November 2013

HTC_EVO_4G_FP_shine.pngFreedomPop’s launch of the Freedom Phone in October, response was “off the hook” as demand flooded the company and they sold out of their inventory in 24 hours.  The team worked furiously to deliver more options to consumers who wanted to bring their cell phones to zero and today they announced a “bring your own phone” plan that allows owners of select Sprint phones to join the FreedomPop network to enjoy the benefits of free voice, data and text.

In addition, the company is now offering a $99 HTC Evo 4G which also comes with a lifetime of free voice, text and data.

Below is a snapshot of some of the coverage around the announcement this morning, with more stories expected to be coming soon.

Congratulations to the FreedomPop team!

FreedomPop Sample Coverage:

Forbes
FreedomPop Plans to bring Cheap Calling Service to the iPhone
By Parmy Olson
November 19, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/11/19/freedompop-plans-to-bring-cheap-calling-service-to-the-iphone/
 
Fast Company
These Smartphones can now get free talk, text and data thanks to FreedomPop
By Pranav Dixit
November 19, 2013
http://www.fastcompany.com/3021892/fast-feed/these-sprint-smartphones-can-now-get-free-talk-text-and-data-thanks-to-freedompop
 
GigaOm
Got an old Sprint phone? FreedomPop will activate it under its freemium plans
By Kevin Fitchard
November 19, 2013
http://gigaom.com/2013/11/19/got-an-old-sprint-phone-freedompop-will-activate-it-under-its-freemium-plans/
 
BusinessWeek
A New Use for old Sprint Phones
November 19, 2013
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-19/a-new-use-for-old-sprint-phones
 
PC Magazine
FreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With Sprint Phones
By Sascha Segan
November 19, 2013
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427326,00.asp
 
Gizmodo
10 Old Sprint Phones Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data
By Eric Limer
November 19, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/10-old-sprint-phones-can-now-get-totally-free-voice-te-1467027252
 
TheNextWeb
FreedomPop now lets you use old Sprint phones on its free mobile service
By Josh Ong
November 19, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-bring-phone-free-mobile-service/
 
Wireless Week
FreedomPop intros bring your own phone option
By Ben Munson
November 19, 2013
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/11/freedompop-intros-bring-your-own-phone-option
 
Engadget
FreedomPop now lets you bring your own phone, offers $99 HTC Evo 4G
By Jon Fingas
November 19, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-you-bring-your-own-phone/
 
9to5Mac
FreedomPop expanding free wireless plan to all Sprint smartphones, iPhones included
By Jordan Khan
November 19, 2013
http://9to5mac.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-expanding-free-wireless-plan-to-all-sprint-devices-iphones-included/
 
Mobile Magazine
How to Get Free Talk, Text and Data on Sprint Via FreedomPop BYOD
By Michael Kwan
November 19, 2013
http://www.mobilemag.com/2013/11/19/get-free-talk-text-data-sprint-via-freedompop-byod/
 
Android Police
FreedomPop Now Lets You Activate Some Sprint Devices On Its Free Phone Service
By Ryan Whitwam
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-lets-you-activate-some-sprint-devices-on-its-free-phone-service/
 
Android Guys
FreedomPop Debuts Bring your own phone plan, now offering HTC Evo 4G
By Scott Webster
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-debuts-bring-phone-plan-now-offering-htc-evo-4g/
 
Telecom Paper
FreedomPop launches “Bring your own phone” initiative
November 19, 2013
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-launches-bring-your-own-phone-initiative–980790
 
TechHive
Bring your own phone to FreedomPop, get free service
By Jared Newman
November 19, 2013
http://www.techhive.com/article/2064686/bring-your-own-phone-to-freedompop-get-free-service.html
 
Hot Hardware
FreedomPop Expands Free Smartphone Plan Offerings, Bring Your Own Sprint Phone
By Seth Colaner
November 19, 2013
http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPop-Expands-Free-Smartphone-Plan-Offerings-Bring-Your-Own-Sprint-Phone/
 
Android Authority
FreedomPop introduces new BYOD plan: gives you free voice, text and data
By Andrew Grush
November 19, 2013
http://www.androidauthority.com/freedompop-byod-318058/
 
Phone Dog
FreedomPop now supports old Sprint phones on free service plan, also selling HTC EVO 4G
Alex Wagner
November 19, 2013
http://www.phonedog.com/2013/11/19/freedompop-now-supports-old-sprint-phones-on-free-service-plan-also-selling-htc-evo-4g/
 
UpRoxx
FreedomPop Brings Free Calls, Text, And Data To Your Old Sprint Phone
By Dan Seitz
November 19, 2013
http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/11/freedompop-brings-free-calls-text-data-old-sprint-phone/
 
Liliputing
Use your old Sprint phone with FreedomPop’s free phone service
By Brad Linder
By November 19, 2013
http://liliputing.com/2013/11/use-old-sprint-phone-freedompops-free-phone-service.html
 
My Android Chief
FreedomPop Introduces New BYOD Plan: Gives You Free Voice, Text And Data
By November 19, 2013
http://myandroidchief.com/freedompop-introduces-new-byod-plan-gives-you-free-voice-text-and-data/
 
DSLReports
FreedomPop Starts Allowing Older Sprint Phones
By Karl Bode
November 19, 2013
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FreedomPop-Starts-Allowing-Older-Sprint-Phones-126721
 
 

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