Until few weeks ago freedompop was doing good just like any other good service provider. However few days back (guessing since January 2013) things have changed.
It is clear that freedompop now "drains" your free 500 mb data in just few minutes. Just go on to any site with freedompop and stay for 15-20 minutes without downloading anything. And then check your account usage after 3 or 4 hours and your data will be consumed by 100s megs! It's magic invented by freedompop. To give you an idea I spent on and off 30-40 minutes on the internet and my data usage was close to 640 mb! And of course my card was charged for another $10 right away.
Another complaint on Ripoff report did actual test to verify this. I plan to do the same and put it on YouTube first and then complain to DA.
When I contacted to the customer rep I get the standard scripted text saying how to limit data usage crap.
The point here is, freedompop has changed their data scheme under the hoods so you the not so clever user will not detect it. Some users find it late, some find it sooner, some suck it and don't bother to complain and others think that they DID consume all that data. Clever. The revenue model works like this. If you go over 500 mb, you will be charged to the next tier data plan. So the faster you cross that 500 mb the more money they make. I feel sad that I pledged to a shady company like this on kickstarter.com. Come to think of it, Kicstarter.com kicked their campaign and suspended the project. May be they knew what is coming.