Shut Up and Take My Money: FreedomPop Freedom Spot Photon
Offering 500MB of free data each month, this type of device is likely handy for anyone who commutes to work or simply needs to hop on Wi-Fi when in a remote location. It would also be useful for families when in a hotel room, thus avoiding the hotel’s daily Wi-Fi charge.
Slightly smaller than the size and shape of a regulation hockey puck, the Photon allows users to connect up to eight different devices at once. It provides a minimum of six hours of battery life and offers speeds up to 12Mpbs down and 1.5Mpbs using Clearwire’s Wimax network. There’s also no monthly data caps in place or contracts to sign, so you can start or quit at any time.
Regarding data, FreedomPop offers a a social referral program that allows users to earn 500MB of data by referring a friend. Specific to the free plan, additional data costs about $20 per 1GB.
However, people interested in watching lots of video can reduce that rate to $10 per 1GB by signing up for one of the two monthly subscription plans. FreedomPop offers a 2GB plan at $17.99 a month and a 4GB plan at $28.99 a month. So if you plan on firing up Netflix, make sure you have one of the monthly premium plans and aren’t busting through your data limit too quickly.
Anyone interested in the device should check out the coverage map here as well as reviews on the device here. FreedomPop is also running a special deal on Ben’s this week. You can pick up a refurbished FreedomSpot Platinum Edition Photon with 2GB of Data for 1 month and a micro-USB travel charger for $25 here:
Check out some more product shots of the device below: