FreedomPop's namesake free data hasn't been especially fast given its reliance on WiMAX and EV-DO, but the company is taking a big step forward with just-launched support for Sprint's LTE network. Those who buy the $149 FreedomSpot 5580 LTE hotspot (pictured above) can get truly high speeds without having to pay a cent for regular service. Future devices and LTE-friendly smartphone service are also coming, although there is a big catch. That free tier is still capped at 500MB per month -- take full advantage of LTE and you're more likely to either pay overage fees or switch to one of FreedomPop's paid plans. Even so, the upgraded service may be tempting for those who aren't willing to sacrifice performance at any price.
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