4G iPhone 4/4S sleeve pre-orders now being taken

While we may have to wait until the next iPhone to get native 4G speeds, users of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S may soon be able to access faster speeds with the help of a special sleeve. FreedomPop has announced that it is taking pre-orders for this hardware add-on which will allow the two previous iPhone models to connect to the faster WiMax network provided by FreedomPop's partner Clearwire.

The sleeve costs $99 and, as you can see in the above video, the demo of the FreedomPop hardware seems to show a much faster speed that what is normally available for the iPhone. TUAW reports that FreedomPop also plans to offer 500 MB of free data a month for owners of the sleeve, although the company's pre-order page still says it will have up to 1 GB of free data.

News.com later got word that users of the FreedomPop sleeve can indeed get up to 1 GB of free data "in various ways on site." There's also no long term contracts to sign. The company claims that the add-on will even allow the iPhone's battery life to be extended up to six hours. It can also be used as a WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices.

Of course, Clearwire's network isn't available everywhere in the US so you might want to see if your city or town is covered by the WiMax network. There's also no word on when these devices will actually ship to pre-orders.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Geeknet could sell off SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode

Next Story

Apple rumored to drop Google Maps for iOS 6

7 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Just gonna add that if your area has any kind of population already using Clearwire/Clear, your actual speed will probably be around half a meg.

Got Clear in Vancouver, WA. Had great speed for the price, 7-10 megs down, 3 megs up. Moved down to Portland where Clear said it would be fine and we would have the same speeds...NO. We called in DAILY to complain about our speed being crippled to half a meg, 1 meg at MOST. "Too many people use Clear in that town." They gave us a month credit, and then we dropped them. Their early termination fee is a month payment, so we dropped them for free.

tl;dr If you are in a big city, stick with your mobile plan. Clear sucks.

It all sounds good however, WiMax is not faster. Ask somebody using Sprint. And the battery life is most definitely not better - it's a lot worse on WiMax. Man is it bad...

Totally biased review video. He obviously picked the best spot instead of some real world field tests.

Regardless, this is old tech repackaged into a chunky case. I would rather have the Wireless Broadband Hotspot in my bag or pocket so it doesn't get in the way.

1GB per month free data for a once-off hardware purchase is a good deal though.

Simon- said,
Totally biased review video. He obviously picked the best spot instead of some real world field tests.

Regardless, this is old tech repackaged into a chunky case. I would rather have the Wireless Broadband Hotspot in my bag or pocket so it doesn't get in the way.

1GB per month free data for a once-off hardware purchase is a good deal though.

Perfect analysis.