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FreedomPop case turns iPod into 4G phone

updated 12:59 pm EDT, Tue July 31, 2012

FreedomPop partners with Sprint, Clear

FreedomPop has announced a new 4G-enabled case that effectively turns an iPod Touch into an iPhone. The new Freedom Sleeve for iPod Touch comes with free broadband access, which users can upgrade for a fee. The company is now taking pre-orders for the WiMax device.

The Freedom Sleeve encases the iPod Touch and connects to both Clearwire's WiMAX and Sprint's CDMA and LTE data services. The device sells for $99. For that price, subscribers get the device and 500MB of free mobile broadband. Customers looking to access more than 500MB can increase that total to 1GB by trading unused data with friends, referring customers, or buying value-added services from FreedomPop.

FreedomPop is a data-only MVNO, and the Freedom Sleeve will technically be a data-only device. FreedomPop representatives have confirmed to GigaOM, though, that the device will be capable of VoIP, essentially making an iPod into an iPhone for a fraction of the price paid over the life of a typical contract.

The company has yet to specify a launch date, but it apparently is planning to open up a service for beta users this summer. FreedomPop is also taking pre-orders for a similar device targeted at owners of the iPhone 4 and 4S, and the company is said to be working on devices for a range of other gadgets.





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  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 12-26-07

    a new 4G-enabled case that effectively turns an iPod Touch into an iPhone.


    Ughh... except that it doesn't have voice? Did I not read that correctly?

  1. Geoduck

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    Joined: 01-14-10

    Right, no voice, other than you can make Skype or FaceTime calls, but for the average person no voice
    I don't make many calls so once the iPT gets updated with a decent camera I might think about this. Being able to do everything for a fraction of the cost is appealing

  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 12-26-07

    Right, so then I think FreedomPop (as well as the MacNN "author") should knock off the "turn your iPod into an iPhone" marketing since it's misleading. More like:

    Turn your iPod Touch into a 4G Mini iPad

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