On Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, FreedomPop, which for $99 turns your old iPod Touch into a virtual VoIP iPhone with its built-in 4G LTE hotspot case, is announcing a deal with free text and calling service textPlus. The partnership gives FreedomPop users free access to make calls, text, check email, watch streaming movies with 4G speed, and even tether other devices. The free plan specifically gives users 500MB of 4G data. Paid elements of the service, such as family plans, cost anywhere from $4 to $15 per month.
Turn your old iPod into a VoIP device for less than $100. This looks like the Chris Anderson phenomena of the cost of things just becoming Free. So SMS and text calls are so low-cost now, they might as well be free, but there are business opportunities to make money around supplying or providing access to the free things.