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4G on the cheap

The FreedomPop (left) and Karma.

The FreedomPop (left) and Karma.

FreedomPop

PRICE: $89 for Burst, set for release in March; $99 for Photon portable device, available now.

ª Photon can be ­returned within one year for full refund.

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ª Connects to Clearwire 4G cellular data network.

ª Burst users get 1 gigabyte free data every month; Photon ­users get 500 megabytes.

ª Additional data costs $10 per gigabyte.

ª Connects via Wi-Fi to as many as eight computers, smartphones, or tablets.

ª Users get an extra 50
megabytes free for each friend they sign up, to a maximum of
500 megabytes.

Karma

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PRICE: Mobile hot spot costs $79.

ª Connects to Clearwire 4G cellular data network.

ª Requires Facebook account.

ª Users get first gigabyte of data for free; additional data costs $14 per gigabyte.

ª Connects via Wi-Fi to as many as eight computers, smartphones, or tablets.

ª Users get 100 megabytes of free data for every friend they
sign up.

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