Back in October, FreedomPop unveiled a free cellular service that offered 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data for absolutely free. The Sprint-based MVNO carrier even introduced an optional $10.99 plan that adds unlimited voice and texts to the mix.
The only real catch for FreedomPop is that you previously have had to buy the $99 HTC Evo Design to try out their offering, but that changes today.
FreedomPop is now adding the ability to bring your own device over to their free service, though only a select number of handsets are currently compatible with the BYOD option:
While none of the devices listed are exactly bleeding edge, there are some heavier hitters in there including the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3.
If you were hoping to use a newer device, Freedompop’s co-founder and CEO Stephen Stokols promises they are working to enable all Sprint compatible devices on their network in the hopefully not-too-distant future. This means a time might even come when you can buy the Nexus 5 via the Play Store and bring it over to FreedomPop!
Like the idea of free service, but not so keen on using Sprint’s network? Stokols mentions that they are currently exploring the possibility of supporting multiple carrier networks down the road.
For more details on FreedomPop and to see if you are currently in a supported area, you’ll want to head on over to FreedomPop’s official website.
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So lemme get this straight…. I have an ole EVO 3D. I can just call them and have them set the thing up for free service? I think I just found the perfect companion for dear ole MOM!!
I like this, but my phone isn’t supported yet. They said they would contact me when it is. It shouldn’t take too long, since the phone I have technically IS on the list. It’s the Samsung Galaxy S II/Epic 4G Touch, but it’s the version they sell for VirginMobileUSA. I could easily Flash the Sprint version Firmware to make it fully compatible, but they go by the MEID to determine if they can let me use it.
The big limitation to this is they only allow 500MB on their basic
plans, and while they do allow calls over WIFI, it still counts towards
your minute allowance(a mere 200 per month on the Free plan)
I already have one of their Mobile Hotspots, the Freedompop Photon, that I use occasionally with my tablet when I don’t have Wifi available(Although it’s limited to 4g WIMAX, with out even a 3G fallback, so that also limits the areas it will work in).
It’s pretty easy to get an extra free 500 MB of data a month. You need to add 10 other Freedompop users as “friends”. There’s a thread on Slickdeals.net where people share their emails for this purpose.
I couldn’t activate the Epic 4G. Called FreedomPop and was told the only ones supported at this time are the HTC Evo 4G, Evo Design, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 (aka Epic 4G Touch).