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