Wednesday, May 6, 2015

[NOTE:  This post is old, and isn't really applicable anymore]

I upgraded my old 3G FreedomPop Wifi hotspot to an 803S 4G LTE model.  Download speeds are significantly better.  Also, the battery lasts much longer.  I'm able to keep it plugged into my car's power outlet, and I only need to bring it indoors to charge about once every 3 weeks.

FreedomPop 4G LTE speeds on 803S Wifi Hotspot

One theoretical drawback of the 803S is that it only uses one of the Sprint 4G LTE bands.  This means the wireless coverage isn't quite as good as the MiFi 500 which uses 3 LTE bands (and supports "Sprint Spark").  But honestly, the coverage on my 803S has been pretty good for me here in southwest Michigan.

Because 4G LTE is free through FreedomPop, I was able to cancel the annual fee I was paying for 3G access on my  previous hotspot.  So, between FreedomPop, Google Voice calling/texting though Google Hangouts, and switching to the Airvoice $10 PAYG plan, I'm now spending only $40 per year on my smartphone service.  This. Is. Awesome.

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