Technology moves fast, much faster than the behemoth monopoly cable and local phone companies. I don’t know about you but I have given far too much money to these guys throughout the years. Even with my attempts at lowering my bills, using less, and cutting services I still want to go further and cut them out of my life altogether.
The good news is that internet provider competition is a stirring. As I’m sure you know, Google is heavily investing in delivering high speed internet to homes in Kansas City which is looking like a promising alternative. Another alternative service that I am really excited about is Freedom Pop’s Freedom Hub Burst. The model of this beta project is to provide an alternative way to get home internet access at a greatly reduced rate. They are a freemium service model which means that if you are a super light user of internet you might actually be able to surf the net at home for FREE after you purchase the router (only $90 bucks)!
I haven’t tested the service out yet but am hoping to have a Freedom Hub router in my home sometime in the next week or so. From what I have read I liken Freedom Pop’s foray into a heavily entrenched industry to Republic Wireless’ entry into the cell phone market. You pay the full cost up front for a greatly discounted plan. You might hit a few bumps along the road, and there are some hoops to jump through, but in the end you save big.
In short, your purchase of the router ensures you 1GB of free data a month with chances for you to earn more, especially through social media and sharing with friends. If you are a medium to heavy user 1GB just isn’t going to be enough for you, however, if you need more you can purchase up to 10GB of web for ten dollars a month.
I’ll be testing out the Freedom Hub service shortly and I’ll report back with full details including how well it’s 4g service on Clearwire’s network works. I hope this really is a product that can disrupt such a powerful and poorly run industry. Here’s to freedom!