FreedomPop Bets on 4G With Clearwire

FreedomPop has inked a new 4G wholesale agreement with Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), even as LightSquared says it still has a deal with the new startup from Skype Ltd. co-founder Niklas Zennstrom.

The companies said Tuesday morning that FreedomPop will use Clearwire's WiMax network to launch its free wireless service. As Clearwire updates its network to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the coming year or so, FreedomPop will use that update to offer users faster services.

FreedomPop says that it will offer "free mobile services for all." How exactly it plans to fund a service is, however, unclear at present. Nonetheless, a deal with Clearwire gives FreedomPop a ready-made network in many major cities in the U.S. to get its services underway.

FreedomPop signed a deal with LightSquared for 4G service in December 2011. LightSquared spokespeople reached Wednesday morning by Light Reading Mobile say that the deal is still in place.

FreedomPop hasn't responded to questions about the agreement yet.

Why this matters
LightSquared has more than 30 wholesale 4G agreements in place right now and has said that it expects to sign many more. The venture, however, is struggling to jump regulatory hurdles to launching its LTE network because of GPS interference issues, which may cause more of its partners to look elsewhere.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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