FreedomPop has announced that it will soon offer the Freedom Sleeve which is an iPod touch case that includes a WiMax mobile hotspot. The idea is to enable iPod touch users to have continuous access to a data connection and be able to make and receive phone calls through VoIP services like Skype. It looks to offer the younger generation a way to have a connected device without the need for a hefty call and data phone plan.
Turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone with the FreedomPop Sleeve: 4G data for your iPod Touch, Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 other devices, stream video and music anywhere, and you can even use Apple's FaceTime wherever you go!
The Freedom Sleeve only runs on Sprint’s WiMax network so is only suitable for areas where there is WiMax coverage. FreedomPop does have plans to launch another version in the future which will run on Sprint’s LTE network. When it comes down to pricing, this is where it all gets very interesting. The Freedom Sleeve for iPod touch will cost an initial $99.00. Once you have paid that upfront cost, you then get 500 MB a month of data free of charge. If you blow through that, you can then get additional data for $10 a GB. There is no contract and no commitment so the whole thing can be cancelled at any time.
The FreedomPop Freedom Sleeve may be a great option for younger children who probably don’t need a full cell phone plan. It would be really handy to be able to contact them when needed plus give them access to all of their iPod touch’s features when away from a WiFi network.
Would you consider a case like this for the iPod touch? Could you see it saving money on a cell phone plan for younger family members?