FreedomPop on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of their latest device, the HTC EVO 4G. Selling at $99 without a contract, FreedomPop will pair the smartphone with rate plan that starts at a mere $7.99 per month. For your money you’ll get 500 voice minutes, unlimited text messages, and 500MB of data. For only $10.99 you can bump up to a plan that pulls in unlimited calls.
For those wondering how FreedomPop is able to offer these low rates, the catch comes in the network. Voice calls are delivered via Voice Over IP (VoIP) with data backed by Sprint‘s 3G/4G network. While FreedomPop does use both WiMax and LTE there are no smartphones offered by the carrier that take advantage of the faster connection. The HTC EVO 4G uses WiMax for data.
Speaking of smartphones, customers can now bring their old Sprint devices to FreedomPop for service. So, should that refurbished HTC EVO 4G from 2010 not be enough smartphone for you, dig out something else!
With FreedomPop’s new “Bring your own phone” plan, consumers can easily migrate their service to FreedomPop by simply activating their phone on FreedomPop.com/phoneactivate. Their phones will then work seamlessly on FreedomPop’s nationwide 3G and 4G network getting voice, text and 500 MBs of data services for free each month.
It’s worth pointing out that now all Sprint devices are good to go just yet. For now, the carrier is looking to allow for the more popular models that are free of contract. Indeed, this means older models that aren’t as powerful, but that’s what you might expect for the target demographic. Looking ahead, FreedomPop plans to allow support for unlocked models supported on the Sprint network, including the Nexus 5.