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October 10, 2012

NetZero 4G Data Share Lets Subscribers Hand Out Free Data Over Facebook

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

NetZero Wireless recently unveiled an interesting new promotion that allows data sharing over Facebook (News - Alert). Called NetZero 4G Data Share, this program allows NetZero subscribers to hand out upwards of one gigabyte of data per month.

Basically, it works like this: Any NetZero subscriber can participate, from those with the free 200MB plan up to the 4GB plan, by sending friends 200MB of data each, up to 1GB total per month. Those who receive the bandwidth will need to sign up at NetZero's Data Share Web page in order to use this free data; they must also have access to either a NetZero 4G USB stick or 4G hotspot device. Users can receive multiple 200MB allowances from multiple users, again for a total of 1GB per user per month.

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Users can share with one another repeatedly from month to month for as long as the program is active.

"With the launch of this innovative program, we are remaining true to our commitment to bridge the digital divide and bring the power of the Internet to more Americans," said Rusty Taragan, president of NetZero Wireless. "This program has the potential to deliver an enormous amount of free data at 4G speed to NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband subscribers to use online without being tethered to a home Internet or public Wi-Fi connection."

 NetZero launched its free 4G wireless service in March of this year through a partnership with Clearwire (News - Alert). Touting no contract or commitment and completely free of activation or overage charges, NetZero's wireless service has truly turned some heads. However, there are a couple of caveats.

Subscribers still have to pay either $50 for a 4G USB stick or $100 for a 4G Hotspot hub, which allows up to eight devices to be connected simultaneously. Furthermore, Clearwire Corp's network has been chastised for not being very up to date.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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