We found a way to get free, 4G wireless Internet
access in major metropolitan areas of the USA, bundled into a "MyFi"
package that you can use youself and share with as many as 7 friends!
There are some limitations. First, the coverage isn't very
good between cities. Second, you are limited to just 500 megabytes per
month. You can overcome these restrictions by purchasing optional
packages from www.FreedomPop.com, but we found ourselves wondering just
how useful the free offering would be, and whether the least expensive
of their optional expansion packages would best supplement that free
To get the answers to these questions, we purchased the $3.99/month
expansion and hit the road for a 5,000 mile road trip, during which we
carefully monitored our data usage. By the end of the trip, we found
that we DID need that $3.99 package while on the road, but we also
learned tactics to keep our data consumption comfortably below the
500MB monthly threshold that would allow city dwellers to stay within
the bounds of the available free access when NOT traveling.
We created eight video clips to explain and illustrate our findings.
Click on each of the video clips below and in subsequent pages to find
out exactly what we learned!