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FreedomPop Launches First Phone For Free 500MB, 200 Minutes, 500 Texts Plan

Freemium prepaid mobile broadband provider FreedomPop has quietly started taking orders for the first phone for their free mobile service plan.

The phone is a refurbished Sprint HTC EVO Design with 4G WiMAX, which FreedomPop is calling  the "FreedomPhone" and selling for $99.99 plus $6.99 shipping and sales tax in California only.

The Free plan comes with 200 Voice Minutes, 500 Texts and 500 MB of 3G or 4G data per month. Additional data is  2.5¢/MB.  Their are also two paid plans:
  • $7.99/month - 500 Voice Minutes, Unlimited Texts and 500 MB of 3G or 4G data
  • $10.99/month - Unlimited Voice Minutes, Unlimited Texts and 500 MB of 3G or 4G data
For an extra $9.99/month you can upgrade any of the plans to 1 GB of data per month with 1¢/MB overage data. Visual Voicemail is  also available as a $2.49/month add-on. 

Voice service on all plans uses VOIP, meaning that it uses the network's data transport rather than the voice channel. I doubt that VOIP will work very well, if at all, on Sprint's legacy 3G network. But VOIP over a good WiFi or WiMAX connection should be quite usable.  I think that many users, like myself, who communicate mainly by text and social media, will be perfectly happy with FreedomPop's limited voice availability, especially at the price of free.

The EVO Design 4G launched on Sprint in late 2011. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4 inch 960x540px qHD screen, 1.2 Ghz single core Qualcomm MSM8655 processor (which the FreedomPop site incorrectly claims is dual core), 5 MP main camera, 1.2 MP front facing camera, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. 

The EVO Design is dual mode CDMA a world with quadband GSM support. GSM HSDPA 3G is only supported on the non-US 2100 Mhz band. The GSM side of the Sprint EVO Design 4G is unlocked for international use but access to US GSM networks is blocked. 

FreedomPop's CEO Steven Sokol told GigaOM that additional phone models, include some with LTE are comong soon and that FreedomPop has 30,000 Android WiMAX phones available with more n the way.

Source FreedomPop via GigaOM

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  1. How much of the 500MB data will be used up by the 200 free minutes and 500 free txt?

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    1. FreedomPop says 500MB AND 200 minutes AND 500 tests which makes it sound like they are separate buckets. If not, 200 VOIP minutes would use around 100 MB with a good codec. Texts use very little data, probably about 100 KB for 500 texts

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  2. I assume FreedomPop will not allow BYOSD?

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    1. Not yet. It's supposed to be coming eventually.

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    2. no number porting either at this point

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  3. The only downfall is that it is on the legacy WiMAX network. Otherwise, this would be a damn good deal!

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  4. Is Sprint planning on shutting down WiMAX and replacing it with LTE?

    If so, alot of non-LTE customers would be left out or have a really good reason to tell the wife I need a new phone.

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  5. Only in one state, it appears...

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  6. Does this service support mms? If you sign up for the basic plan but exceed 200 minutes are you charged for 2.5 cents per MB for extra data use for calling, or do they automatically move you into the next tier pricing? If you have poor 3g or Wimax signals in your home and use Wifi for making calls, I can see the battery level draining quickly unless they have some kind of low energy drain wifi standby mode. Otherwise Wifi has to be on constantly in order to alert you of an incoming call.

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    1. FreedomPop doesn't mention MMS. I think its unlikely that they will support it.

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  7. Is there any fee or tax in free plan?

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    1. If you are in California, sales tax is charged on the phone purchase. There are no taxes on plans and the free plan is really free if you opt out of all the add-ons like visual voice mail and you don't go over the monthly limits. FreedomPop has your credit card info so if you do go over the 500 MB etc. limits they will charge you.

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  8. B"H
    I ordered last nite right away.
    Excited.
    I'm in NY and spend $160 month on 2 sprint phones currently.
    This should be good for kids who I currently have on PTEL

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  9. FAQ says FreedomPhone is still in beta and number porting will be available when they exit.

    FAQ for LTE modem upgrades:

    "I already have a FreedomPop device. How do I qualify for a LTE trade-in?"

    Ans. You can see if you qualify for a trade-in by contacting Customer Support. Users will be responsible for covering the difference in price.

    They are probably working the Sprint LTE zip codes first.

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