FreedomPop still cagey on revenue model for 'free' mobile broadband service

FreedomPop, a startup backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, is reticent to reveal too much of its business plan to provide "free" mobile broadband service. The company will not use advertising to enable its offer of free voice and broadband data over LightSquared's planned LTE network, nor will all of its services be provided free of charge. However, there is still considerable mystery about what exactly FreedomPop intends to offer and what its ultimate revenue model will be. The company did note that its revenue model will be "similar to those proved on Web, whereby the heavy users subsidize the less active," and confirmed to FierceBroadbandWireless that FreedomPop is actually pursuing a "freemium" model, where basic services are offered for free but premium services cost money. Special feature