AT&T GoPhones – HTC Freestyle Pay As You Go Cell Phone – Refurbished
HTC Freestyle GoPhone, a quick messaging quad-band phone with 3.2-inch touchscreen and HTC FriendStream for integrated social networks on home screen, is available for the lovers of prepaid service (pay as you go service) in its refurbished version for $269.99. It is a great opportunity to have this quick messaging phone from AT&T that runs on Brew Mobile Platform and offers smartphone-like applications to users, who wish for no contract obligations as well as no credit checks. So to enjoy using HTC Freestyle, all you need to do is to refill your account online, with prepaid cards or directly from your phone with the amount of your choice.
HTC Freestyle’s premium design with aluminum unibody housing leaves the impression of sturdiness in the hand. You have the feel that it could handle a fall here and there even if it is smaller from company’s previous smartphones. It is 4.2 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide by 0.49 inch deep and weight 4.52 ounces. It features 3.2-inch glass capacitive display with a 320-by-480-pixel that provides crystal-clear resolution.
However, there is a serious issue with virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard is small, has black background, but the biggest problem of all is that you must switch the orientation manually, because the phone has no accelerometer, a device built into the phone that “tells” the phone which way it is being held up.
HTC Freestyle runs on Brew Mobile Platform with its Sense user-friendly interface, so getting used to it shouldn’t be a problem. It keeps it all organized by grouping all messages, emails, texts, tweets and status updates from one person, for easy viewing and accessing.
Since Freestyle is advertised as the quick messaging phone, apps that add a lot to that epithet are HTC Sense with its customization options as well as FriendStream, application that keeps up with all the social network updates from Facebook and Twitter in one place, so that you know what’s up, without actually going on those sites.
This phone also features a full HTML browser that allows web browsing like on PC but the resolution does not quite follow. However, a nice feature is the option of saving bookmarks. The 3G data speeds serve a full HTML browser well, but nothing astonishing.
Multitude of third party applications installed on HTC Freestyle threatens to be a bloatware. Apps like AT&T Navigator and Vlingo’s Voice App are quite useful even if they require an extra fee but that is all. All other are just there to trick you to free downloads but than automatically lead to monthly charges, if you don’t cancel in time. What’s left to say? However if you feel like downloading any extra games and apps you can do it on AT&T AppCenter.
HTC Freestyle also features messaging options that beside text and picture messaging, include instant messaging and AT&T Mobile E-mail. In addition, Bluetooth, GPS, PC syncing, USB mass storage, the standard 3.5mm headset jack, an FM radio are available whereas feature like Wi-Fi is missing. HTC Freestyle is equipped with 150 MB storage, and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage.
A 3.2-megapixel camera is also available on this phone with user-friendly interface and possibility of taking pictures in three quality settings. The camcorder is also there for shooting clips. For streaming-video content, HTC Freestyle supports AT&T’s Mobile Video service as well as AT&T Music for downloading music.
The voice quality was satisfying on some occasions and on some other was not. There was some hiss and some static at times but overall, the voice quality as well as reception of HTC Freestyle passed the test. Battery life lasts up to 388 h of stand-by and up to 6 h and 40 min of talk time.
To recap, this phone is not a smartphone and is refurbished, but still offers plenty of smartphone-like features for no contract and pay as you go deals, so keep that in mind when thinking about this phone.