The use of 4G LTE cellular data has become a way of life for people who want to experience the internet in quicker, more efficient ways. Whether at home, in the office, or in a mobile hotspot, users can access high speed 4G LTE with Wi-Fi. High speed internet has become a necessity in both business and personal lives as more people stream videos, download movies, and upload pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and other programs.
What is 4G LTE?
4G LTE, provided by the four major national carriers, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint, make internet surfing the fastest available today. 4G is the fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks. LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is the technical process for high-speed data for phones, tablets, and notebooks.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile claim to have “the nation’s largest 4G network;” Verizon Wireless says it is the fastest. Sprint claims to have the first 4G network. Whatever the carrier, 4G LTE promises to have the speed to download more pictures, stream movies, and video chat at home, or office, or on-the-go. Cellular modems and Wi-Fi hotspots can connect anywhere on any other device that is Wi-Fi enabled. But all this speed and data comes with a cost, depending on the user’s internet needs.
Free Data Plan Arrival
Data plans can start out as low as $30 and stretch into the hundreds. But now, there is a free option. FreedomPop guarantees free mobile service with 4G LTE high speed on all your devices. Working with Sprint, it comes with 200 minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB of data. If you go over the limit, a cost of one cent per minute or 2.5 cents per MB is charged. For those who want more data, there is an “Unlimited Everything” plan for a mere $20 a month—a bargain for any user.
Access to Hotspots
Stephen Stokols, the CEO and co-founder of FreedomPop, says mobile users consume 90% of data by Wi-Fi, rather than a cellular data plan. Therefore, they have added a WiFi service for unlimited use and automatic sign-on to 10 million hotspots for only $5.00 a month. The Wi-Fi service —a stand-alone product—can be used on multiple devices, and is available through FreedomPop’s Android app. An iPhone app is forthcoming; there are no plans for a Windows Phone app at this point.
FreedomPop: A Freemium Carrier
National carriers provide high speed service priced at a premium. FreedomPop, now approaching one million users in its third quarter this year, provides FREE service at a PREMIUM, i.e., “freemium,” meaning they offer their product for free to a large group of users and sell premium products to a smaller fraction of this user base. Although half of their users do not pay a dime, the other half receives value-added services for extra data, voicemail, or texts.