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FreedomPop Expands Free BYOD to Nexus S, Photon 4G, EVO Shift, EVO 3D, EVO Design and Epic 4G

Sprint MVNO FreedomPop's free Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program now supports five new phones. FreedomPop posted the following on their forum yesterday:

***Update***

We now support these phones on BYOD:

HTC EVO 4G
Samsung Galaxy S II (Samsung Epic 4G Touch is the Sprint name)
Samsung Epic 4G
HTC Evo 3D
Samsung Nexus S
Motorola Photon 4G
HTC Evo Shift
HTC Evo Design


Until now the only phones that worked with FreedomPop were the  HTC EVO 4G, HTC Evo Design and Samsung Galaxy S II.

I successfully activated a Motorola Photon 4G on FreedomPop last night. At first the over the air activation kept failing but this morning after a battery pull it succeed and both 3G and WiMAX are working. I haven't had time to test messaging and voice yet.

Whether or not a given phone works seems to be hit or miss. There are many reports on the SlickDeals and FreedomPop forums of supposedly supported phones being rejected by the FreedomPop site as not supported. The highest success rates seem to be with the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II and Motorola Photon 4G. A few people have managed to get a HTC EVO Design, HTC EVO 3D or Nexus S 4G activated but the failure rates for these models seems high. I've not heard of successful activations of the Samsung Epic 4G or HTC EVO Shift

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.

There 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. Users report voice quality and reliability is pretty bad on Sprint's legacy 3G network, but over a good WiFi or WiMAX connection it's pretty good. But even without voice, 500 SMS and 500 MB of data for free is an unbeatable deal.

Go to www.freedompop.com/byod to activate one of the supported phones. If you have a FreedomPop account and that link takes you to your FreedomPop profile, log out and try again. You can have multiple FreedomPop devices but you need to create a separate account with a unique email address for each one. You can use the same name, address and credit card for multiple accounts

I recommend starting with the free plan and skipping the add-on. It's easy to upgrade online later if you like the service and want more minutes or data. Downgrading to the free plan requires a call or email to customer support and it can take several days before the downgrade happens.

Related:
FreedomPop Launches User Forum
FreedomPop Launches Bring Your Own Sprint Phone Program

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  1. You say: "FreedomPop's free plan includes 200 Voice Minutes, 500 Texts and 500 MB of 3G or 4G data per month."

    But then you say: "But even without voice, unlimited SMS and 500 MB of data for free is an unbeatable deal."

    How do you get unlimited SMS for free?

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    1. You don't. That was a typo. The free plan includes 500 texts not unlimited.

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  2. is the data used for making calls will be deducted from the allotted data ?

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  3. Just tried to activate a HTC Evo 3D. It said my device was not yet supported.

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    1. My HTC EVO 3D was not supported for weeks, but I tried the MEID again just for fun a few days ago before their announcement and the activation worked smoothly.
      I just got lucky I guess and the timing was right on their website software considering it has had bugs in the past.

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    2. My HTC EVO 3D also says device is not supported, so I confirm it does *not* appear to be one of freedompop's newly supported models.

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    3. It's hit or miss. ClkClk on Slickdeals was able to activate an EVO 3D:

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  4. I am having trouble understanding FreedomPop's WiMax coverage area. In places like Lansing, MI 48915, Sprint has deployed LTE and lists that and "3G and more" for coverage. Sprint removed WiMax coverage from their map there when they changed all the coverage colors. Clear.com still lists WiMax coverage in Lansing (not their 'Best' coverage though), and FreedomPop used Clear for WiMax when it started, but Sprint bought Clear. Does anyone know whether the Clear network is still operating their WiMax, and whether FreedomPop can still use it wherever they have coverage?

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    1. As far as I know the Clear map is still accurate. Pretend you are going to buy one of the WiMAX only FreedomPop devices and see if it lets you proceed after entering your zipcode and street addresses.

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    2. Dennis: I tried buying a new device. They offered me the free 500mb plan as an option, but the only device I can buy is the Overdrive 3G/4G, not any other. Perhaps they still support WiMax, or maybe they will try to upsell me if the Overdrive does not work on Clear WiMax. The Clear.com site says although they have coverage in 48915, they are not allowed to sell new service there. I also noticed they will not sell me a phone plan in this zip code if I click through the initial selection.

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  5. Dennis, can you use the Hotspot feature on your MotoPhoton4G with FreedomPop?

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    1. It doesn't seem to. Connected to 3G I can enable hotspot and connect to it with my laptop but I can't open any URLs of even ping numeric IP addresses.
      USB tether fails the same way.
      If I'm connected to WiMAX and enable hotspot or USB tether, WiMAX disconects.

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  6. can you activate an evo v?

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    1. No, it's not on the list of allowed devices.

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  7. Will FP allow you to have 2 device under the same account? I already have one of their hotspots, but I had no success trying to add a phone. Do you know if there are any restrictions? The same would apply to 2 phones under the same account.

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    1. One device per email address/account but you can have as many devices as you want as long as you activate each one with a different email account. Same name, physical address and credit card on multiple accounts is OK.

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  8. Off topic. Dennis. Did you see Verizon Prepaid has the iPhone 4S 16GB for $199 on their website.

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    1. Nice, thanks, I've added it to the Prepaid Phones on Sale This Week post

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    2. Can this phone be used on pageplus or straightalk? & only 3g speed right?

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    3. No, Verizon prepaid phones can't be on activated on Verizon MVNOs.

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    4. The iPhone 4S cannot be flashed yet. The iPhone 4 is a better bet if you want to switch to Sprint or unlock it later.

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  9. I checked out the FreedomPop phone service today and was offered the Samsung SII for $160 and the HTC Evo 4G for $120. Their mobile router plan prices have changed too. They offered Pro 500mb 4G/3G for $4.66/month; Discount 2GB 4G/3G for $16.99; and Premium 4GB 4G/3G for $29.99 ($5 discount). When I clicked 'View All Available..', I also saw the Pro 500mb 4G/3G for $3.99; no explained difference. The regular 4G/3G plan prices also appear. Overage rates are identical.

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  10. So is this voice calling/receiving via a custom app or use the native dialer and the sprint tower transfers to fp's voip servers?

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    1. The FreedomPop Messaging app is a customized version of the open source CSipSimple Android VOIP app. It integrates with the native Android dialer.

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  11. just tried to activate a sprint htc evo shift and it said aw snap i cant do it,its a clean esn

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