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    FreedomPop to offer 3G/4G LTE "Tablet Clip"

    FreedomPop Plans 'LTE Clip' To Give Free LTE To iPad, Android Tablets


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    FreedomPop LTE Clip

    FreedomPop, the free Wi-Fi company that is looking to disrupt the ISP and broadband markets, is now planning to get into tablets.

    The startup plans to release a new addition to its product line: a FreedomPop “LTE Clip” that attaches onto Wi-Fi-only tablets and turns them into Internet-enabled devices, according to a person familiar with the matter. (See photo at right.) The Clip’s LTE service will be provided by Sprint Nextel‘s network and is expected to be released in the second half of this year.


    The FreedomPop Clip, weighing 2.5 ounces, is designed to clip to tablet devices. Battery life is about six hours and the battery is in the hinge of the device to save space.

    It’s designed to be useful for the vast majority of tablets–90% according to one study–that are Wi-Fi only. Many users do not want to pay for both a phone contract and a tablet data contract and thus opt for Wi-Fi-only tablets.

    The LTE Clip will give tablet users Internet access for free giving them a new dimension. As with its other devices, FreedomPop will give 500 MB of 4G service free per month on its network. To get more data, users can pre-pay or pay as they go. About 30% of its users pay for premium service.

    The Clip will apparently be compatible with almost all tablet devices, including iPad and iPad Mini, Android tablets such as Galaxy Tab and most Android smartphones.

    Up to eight devices can connect to the Clip device via Wi-Fi for Internet access. In a sense, the Clip is like a Mi-Fi device that enables any devices nearby to get Internet access. But the Clip device is different because it attaches to a tablet device.

    The FreedomPop LTE Clip will have the same sharing features as FreedomPop’s other devices. In exchange for sharing their Internet access, FreedomPop users get credits for more free Internet access. This means sharing people’s access not directly to nearby users but virtually sharing to anyone on the company’s network.

    In addition, FreedomPop plans to release a new “open Wi-Fi” local-sharing Internet service through its devices, the company previously told FORBES. This will enable FreedomPop devices to share their broadband access to others nearby by using two SSIDs. When FreedomPop turns this feature on through a software update, anyone nearby can log onto that broadband device through one of the SSIDs.

    FreedomPop, backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, DCM and Mangrove Capital, has previously launched a $99 case for iPod Touch devices that turns them into WiMax Internet devices. They can also be used to make calls via a deal with TextPlus. FreedomPop has also announced plans to roll out free home Internet service. There’s also a 4G mi-fi router and a 4G USB dongle for laptops.

    Unlike the FreedomPop iPod Touch case, however, the new Clip for tablets will have LTE service as well as 3G service.

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    Re: FreedomPop to offer 3G/4G LTE "Tablet Clip"

    Most of that was pretty straightforward. But what does it mean, getting free internet credits not by sharing with nearby users but "virtually sharing with anyone on their network"? It's wifi, it'll only reach nearby users. Anyone used the wimax one and care to elaborate?

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    Sounds like a service similar to Karma.

    https://yourkarma.com/

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    Will it work with other wifi devices like laptops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_tron View Post
    Will it work with other wifi devices like laptops?
    I believe it's just like any other MiFi other than the fact it's designed to clip onto tablets.

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    Re: FreedomPop to offer 3G/4G LTE "Tablet Clip"

    It should be able to clip onto the screen of a larger laptop or the base of a thinner ultrabook or macbook air. The small profile concerns me because the RF capability may not be the best and there may not be an external antenna slot.

    Although at the same time so much times have passed and the iPhone sleeve has not gotten a release and now they want to come up with another device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwertz View Post
    Most of that was pretty straightforward. But what does it mean, getting free internet credits not by sharing with nearby users but "virtually sharing with anyone on their network"? It's wifi, it'll only reach nearby users. Anyone used the wimax one and care to elaborate?

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    I am guessing that it is referring to the current system of data sharing that is in place already, where you can gift some of your data allotment to your "Freedom Friends" or request a gift of the same. Your "Freedom Friends" are fellow FreedomPop users who have agreed to have their account linked to yours for this reason.

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