Gizmodo the eligible phones are :
- HTC EVO 4G
- Samsung Epic 4G
- Samsung Epic 4G Touch
- Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB
- LG Optimus S
- Motorola Photon 4G
- HTC EVO 3D
- Boost Prevail by Samsung
- Galaxy Nexus by Samsung
- Nexus S 4G by Samsung
I'm not sure if this list is 100% accurate as I just tried activating a clean ESN Motorola Photon 4G that's not currently active on any operator and got shot down with a "Snap, looks like we do not currently support your phone model" message.
I did an online chat with FreedomPop support and was told that "Your phone will likely work after we fix some bugs in the system."
Update Nov 19, 8:11PM PST - Regarding the activation errors with allowed phones, FreedomPop posted on their Facebook page that "we are working on fixing this on our site and hope to have the current issue corrected after tonight. After the update you should not have issues activating your phone."
Update Dec 13 - Users are continuing to be unable to activate most of the phones on the Gizmodo list. There are active threads on HowardForums and SlickDeals where people are reporting their successes and failures. So far only the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Design and Samsung Epic 4G Touch have been reported as activating successfully.
Update Dec 18 - FreedomPop posted on the SlickDeals forum that they have stopped activating the Samsung Epic 4G Touch (aka Galaxy S II) due to "...some bugs that we are working to fix. The device should be supported again very soon"
Update Dec 20 - The issue with the Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint's name for the Galaxy S II) seems to have been resolved as two people reported being able to activate an S II today.
If you have a phone you want to try go to www.freedompop.com/byod and please share your experiences in a comment. If you don't have a qualifying phone, FreedomPop will sell you a refurbished HTC EVO 4G for $99.
FreedomPop's free plan includes 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.
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