Hi Woot! So glad to be back here to present another deal for our Free Phone Service with a selection of Android phones. If you have any questions about FreedomPop, I’ve included our top FAQs below (along with a link to a more expanded set). I’ll also be around to answer any questions in this thread or through PM!
** 1. Is FreedomPop really free?**
Yes, by activating on the 100% free, you’ll be able to get 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data for free each and every month. Just buy the phone and you’ll never have to pay another phone bill again. Upgrading to unlimited talk & text is only $10.99/month.
** 2. What network does FreedomPop use? **
FreedomPop uses Sprint’s 4G LTE and 3G networks. Calls and texts are made through FreedomPop’s VoIP messaging app, so you must have a data connection in order to send/receive calls and texts. Go to www.freedompop.com/coverage3g4g to view the full coverage. As a way to save your free data allotment, you can also connect to any local WiFi network, such as the one in your home or work.
** 3. What do I do after receiving my phone? **
After you get your FreedomPop phone, please go to www.freedompop.com/activate. Enter in the MEID of your phone, along with your desired email address to be associated with your FreedomPop account. Follow the steps to get fully activated. You will select your FreedomPop phone number during the activation process.
To see an even more expanded FAQs, please check out this page of the FreedomPop Community Forum! Hope everyone has a great day!
I bought the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) last time. I’m actually fairly happy with it.
I’m using it as a spare backup phone. I leave it in my car in the center console armrest cubbie. It’s always plugged into an always-on USB port, so battery isn’t a concern. I could also use it to track my car if someone jacks it.
So far the “free” part has remained free with no hidden charges. It’s a VERY basic plan, and everything more has charges, but that’s okay in my book.
Yes, it’s so cheap because it’s data only. As far as I can tell, even the texts and voice go through the data part of the signal. So if your speeds are poor, your call quality is also poor. Think of this as a glorified Skype phone. Again, that’s fine for me.
Conclusion: it’s great for a backup phone, a kid, or someone on a SEVERE budget.
I’ve purchased both the Nexus 5 and the LG G2 from Freedom Pop. The Nexus 5 looked brand new, the LG G2 looked OK, screen was perfect but back was a little scratched (including camera lens) using Novus products I was able to take most of the scratches off of the Camera lens. There is an update that keeps draining data on The Nexus 5 (that won’t go through). If you want to manually install a new ROM (off of the forums), that’s a workaround that I have not committed to yet. The LG G2 updated fine.
I have been lucky with service/reception- I live in Fort Wayne, IN and the signal is decent. Unfortunately, there are customers that do live in areas that are “covered” but do NOT have good service- so it’s kind of a gamble.
The call quality is not all that great, it’s kind of like 1st generation VOIP over a cell signal. Apparently if you do google hangouts, it’s better- my kids have not tried that yet (most of the time they’re texting). On the free program the MMS is a little weird. I can’t send a picture (in text) to a Freedompop phone, but they can send me one (but it comes as a link, not the picture itself). I guess I could email the person the picture as a workaround.
Look- the service is free. If your area supports it, this is a great phone to have as a backup, for kids, or if you’re on a tight budget. It’s NOT perfect…BUT IT’S FREE and it works decently in certain areas. I bought one for each of my 2 kids (9 and 10) and they love them.
My recommendation would be the Samsung S4 at $110 would be the most tech for the $$. The Samsung S4 still has a decent quad core processor, the same resolution as the S5, a really good camera. Another thing to consider is that Freedompop does not load your phone with the bloatware you get from Verizon/Sprint/ATT. So an older model like the S4 will perform reasonably well.
See this comparison between the S4 and S5. The very slight advantage the S5 has over the S4 is not worth the extra $130 by any means! The Note 2 is still decent if you want a slightly bigger screen and if you would use the writing/drawing on the screen (since the NOte II has a built-in wacom digitizer). But, the S4 has better resolution and a Newer processor than the Note II