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FreedomPop Liberty – WiFi-only Android tablet PC

Yes, you read that right: The California-based wireless internet and mobile phone service provider is launching an Android tablet PC called the FreedomPop Liberty. What’s so interesting about this 7-inch device? Well, for one thing, it will only set you back US $89. Interested? Read on to know more about it.

FreedomPop Liberty Android tablet PC

FreedomPop Liberty – 7-inch, $89 slate

We’re not strangers to uber affordable slates around these parts, though we should say that the Liberty has something different to offer. You can make calls or send SMS over the company’s VoIP – or Voice over IP – services. Of course, you can also make VoIP calls via apps available on Google Play, but let’s not get into that right now.

Let’s talk about what you do get out of this 89 dollar device. Not much, as one would expect for that kind of money. The FreedomPop Liberty will feature a 7-inch display that maxes out at 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor. If you found that underwhelming, then take a look at its memory: 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. Thankfully, there’s a microSD card slot available should you find yourself out of space. It also features a 0.3 MP webcam and a 4 MP rear snapper. Power comes courtesy of a 2400 mAh battery.

Software-wise, sources indicate that the Liberty will come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Should you get it?

That depends. If you want to have a more conventional “phone” experience, then you might as well wait for the Frenzy model, which will reportedly launch in November. It will have 4G LTE capabilities and will have a $99 price tag. If you need more out of your tablet (and don’t necessarily want FreedomPop’s services), then we suggest you shop around for a slate that will suit your needs and budget.

But if you do want to get a hold of the company’s services (and don’t want to wait for the slightly more expensive, 4G variant), then by all means, try out the FreedomPop Liberty. It’s an okay first tablet PC, but as we said, you can probably find something better.

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New FreedomPop plans to transform LTE tablets into phones

Further blurring the lines between devices – as if the distinction between them isn’t already blurry enough in this day and age – California-based service provider FreedomPop has announced plans to debut new plans, coupled with inexpensively priced LTE tablets for those who want them, that will rock connectivity features that will make them the equal of smartphones, at least as far as usage is concerned. Intrigued? Read on!

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch Android tablet PC
Calling, texting, and surfing… on one of these babies (and others)

Free voice, data and SMS ahoy

For those of you from the States who love freebies and who hanker after better voice and data service, FreedomPop may be just what the doctor ordered, so to speak. Not only will the company’s new plans feature free data, they’ll also offer free voice and SMS, thanks to a new feature that allows for users to associate unique phone numbers with their FreedomPop tablets. It’s an interesting workaround that will allow those using tablets to use them just like phones. (Hopefully not to the extent that they hold up their tablets to their faces in public to make calls and all that jazz, but we digress.)

Wait, how much data, voice and SMS, you ask? 500 MB of data, 200 voice-minutes and 500 texts. Not unlimited, but not too shabby.

FreedomPop apparently wants users to use their LTE-powered tablets however they see fit or are most comfortable. Not only will these tablets feature telephone features, for instance, they’ll also allow their users to communicate seamlessly using apps like Uber or WhatsApp – apps that require a device phone number. Not bad, eh?

What units are available?

Okay, we’re sure many of you are suspecting that the catch is that the only tablets available will be no-name tablets, or brand-name tablets but which are so iffy that they might as well be no-namers. Not to worry – FreedomPop will (initially at least) sell two LTE-powered tablets, namely the iPad mini ($319) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 ($199).

But you don’t have to buy a unit from them to get access to these plans: the company says that users who already have LTE tablets can also sign up for these new plans.

source [BGR]

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