If you’re looking to save some scratch this year, you might want to take a hard look at Freedom Pop, who today announced a home broadband plan for FREE. Yes, for free. So what’s the catch?
First off, you’ll need to buy their modem/router for $89. Also, their free plan will only net you 1GB of bandwidth per month, up and down. For an additional $10 a month, Freedom Pop will bump that number to 10GB a month. Hardly enough for an average American who already has access to a high-speed Internet connection, but perhaps a godsend to those stuck on dial-up or heavily antiquated DSL connections.
Freedom Pop is able to undercut the competition because they’re using Clearwire’s WiMax wireless network, which has largely been abandoned by top-tier companies in favor of LTE; in other words they’ve got a lot of unused bandwidth. That being said, WiMax speeds aren’t comparable to LTE or many premium broadband providers, so Freedom Pop subscribers will have to make concessions when it comes to download and upload speeds – streaming Netflix might be a tough prospect.
If a Freedom Pop subscriber exceeds their allotted 10GB a month, they can opt to pay $5 per additional gigabyte. Alternatively, they can sign up for partner offers and refer friends. This in turn negates any additional costs and could possibly result in a free home broadband connection, though it will surely result in some penalties within their social circles.
Comparatively speaking Freedom Pop is many times cheaper than cable and phone companies. Time Warner charges up to a minimum of $30 a month in my area, and that’s with unlimited bandwidth, barring any throttling that is occurring behind the scenes. Moreover, these companies offer a hard-line connection, where as Freedom Pop is over the air and subject to more connectivity issues. Nevertheless, this seems to be a case of you get what you pay for…or don’t.