FreedomPop will begin offering refurbished LTE capable iPhone 5 for $349

FreedomPop will begin offering refurbished LTE capable iPhone 5 for $349
FreedomPop, the MVNO that provides “free” service under the right circumstances, is adding refurbished iPhone 5 smartphones to the line-up.

The devices are “like new” and will be available free and clear for $349. Customers can also bring their own Sprint-branded iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 to the service if they wish. FreedomPop’s “free” plans include 200 minutes, 500 text messages, and 500MB of data.

FreedomPop’s other plans apparently start at roughly $5 per month, but none of the company’s rates are readily apparent anywhere on its web-site. The company claims, however, that it has signed up hundreds of thousands of customers since launching mobile phone service last October.

The iPhone 5 will have access to LTE connectivity, and will use FreedomPop’s voice-over-IP service as the primary carrier, with access to Sprint’s network in other circumstances.  The goal is to sell about 300,000 refurbished smartphones this year, adding to revenue claims for the company somewhere north of $5 million during the last quarter of 2013. FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols expects to see revenues growing to $10 million per month by sometime next year.

FreedomPop is working to have a more capable Android device line-up in addition to the iPhone 5 offering. The Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 should join the fold soon, priced at about $200 and $300 respectively. Yes, those too will be certified like-new refurbs.

Taking the refurbished route is a smart move, since a lot of the devices are usually only leftover returns that cannot be resold as new. More often than not, there is nothing actually refurbished, they are simply new devices that could not be resealed. The iPhone 5 for FreedomPop goes on sale this week.

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5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Too bad it is on the Sprint network...they should try and get the OnePlus One for it....

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

An iphone 5 for mere $349?sign me uo

4. Elfmonster unregistered

Thanks for all the info. Your time frame on Android devices is super helpful. I just ordered a sim card from uppwireless to test that service on one phone. I just ordered Ting on another phone. I just got rid of Republic Wireless (good service, bad phone) due to Moto X overheating like the sun. That's what I get for using a phone without a replaceable battery. I plan to test Freedompop too when those bigger old Androids are good to go. Once you go Wi-Fi calling on an a/c router, it's hard to give up VoIP.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I tried Republic Wireless with their first Moto phone - terrible it was - phone could hold hardly any apps without rebooting and sprint service with wifi still sucked...but, I wonder how it would had been with a better phone...

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Completely free service? How does that work exactly?

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Government subsidy.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If it sounds too good to be true...

8. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The way it works is exactly how it supposed to be "For the time being"... Under the terms and conditions it is Beta release network (MVNO on Sprint) Cost for Free plan: (Not really Free) 200Minutes 200Text 500MB of Data Voicemail gets billed for $2.49/mo Under the T&C's when they go out of "Beta", you will be charged regular consumer rates. (They have no date on there website, but you agree to have your card charged for whatever that plan is) Other Plans: Unlimited Voice Unlimited Text 500MB $4.58/mo +2.49 For Voice mail*/** *Must pay for two years up front **This does not exclude you from the beta when plans go full public 1Year up front: Same plan as above (2year) $6.67/mo +2.49 for Voicemail */** *Must pay for 1 Year up front **This does not exclude you from the beta when plans go full public Month to Month Plan: Same as plan above $10.99/mo + $2.49 for Voicemail * **This does not exclude you from the beta when plans go full public Additional Text/Minutes are 1cent per. Additional Mb are 2.5 cent per. **This does not exclude you from the beta when plans go full public If you choose the "Free service" and use less than 5Mb every month a .99 cent active status fee is charged. Copied from their page: Information they Collect Automatically: We use cookies, web beacons, and other automated devices to collect information about visitors to our Site and users of our Services. Specifically, when you access our Site and our Services, we automatically record information about you, such as your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, platform type, the website from which you came, and the website to which you are going when you leave our Site, date and time stamp, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your account. You have no customer service you call. Everything is done by a ticket system that you submit through there website at present time. That's all the info I found.

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