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FreedomPop introduces new BYOD plan: gives you free voice, text and data

FreedomPop has been offering free cellular service since October, but up until now customers had to buy a handset directly through the carrier. This changes today, as FreedomPop has now announced they are adding BYOD support for select Sprint devices.
November 19, 2013

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 HTCEvo 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:

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Samsung Boost PrevailSamsung Epic 4G
  • Samsung Epic 4G Touch
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • Motorola Photon 4G
  • LG Optimus S

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.