Sprint has struck a deal with fledgling mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) FreedomPop, agreeing to provide the company with access to its brand new LTE network. The network, scheduled to launch next week, will cover Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio, and will be supplemented elsewhere by 3G and WiMAX services.
FreedomPop plans to provide users with 500MB of free data each month, only charging for premium plans. Customers will be able to trade megabytes between each other, creating an ecosystem which the MVNO hopes to leverage through social networking.
FreedomPop recently closed a $7.5 million funding round on the back of its $99 "Freedom Sleeve," which allows iPhone users to connect to Clearwire's WiMAX network. Real LTE coverage will allow the company to ditch the odd accessories — while LTE coverage on Sprint has so far been practically non-existent, the carrier plans to cover 250 million people by the end of 2013.