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Backed by Niklas Zennstrom, the industry disruptor behind Skype, FreedomPop selects Clearwire for its new free mobile broadband service.

FreedomPop today announced that it would partner with Clearwire for its upcoming mobile broadband service. Backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, FreedomPop aims to disrupt the mobile broadband industry by providing mobile Internet to consumers free of charge.

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Wow!

This is suppose to launch in 2012..! I am definitely going to check this one out! thumb.gif
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Interesting, let's see how this plays out.
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This is going to cause a lot of sleep loss! bigeyedsmiley.png
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Wow!

This will surely do something to the mobile broadband business.

Free/Cheaper broadband FTW!!!!
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I'd be welcoming of this if they rolled it out in the UK :3

If I want to get my Blackberry online at the moment (Bold 900 / nothing fancy and not using it for BBM or such) it sets me back £10/month for 200MB of usage.
 
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Hopefully no one assassinates him before he completes this project.
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Hopefully no one assassinates him before he completes this project.

^this. literally word for word what I was going to say. We need more people like Niklas.
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Hopefully no one assassinates him before he completes this project.

Guess carriers are already browsing hireanassassinforcheap.com lol
Very interesting, competitors will be forced to think about new solutions if they want to keep their users.

Well it will be ad-supported, nothing new then... No one gives you anything for free.
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Why can't he give us free calling to landlines then? As cheap as VOIP has become, there's no reason why an ad-supported model won't work.
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Very interesting. It will use Satellite internet, which is fine for browsing and "skyping" but...
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Conventional wisdom (and speculation) indicates that the service will be ad-supported, but it could adopt a freemium model, allowing subscribers to avoid ads for a fee.

If it is an app there will be a lot of ads, probably will have to give up some privacy on your device as well, location, behavior tracking, etc... Then there is the device itself, what phones and tablets will support this? I am going to assume it will be highly device limited.

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Why can't he give us free calling to landlines then? As cheap as VOIP has become, there's no reason why an ad-supported model won't work.

Because of connection and system hops. It costs money to use other carriers equipment and bandwidth. There is a large conversion process from internet to landline and all these systems cost loads of money to run. Verizon and AT&T own most of them.
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