FreedomPop allows Sprint phones with their free service plan, sells HTC EVO 4G for $99
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop has announced today that they’ve made their second smartphone available, the HTC EVO 4G. The WiMAX-enabled HTC EVO 4G can be purchased for $99 off contract. In addition, FreedomPop allows Sprint phones now through their BYOD option. Customers can now bring their old Sprint phones and activate them with FreedomPop Phone VoIP-based mobile free service plan. The free plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data per month.
The phones currently supported by FreedomPop are HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Galaxy S III and LG Optimus S, according to GigaOm. Many more will be supported soon as well, hopefully including iPhone. FreedomPop has also added access to Sprint’s LTE network in August but is offering only mobile hotspot LTE-enabled. Back than, the company announced adding LTE smartphones as well before 2013 ends, that will be priced a little higher, close to $200.
Besides WiMAX connectivity, the HTC EVO 4G features a 4.3-inch display, 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera and it ships with a 4GB microSD memory card. Those who pair it with free service plan and find minutes, texts and data included insufficient can go for FreedomPop’s unlimited talk and text plan for $10.99 per month.
Even though FreedomPop is working to support activating more Sprint phones with their free and paid service plans, they won’t be able to activate newer Sprint phones. From November 15, Sprint has blocked their MVNOs from activating phones “less than one year old” as Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nexus 5. Luckily, Nexus 5 in particular can still be activated on Sprint MVNO Ting but only those phones that are purchased from Google Play Store, not from Sprint, Amazon, and Best Buy. This could be valid for other Sprint MVNOs as well.
Source: FreedomPop, GigaOm