, also plans to do this.
500 MB a month ($0.02 per 1MB over) for Free / month
2 GB a month ($0.01 per 1MB over) for $17.99 / month
4 GB a month ($0.01 per 1MB over) for $28.99 / month
They offer a "FreedomPop Speed Plus" service for $3.99/month which states:
"Get up to 50% faster speeds - Browse the web & watch videos without delay"
-Guaranteed fastest upload speeds all day, every day!
-No speed caps regardless of data usage
-No throttling regardless of data usage
-Download speeds up to 12Mpbs
-Upload speeds up to 1.5 Mbps
But I'm not sure what that plan is, I suspect it is an additional $3.99/month.
Freedom Stick - Bolt usb modem is "Free" with a $49.00 refundable security deposit
Freedom Spot - Photon hotspot is "Free" with a $99.00 refundable security deposit
Freedom Sleeve Rocket - 4G hotspot for iPod Touch is "only $99 (100% fully refundable)"
They are currently running a promotion where they will wave the security deposit for the Freedom Stick - Bolt and give a month of the 2GB plan for free.
With this promotion, the charges are
Security Deposit: $0
Shipping & Handling: $15
Normally Shipping and Handling is $6.99, so they are bumping up the price a little, although still not covering the security deposit. And you'll want to drop the 2GB plan and change to the 500MB plan if you wish to keep it cheap.
Currently, I am using the FreedomPop Bolt, also called Freedom Stick Bolt 4G.
It is the same device as the Clear / Clearwire Stick Atlas
http://www.clear.com/devices/details/id ... tick-Atlas
The FreedomPop Bolt is a WiMax device, model: pxu1964, which uses the Sprint's 2500 MHz frequency WiMax service.
The FreedomPop Bolt, and Clear Stick Atlas are manufactured by Ubee Interactive.
From my experience, using a 1st gen model B raspberry pi, os: 2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian, kernel: 3.2.27+, and a powered usb hub, the FreedomPop Bolt was recognized and got an IP. There was a bit of troubleshooting at first, but I suspect that was my own fault, as I'm very new to linux and may have messed up some of the raspbian settings. But on a clean raspian install and an out of the box FreedomPop Bolt, I suspect it should work right away.
From inside my house:
Reception: rssi -81 (2 bars on device)
Download: 1.69 Mb/s
Upload: 0.09 Mb/s
Ping: 110 ms
I stepped house side my door:
Reception: rssi -74 (3 bars on device)
Download: 3.99 Mb/s
Upload: 0.89 Mb/s
Ping: 78 ms
I plan to search for better reception and report back my findings.
The bolt features two TS-9 external antenna connectors which I plan to purchase an antenna for and see what I can get.
This setup is definitely not going to win any speed test awards, but considering you can get the device for $49+$7 S&H (or $0+$16 S&H with holiday promotion), 500 MB of data a month for free, and use with the Rasberry Pi is plug-and-play, I am very happy with it. I plan to go back and re-read their Terms and Privacy statement just to make sure I have understood everything. But as far as privacy is concerned, I plan to setup a VPN and tunnel everything through it while on the FreedomPop service.