FreedomPop updated its list of allowed Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) of their forum today, adding a lot of new phones and tablets. Here's new list (new additions in bold):
Apple iPad - all models and all storage capacities up to and including the iPad Air 2 (formerly only the 16 GB versions of the iPad, Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and iPad 4 were allowed)
Apple iPhone - all models and all storage capacities from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5S
HTC Desire 510
HTC Evo Design
HTC Evo 3D
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo Shift*
HTC One M7
HTC One V
LG Nexus 5
LG Optimus S
LG Optimus V
Motorola Moto G
Motorola Photon 4G
Samsung Galaxy Discover
Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung Galaxy Mega
Samsung Galaxy Prevail
Samsung Galaxy Rush
Samsung Galaxy SII (Samsung Epic 4G Touch is the Sprint name)
Samsung Galaxy SIII
Samsung Galaxy S4** (NO MINI)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0
Samsung Nexus S 4G
*Please be advised: We are currently experiencing issues with BYOD activation of the HTC Evo Shift, activation may not be successful at this time."
**The Samsung Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720) is supported. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Triband Edition (SPH-L720T) is not supported.
Tri-band phones on the list include the
The LG Tribute, LG Volt, Kyocera Hydro, LG Realm, Kyocera Event, Samsung Galaxy Prevail, LG Optimus V, Samsung Galaxy Rush, HTC One V and Kyocera Rise were only sold as prepaid phones on Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid, and never as Sprint postpaid phones.
The CDMA version of the Samsung Galaxy Discover is a Straight Talk and Net10 phone that uses the Sprint network but was never sold by Sprint, Boost or Virgin.
The Apple 6 and 6 Plus, HTC Desire 510 and LTE Tribute were launched by Sprint less than a year ago and are supposed to be blacklisted from activation on any Sprint MVNO.
Either the newly approved phones are bogus, or more likely Sprint has finally removed the prohibitions on MVNOs activating prepaid phones, tribands and non-Sprint phones. That's actually possible. A couple of Sprint MVNO indepentdent dealers have told me that their master agent (distributor), or in one case a MVNO CEO, told them that Sprint would be lifting most the restrictions on which phones MVNOs are allowed to activate on Feb 15. Maybe the restrictions were lifted early?
The "NO Pre-Paids, NO Tri-Bands..." verbiage has been part of the FreedomPop approved phones post since the beginning. So it's possible that the administrator who edited the post simply forgot to remove it.
In any case I don't recommend purchasing any phone for BYOD use on FreedomPop unless you can check the phone's MEID before purchase using FreedomPop's BYOD checker or you can easily return the phone for a full refund. FreedomPop's BYOD activation process has always been unreliable, often rejecting phones that are both on FreedomPop's approved list and verified as OK for activation on third party MEID checkers.
Update 2/5/15: FreedomPop has removed the NO Pre-Paids, NO Tri-Bands... wording from the allowed BYOD list, and added the following "These are the only ones confirmed. Other devices may be attempted and succeed, but we are not including them in our list as they have not been confirmed."
Update 2/6/15: FreedomPop has removed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from the allowed BYOP list
Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop