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The low-cost Sprint MVNO FreedomPop just launched its freemium phone service last month, but now it's expanding phone selection by letting users bring their own handsets. However, that doesn't mean you can take just any Sprint device over the FreedomPop and kiss your bill goodbye – there are some restrictions.

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FreedomPop has to work within the confines of Sprint's system, and that means it can't activate most handsets right now. However, the carrier does have authorization to activate a number of older devices including the HTC Evo 3D, HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and the LG Optimus S. The MVNO is also working to allow unlocked phones like the Nexus 5 to work with its service and should have this sorted out soon. The company is also selling a batch of old Evo 4G handsets for $99 off-contract.

FreedomPop offers a basic tier of VoIP/IP service with 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of 3G/4G data for free. You can pay a few dollars per month to get unlimited calls, texts, or more data. Users simply download a companion app that handles all the VoIP features, but FreedomPop only has access to Sprint's WiMAX 4G network, which is obviously not in great shape.

[PR NewsWire, FreedomPop]

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  • Lucas Laws

    This might be a great way to re-purpose my poor neglected Nexus S 4G.

    • varun

      No, it doesn't work - I just checked! I would have loved to keep it around as a backup phone. :(

      • Jordan Pt

        Doesn't work right now, but who knows if it will in the future. If they're working on getting the Nexus 5, then there's no reason you shouldn't be able to use an old Nexus S.

  • UndergroundWire

    How about the Nexus 5?

    • Brad

      "However, the carrier does have authorization to activate a number of older devices"

      What's old mean to you?

      • UndergroundWire

        It's an open device which runs on Sprint and doesn't need Sprint to authorize it since it can be activated on AT&T and T-Mobile as well. I never said it was an old device hence the question.

        You don't have to be a dick about it. Geesh!

    • Antony

      I guess when FreedomPop sorts itself out, Nexus 5 will be supported. I have one, and I am disappointed that my Nexus 5 is not yet supported

      • UndergroundWire

        For now I am using T-Mobile $30 plan. It is a secondary device for me. If I can use it for free with Freedom Pop, I will do it in a heartbeat.

  • Antony

    The interesting issue I am seeing here is that even if you are the current FreedomPop customer (I have Overdrive Pro 4G WiMax), FreedomPop actually says it doesn't offer the phone service in my location.

    I checked their coverage map, it shows my location has both LTE and 4G WiMax...so confusing

  • Justin Johnson

    Any one know if their VoIP works over wifi. If so this would make for a nice cheap way to call home when overseas.

    • Duke

      Yes! Txt and VIOP work over WIFI seamlessly through the normal android dial pad..

      I just wrote a blog about my experience signing up with my old EVO 4G. Totally free 30 day trial and calls and txt work over WIFI. Not bad..

      http://www.bigbear247.com/freedompop

    • mike

      use magicjack app on android 2.3 or higher to make free calls to usa and canada

  • silver_arrow

    As a Canadian who travels down to the US two or three times a month this might be perfect. Just buy the phone off craigslist for a good deal and leave my Nexus 4 at home when going down for the day.

  • Derail Doax

    Amazing. I think Sprints horrible network is worth it at free.

  • Steve

    I thought Sprint policy was that MVNOs could only use Sprint-locked phones 1+ years old.

    It would be cool if you could use new unlocked devices, though.

    • Jordan Pt

      Not true. Republic Wireless just got the MotoX, and Ting now supports the Nexus 5. Both are MVNOs on Sprint, and both phones are brand spanking new.

      • Steve

        That seems to be the exception as Ting itself says in their FAQ:

        "What kinds of devices can I bring to Ting?

        Newer smartphones like the S4 and the HTC One cannot be brought over. Likewise, BlackBerry and Push-to-Talk (PTT) devices cannot make the move."

  • Clifford

    Is there a way I can activate my sprint service from free

  • Jordan Pt

    FreedomPop has access to Sprint's LTE network now, at least for their Mobile Hotspots. There shouldn't be any reason why they can't use it for Phones too. They probably just don't have permission to use any phones that have LTE capabilities yet. Once they get newer devices(or even the Nexus 5) there should be no reason to prevent you from being able to use LTE.

  • Mike

    The HTC EVO 3D was unsupported as of Nov 20th. Freedompop told me this phone was unavailable for activation at this time.

  • Inverse Rose

    I have a sprint HTC evo 4g but can't get it to activate though I have had it released by sprint.

  • Bert

    Nexus S is still not supported as of 11/27/13. What other phones have you all tried? Which ones work, and which ones don't?

  • HJayarr

    Except they're not. Tried activating my EVO 3D and it rejected me saying they didn't support my phone "yet." Bought from Sprint (obviously...) and the contract has been over for a long time since I got my 3D on release day.

  • cuti7399

    i have a old htc evo 4g and have been using since nov without any problem. thinking about going for 10.99 plan which has unlimited text and talk