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Deal: FreedomPop Nexus 5 For $199.99

eCommerce site StackSocial has the certified preowned, LG made Google Nexus 5 16GB phone for freemium Sprint MVNO FreedomPop on sale for $199.99 with free shipping now through May 5th, while supplies last. That's not a bad deal as used Nexus 5s are currently going for $230 to $300 on eBay.

The Nexus 5 features relatively high-end specs including a 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 8 MP rear-facing autofocus camera and camcorder with LED flash, 1.3 MP front-facing camera and camcorder, Android 5.1 (Lollipop), 5 inch, 1080 × 1920 screen, 16 GB of internal memory and 2GB RAM. The Nexus 5 is SIM unlocked and the bootloader is unlockable.

All US market Nexus 5s are identical. They support the followung bands: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA: 800/850/1900, UTMS/HSPA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and LTE bands 1/2/4/5/17/25/26/41. That means the Nexus 5 supports Sprint Spark tri-band LTE (LTE bands 25,26 and 41) making the first Sprint Spark phone sold by FreedomPop. With the way Sprint has screwed up its Bring Your Own Phone program for MVNOs, it's safest to buy a phone sold for a MVNO rather than hope that a used Sprint phone will work.

Like all phones on FreedomPop, the StackSocial Nexus 5 comes with 500 MB per month of free data, which can be easily increased to 1000 MB with FreedomFriends. It also comes with a year's worth of FreedomPop freebies including unlimited talk and text, visual voicemail, tethering and usage alerts. These are all of dubious value; the free talk and text is only with using FreedomPop's VOIP app - I find Hangouts does a better job for free. Just be sure to cancel the free features before your year is up or you will be charged $17/month for these add-on services beginning with the 13th month.

If you don't want to use FreedomPop, the unlocked Nexus 5 should also work on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or any of their MVNOs. The one reservation I have about this deal is that these phones are up to 18 months old and the non-removable battery is likely starting to show signs of age. Fortunately, replacing the Nexus 5 battery doesn't look too hard.

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  1. I thought FP devices have custom software and you could not BYOD to other MVNO, at least on the Sprint side?
    Only 16GB and no SD slot is kind of a deal killer in my opinion.

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    1. If that turns out to be an issue you can always flash the stock Nexus OS image to turn the phone into a vanilla Nexus 5.

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    2. "Only 16GB and no SD slot is kind of a deal killer in my opinion."

      Seems like a midlevel level device. not flagship, with specs like that.

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    3. Good point Dennis, I did not think about re-flashing it. This was the same device that originally had issue moving between Sprint and GSM, right? I take it that Android L has solved that issue altogether?

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  2. Year's worth, typo

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  3. but so far no body reported about freedompop call quality, battery life, data speed before and after throttling. and how much data we can use etc.

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  4. Dennis, Great post as usual. Do you see this as a better deal than the new G2 on eBay for $189?

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    1. The Nexus 5 is a better deal for two groups of people:
      Those who want a triband-LTE phone that's guaranteed to work on FreedomPop.
      People who value Nexus device's openness and access to the latest stock versions of Android above everything else.

      For everyone else the band new G2 with its bigger battery and screen and much better camera is a much better deal.

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    2. Could you use this Nexus 5 to try Google 's Project Fi, or do you strictly need a Nexus 6?

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  5. Great coverage. Thanks Dennis.

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  6. Nexus 6 officially. Not sure if you could activate with a Nexus 6 then switch.

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  7. Can I use the LG Nexus pop on Simple Mobile? Thank I appreciate the help

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