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freedom hub burst

freedom hub burst

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!

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    March 08, 2013

    Better figure out your internet usage first, especially if you cut the cable cord. Streaming video uses quite a bit of data. Freedom hubs best package gets you 10 GB plus 1/2 cent per extra MB.

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    March 08, 2013

    Definitely Bill. I might also be willing to cut my usage to fit into this model. We’ll see. I already have internet at work and on my phone. Do I really need unlimited at my house too? We shall see. I’ll be posting the review in a couple of weeks once I get a chance to tinker with it.

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    March 09, 2013

    If they piggyback off of Clearwire’s 4G service, you might want to check out this coverage map to see what sort of connection you can expect. We have used Clear before at my work and the results were less then optimum, unfortunately.

    http://www.clear.com/coverage

    Good luck, I’m interested in seeing how things work out for you!

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      March 10, 2013

      Thanks Mickey. That will definitely help people see whether or not it is something that could possibly work for them or not. Freedom Pop is also saying that sometime in the near future (who knows when that might be) they will be migrating onto Sprint’s 4G network which will then make their service available in more markets.

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    March 09, 2013

    Way to go Clark. Tell us more when you get it.

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      March 10, 2013

      Will do Jeff. I hope to be able to report on it in a couple of weeks.

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    March 10, 2013

    The problem for me is none of these things are available where we live. I’m stuck with DSL from Frontier.

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    March 10, 2013

    Sorry Sharon! The good news is that innovation is happening in the home internet market and it had been stagnant for quite some time. Hopefully as the competition gets more heated there will be some real solutions for folks all across the country.

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    March 11, 2013

    Is there a way to find out how much internet usage we use a month? My ISP said they couldn’t tell me. Thanks :)

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    March 11, 2013

    Hey Yani,

    If they aren’t willing to give you that information I would imagine that they probably aren’t the best company to be doing business with. I’m not sure how to figure out specifically how high your usage is. There are some general parameters though. If you are watching a lot of video or downloading lots of music and photos you are going to need an unlimited plan. If you are only surfing the web, checking email, and checking out youtube.com on occasion then you aren’t going to be in much danger of using more than 5-10gb in a month.

    I did find this article (http://lifehacker.com/5917367/how-can-i-find-out-how-much-bandwidth-im-using-at-home) but I can’t vouch for its total accuracy. Definitely something to check out though.

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    March 13, 2013

    Thank You jlarsgaard !!

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    March 13, 2013

    You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear if Freedom Pop will work for you or not.

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    May 13, 2013

    would this support MagicJack use?

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    May 13, 2013

    Hey Janet,

    It would. Freedom Pop gives you an internet connection just the same as your local cable or home phone company does. The only difference is in how it comes to you. But you can certainly use Magic Jack or any other VOIP on it. Here is the link to my follow up article I wrote after having used it for a while. http://www.saveoutsidethebox.com/freedom-pop-free-internet-follow-up/ It really is a great service.

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