We’ve talked about FreedomPop on a few occasions. This company made the interesting sleeve for the iPhone that has LTE connectivity to older versions of the iPhone at no cost. The sleeve sells for about $100 and spent a significant amount of time stuck at the FCC for testing.
The company has announced plans for a new product that is specifically designed to work with tablets such as the iPad and various Android offerings. The device is called the LTE Clip and is designed to attach onto tablets that are designed to handle Wi-Fi only. The tip on the new product comes via an unnamed source to Forbes.
The LTE connectivity for the device is said to be provided via the Sprint network and the LTE Clip is expected to launch during the second half of 2013. The clip appears to be small and weighs 2.5 ounces. The device promises about six hours of battery life with the battery in the hinge of the LTE Clip.
It doesn’t appear that the LTE Clip has to plug into the tablet in any way. Rather, it seems the device simply clips onto the tablet and creates a local Wi-Fi network that the tablet can then connect to. The product is said to work with most tablets on the market. Users who purchase the LTE Clip will get 500 MB of 4G service at no cost each month. Users can opt to pay for premium service if they need more data. The LTE Clip will support up to eight devices at the same time.