Bring your own phone to FreedomPop, get free service

Got an old Sprint phone lying around? You might be able to activate it on FreedomPop for free wireless service.

FreedomPop’s free service now supports 14 Sprint devices, with support for about 600 more devices coming over the next several weeks. Here’s the current list of supported phones:

  • HTC EVO 4G
  • Samsung Epic 4G Touch
  • Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB
  • LG Optimus S
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • Motorola Photon 4G
  • Samsung Epic 4G Touch
  • Boost Prevail by Samsung
  • Galaxy Nexus by Samsung
  • Nexus S 4G by Samsung
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G

In addition to the “bring your own phone” offer, FreedomPop had sold an HTC Evo Design smartphone for $99 with no contract, and is now adding HTC’s Evo 4G to its lineup, also for $99.

FreedomPop’s free wireless plans include 500MB of data, 200 voice minutes and 500 text messages; users can pay as they go for more voice, text and data. You can sign up at FreedomPop’s website, where you must enter an e-mail address, zip code, mailing address, and your phone’s MEID number.

There’s a caveat, though: FreedomPop has an “Automated Top-Up” enabled by default, triggering a $10 credit card charge when you come within 100MB of your data limit. You’re then billed by the megabyte for additional usage, and the top-up triggers again when your balance falls below $2.

FreedomPop’s terms of service also allow the company to charge $1 for every month you don’t use your device, though the company says it has been waiving this fee for new users.

As long as you’re mindful of those terms, FreedomPop is an interesting alternative to mainstream wireless carriers. Its closest competitors are Republic Wireless and TextNow, which also rely on Sprint’s network while using VoIP and Wi-Fi calling in certain cases to bring costs down. But while those two services are cheap, neither have a free component like FreedomPop.

FreedomPop still offers other products, including wireless hotspots and a USB stick for laptops.

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