If you thought the HTC EVO Design 4G was dead, think again. The device has been resurrected on Sprint MVNO FreedomPop, for only $99.99 with no contract and – get this – no monthly charge for service.
You may have heard of FreedomPop in the past. It’s the MVNO that piggybacks off the Sprint 3G EVDO and 4G WiMAX networks and offers small allotments of free mobile data to compatible devices. It’s a novel concept, but for the first time, FreedomPop’s business model is being applied to smartphones, too.
Here’s how it works: If you buy and activate the EVO Design 4G on FreedomPop, you will get 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of 3G/4G data each month for free. That’s certainly not a lot for power users, but it’s perfect for people who spend the majority of their time on WiFi, use apps like Google Voice for texting, and use VOIP for calling.
If you decide you want more, though, FreedomPop has you covered. For $7.99/month, you can get 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB data. And for $10.99/month, you can unlimited minutes and texts and 500MB. If you ever need more data, don’t worry – additional data can be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis for an additional 2 1/2 cents per MB. That works out to over $25/GB, but the service is so cheap anyway that this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Do keep in mind, though, that you are restricted to Sprint’s 3G network or WiMAX – no LTE for you.
Interestingly, the EVO Design 4G is advertised as 12GB, which might make sense if this particular version actually comes with 16GB, but the system files take up 4GB. (Does anyone else think it’s funny that, in the picture, there are no Sprint signal bars?)
In any case, this is an intriguing offer, even if the phone is incredibly outdated. Will any of you pick this up for yourself?[FreedomPop via Android Community]