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#1 Old 04-16-2013, 05:58 PM
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Bob Rankin wrote a column (April 5, I think) about

How to Get Free Wireless Internet

http://askbobrankin.com/howto_free_wireless_internet.html?awt_l=J0thh&awt_m=K4pLVWCxg8P6SL


He mentions two plans, with FreedomPop being the preferred one. "Even on the paid plans, the FreedomPop and NetZero service is cheaper than what you'd pay if you got a mobile hotspot gadget from Verizon, Sprint or AT&T."


He has some discussion about a tie-in with a SmartPhone, but I don't have one and don't want one. So I am looking at the "1 GB of data (up to 1.5Mbps speeds) for free" deal. I would only use it for checking e-mail and such on my laptop; I would also like to hook up my desktop, but only use it for e-mail checking and keeping up on my AV and other anti-malware updates.


I lost my landline service, and don't want to go back. I was formerly on dial-up at home, and that was terribly slow, but good enough to do e-mail. So my basis for expectations is kind of minimal. If it is significantly better than dial-up, it would be fine for me.


I was a little confused by his article, which did not totally jibe with the FreedomPop webpage. FreedomPop wants me to purchase"Freedom Hub Burst: Plug-and-play home modem and router that requires no installation. Just plug in and connect all your devices via wi-fi or ethernet cable" to get
the 1 GB data plan. The hub burst costs a little under $100, including shipping, but is a one-time-only charge. This corresponds to the Spot Photon mentioned in Rankin's article. Rankin also mentions a Freedom Stick Bolt for about $40, which sounds like something I might like to have, but which I could not find on the
FreedomPop website.



My other options would seem to be (1) to go with a paid plan with one of the commercial providers like Sprint or Verizon, but Rankin says FreedomPop is cheaper, even if I get into the "paid" parts of their service, or (2) get DSL-only service from a landline company other than ATT (no voice telephone service). I had never heard of the latter, but a friend does it through ATT and they are charging him $38/month. I'll have to get his speed stats and such.


So, what do you think? I am kind of clueless here. Does anyone here use one of these plans or know someone who does?
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Sorry i just saw this now, if you have already gone with one of the offers could you share your impressions ?

 

I suppose the free version if just a hook up for advertisment and image. Not that it makes it a bad choice.

 

I am curious if there are any differences in the privacy policy ( i am thinking about opendns which is free and makes money by selling user data )

 

also is it reliable, no shutdowns and such ?

 

I have a thing for associative service providers but it has more to do with philosophy than with money.

 

From a quick search on the net, the free services are in X00 megs per month, the nicer ones are free*

 

*the first few monthes

 

the real speeds are lower than advertised ( nothing new here, it is actually the case with everyone ) but good enough.

 

"You can log into the Photon (http://192.168.1.1, default password: admin) to tweak settings and I'd suggest changing that security key since the default is "freedompop" and you probably don't want that shifty guy at the next table sucking up your 500 MBs of bandwidth while you're sipping your latte at the local coffee shop."

 

I would never go personally with anyone have such basic security issues, for i fear worse behind, but i'm just very picky on such things.

 

#protip, given your use, go for a light linux if its not already the case, no antivirus to update, and having just what you need instead of thousands of useless crap will also save you space during the system updates. Throw out anything you don't need.

 

Check if they overcharge you seriously if you go over the limits, if yes you might have to activate some integrated or personal blocking thing for it.

 

Some people complaining about bad coverage even in areas officially under coverage, but it may be fake stuff by concurents. I am more enclined to believe the crappy support that either you can't understand or tells you to turn off your antivirus to consume less, but i never need support.



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Wow, I never knew you could get free internet (well...it's still not realy "free"), except at wifi hotspots. The free plans are definitely not enough for my families shared uses. We have major gamors in the house and I stream a lot of youtube videos.......so I don't think 1GB (a month?????) would hold anything. We used to have Hughes Net which was awful as it never was enough to meet our needs. It was like 300 mb a day (yeah 500 mb a month would SO not work) and if we went over they would shut us down for 24 hours. UGH. Awful awful awful. And now with Verizon Fios I'm just like =D Happy again.


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A very important thing for me is free phone calls to any countries, that's something i don't expect to ever see in any free internet package, except perhaps in a hundred years in scandinavia :-)

 

But if you just check your mail, avoid updating your AV and your system, it might be doable.

 

In the same time if you have so little use of an email ( i mean if it was important or pro you would need more ) i would just go with regular mail and phone and wouldn't use an email at all... Of course i don't know what you need your email for.



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Sorry i just saw this now, if you have already gone with one of the offers could you share your impressions ?

I suppose the free version if just a hook up for advertisment and image. Not that it makes it a bad choice.

I am curious if there are any differences in the privacy policy ( i am thinking about opendns which is free and makes money by selling user data )

also is it reliable, no shutdowns and such ?

I have not tried it yet, so don't have any info to answer your questions.

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"You can log into the Photon (http://192.168.1.1, default password: admin) to tweak settings and I'd suggest changing that security key since the default is "freedompop" and you probably don't want that shifty guy at the next table sucking up your 500 MBs of bandwidth while you're sipping your latte at the local coffee shop."

I would never go personally with anyone have such basic security issues, for i fear worse behind, but i'm just very picky on such things.

Thank you for explaining this. Much of the info they put out is kind of unclear on the password issue.
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That italic part is just a copy paste from some review.



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