How would you like to have free mobile data, with fast 4G access and no contracts? This case from FreedomPop gives iPhone 4/4S and iPod touch owners just that--up to 1GB free broadband every month.
For iPhone users, this means you can augment your data plan on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. For iPod Touch owners, the Freedom Sleeve essentially turns the iPod Touch into an iPhone; in addition to the free wireless Internet access, you can even make calls over 4G using the iPod Touch with the case.
The cases are $99. For that one-time investment, you get the sleeve and 4G LTE data access over Sprint's network. The Freedom service includes 500MB free every month, with up to 1GB if you refer friends. Additional GBs can be purchased for $10 per GB.
500MB isn't a lot, but it's enough to access 166,667 emails, 3,333 web pages, or 33 YouTube videos according to Sprint.
You can also use the case to turn your device into a mobile hotspot and share the 4G data wirelessly with up to 8 devices. So instead of needing to buy a separate mobile hotspot device like the MiFi or paying $15/month or so for the mobile hotspot/tethering feature on you smartphone plan, you can use your iPhone or iPod Touch as the hotspot.
The iPhone case has another useful feature: It extends the battery life up to 6 hours.
The sleeves are available for pre-order now, and they should be shipping any day now (expected delivery was end of this summer). If you find you can't use the case, you can get a full refund within 90 days.
I pre-ordered the iPod touch version today, just so I could use the device as a backup tethering device and to get my Wi-Fi-only iPad online when I'm out and about. I'll let you know how it works out for me when it arrives, but what do you think of the concept?