FreedomPop, a company backed by Skype Co-Founder Zennstrom, has been working on an iPhone 4/4S sleeve with integrated cellular radio in order to provide users free mobile broadband access on Clearwire‘s 4G WiMAX network (U.S only). Looks like company is now taking pre-orders for the sleeve at US $99 and is calling it the Freedom Sleeve 4G (via AllthingsD). Each sleeve will also include 500 MB of free mobile data. Those who have ordered the device are reportedly being told that it will ship by the end of summer.
According to the source:
FreedomPop also plans to sell data packages for those who want more than the included free bandwidth.
“The timing couldn’t be better for our product,” said FreedomPop VP of Product Mauricio Sastre in a statement. “Carriers are throttling data and increasing prices and users are desperate for affordable alternatives. As the mobile industry flexes its joint oligopolistic power, we want to ensure that we are keeping them honest.”
Here’s a video of the Freedom Sleeve in action: