Free cell phone service provider FreedomPop now supports Apple’s popular iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 smartphones. Starting this week, customers can bring their own or purchase the iPhone 5 directly from FreedomPop for $349.
FreedomPop has previously offered Android phones for sale on its website. It still sells the Samsung Galaxy SII and HTC EVO 4G for $159 and $99 respectively.
While the iPhone 5 is not Apple’s latest model – it was released in September of 2012 – it is still newer than the Android phones on offer.
The FreedomPop “Basic” plan offers 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500MB data per month at no charge. Various paid monthly plans increase voice and text allowances, but more data is only available on a per-megabyte basis. Voicemail is only included in some paid plans.
The company also released an iPhone app, which is necessary for iPhones to access FreedomPop’s network. All calls are actually routed through Sprint’s data network as Voice-over-IP (VoIP) traffic rather than using the phone’s cellular dialer. Customers submit their ZIP code and address to find out if service is available in their area.
Have you used FreedomPop or a similar discount wireless carrier? What did you think?