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Promoted 08-04-2015 by Discombobulated at 06:16 AM View Original Post
FreedomPop.com has Kyocera Hydro Icon Waterproof Smartphone (Certified Pre-Owned B-Stock Device) + FreedomPop Premium Plus + Unlimited Talk & Text, & 1GB Data Plan One-Month Trial on sale for $39.99. Shipping is free. Thanks johnny_miller

Note, the unlimited talk, text plan & premium 1GB data plan are 100% free for the first month. You will continue to receive every month for a combined total of $19.99 after your trial period expires. If you opt in for the FreedomPop Premium, the service is 100% free for the first month. You will continue to receive every month for a total of $5.99 after your trial.

Includes
  • Free 1st Month Trial - Unlimited Talk & Text w/ 1GB Data Plan ($19.99 value)
  • Free 1st Month Trial - FreedomPop Premium Plus ($5.99 value), with:
    • Premium Voice
    • Visual Voicemail
    • Data Rollover
    • Tethering
After trial is complete your phone will include: 100% Free FreedomPop Basic Plan with 500 Texts, 200 Voice Minutes and 500MB of 4G Data every month. Details may be found here.

Specs
  • 1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • 4.5" 960x540 Display
  • microSD card expansion slot (up to 32GB)
  • 8MP Rear + 2MP Front Cameras
  • 2000 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • IPX5 & IPX7 Waterproof Certified: submersible in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes

Editor's Notes & Price Research

Written by Discombobulated

Your subscription will not begin until your device ships. Cancel or downgrade your service at any time. Refer to the forum thread for discussion - Discombobulated

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Edited November 5, 2015 at 01:44 PM by annie930ny
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Now $10 less than a recent Frontpage deal.

Includes
  • Free 1st Month Trial - Unlimited Talk & Text w/ 1GB Data Plan ($19.99 value)
  • Free 1st Month Trial - FreedomPop Premium Plus ($5.99 value), with:
    • Premium Voice
    • Visual Voicemail
    • Data Rollover
    • Tethering
After trial is complete your phone will include: 100% Free FreedomPop Basic Plan with 500 Texts, 200 Voice Minutes and 500MB of 4G Data every month. Details may be found here.

Specs
  • 1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • 4.5" 960x540 Display
  • microSD card expansion slot (up to 32GB)
  • 8MP Rear + 2MP Front Cameras
  • 2000 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • IPX5 & IPX7 Waterproof Certified: submersible in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes
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Last Edited by QuestorJones September 25, 2015 at 09:08 PM
Did anyone else receive the package to find the phone already on?
I did not open my package until the evening and it seems like while the phone was on, it downloaded 400MB of Android updates!
Anyone else in a similar situation?

Does your phone have tabs that are broken off or missing?
Quote from PhilipJ View Post :
2 of my tabs are broken off and missing. Has anyone talked to FreedomPop about getting some replacement backs?
Quote from jongasse View Post :
I am not sure if anyone has paid attention, but the tabs on the back panel for my phone have suffered significant stress.

I love all my phones and inspect them carefully all the time and the first thing I do with a refurbished phone is check the tabs on its backpane.

The tabs on this phone has significant stress, atleast on the one I got.

One tab is almost on the brink of breaking off.

This affects the waterproof ability of the phone as it's the tabs that holds the backplate together.

TLDR: Don't consider the waterproof rating of this phone. The ones we are getting seems to have their backplates yanked out pretty hard during the inspection/refurbishing step and will leak in water due to the panel not fitting right. EEK!
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What is the deal?
A Kyocera Hydro Icon LTE Phone for $39.99. You'll be getting a one-month free trial of the Unlimited Talk & Text plus 1GB of LTE data. This plan normally costs $19.99/month.

You are always welcome to downgrade to the 100% Free Plan, which consists of 200 Voice Minutes, 500 Text Messages, and 500MB of 4G LTE/3G data. Downgrading can be performed directly on your online account page or on your phone.

What networks does it use?
The Kyocera Hydro Icon is able to connect to Sprint's 4G LTE and 3G networks. It can also connect via WiFi.

What's special about this phone?
The Kyocera Hydro Icon is waterproof up to 1 meter.
Note: Just got mine, put it in 1 cup of water for 10 seconds, it's now DEAD and stuck in reboot loop. Front and rear cameras show water. I question the 'waterproof' rating.

Anything else that will help me out?
Check out the new FreedomPop Diagnostic App [google.com]. It's great for testing out your phone and helping to troubleshoot and potential issues that come up.

Does 3G access cost any money?
No, unlike our hotspot plans, there is no cost for nationwide 3G access. It is included as a part of the Free plan.

What if I need more data while on the Free Plan?
When you approach your monthly data limit, you have the option to either have your data service suspended for the remainder of the month, or continue usage on a pay-as-you-go basis. Each additional megabyte of data used beyond your original allotment will cost $0.02 per MB.

If I'm on the Free Plan, what happens if I need more Minutes and Texts?
When you reach your monthly limit of 200 Minutes and 500 Text Messages, your phone service will suspend itself. If you wish to have more Minutes and Texts, you would need to upgrade to a higher plan.

Can I port my existing number over to FreedomPop?
Yes, you can port your number. There is a one-time cost of $9.99 to Port your number.

Can I exceed my data limit, even if it's set to suspend itself?
With automatic top-up disabled (found in the Billing Settings of your account), your data service will suspend itself when you're within 100MB of your data limit. Please note that there is a 3-hour delay in data reporting from Sprint's towers to our system, so there is a slight chance that you can exceed your limit if there is significant usage within that 3-hour window. If you're only browsing the web/reading articles, then you should be fine. However, if you're doing high data usage activities during that window (such as Netflix or large downloads), then there's a chance you can go over, since our system won't recognize that you're at your limit in time to suspend you.

What kind of coverage do I need? What network do you use?
The Kyocera Hydro Icon requires a data connection in order to send/receive calls and texts messages (VoIP). The data connection can including WiFi, 4G LTE, or 3G. To check out 4G LTE and 3G coverage, visit http://www.freedompop.com/coverage3g4g. Be sure to select the 4G LTE and 3G boxes. Connecting to any local WiFi network works too!

Will different data connections affect call quality?
As with all phone services, call quality is entirely dependent on your data coverage/proximity to your local cell towers. Call quality will be better when you're connected via either 4G LTE or WiFi, when comparing to 3G. Recommend installing PNF (Push Notification Fixer) app to keep the TCP connection that receives instant notifications, such as incoming calls, active because Sprint's network terminates it earlier than other carriers.

How about app updates?
The FreedomPop Development Team is constantly working to improve all aspects of our phone service, ranging from battery life to latency. As a result, we will release updates to our Messaging App that will increase the overall quality. In order to take advantage of these improvements, you would need to update the FreedomPop Messaging App in the Google Play Store.

How do I get even more free data every month?
You can connect with other FreedomPop users through Freedom Friends (found on your account page) and earn up to an extra 500MB of extra data, every month for free! Check out this thread- http://slickdeals.net/f/5276432-freedompop-friends

How long for shipping?
Estimated shipping time-frame is about 2 weeks. As the deal gets more popular, shipping times may increase.

Have a Billing Issue?
We encourage all our users to come to us first to see if we can explain any charge or resolve any billing issue before further escalation.

Customer Support:
Email is probably the best way to reach us (support@freedompop.com) or you can go to our Community Forum (http://forums.freedompop.com [freedompop.com]). If you absolutely must speak to us, you can call (888) 743-8107 (M-F 9am-5pm PDT). You can also PM us!

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Service will come activated on FreedomPop. Can be activated on Sprint & other Sprint MVNOs, though you'd need to cancel service with FreedomPop first. You'd also need to disable the FreedomPop Messaging App.

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I bought a Samsung Galaxy SII from FreedomPop and reflashed the ROM to the Sprint version, and it worked fine. It was pretty easy, actually. I do not know if this phone has a readily available Sprint ROM.

A TIME article that is worth reading before taking the plunge (especially the comments at the end): FreedomPop's Free Wireless Would Be Cool If It Wasn't So Shady [time.com]
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damn... i bought the $50 deal... wonder if they PM themselves....
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#5
It has a SIM slot for LTE... Can it be unlock able to GSM in over sea???
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Last edited by Onimu August 3, 2015 at 08:07 PM
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Can you still downgrade plans to the free 500 mb plan?
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Can you still downgrade plans to the free 500 mb plan?
OP already listed this Smilie

"After trial is complete your phone will include: 100% Free FreedomPop Basic Plan with 500 Texts, 200 Voice Minutes and 500MB of 4G Data every month."
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#8
Much better phone than the $25 ZTE Force I have. Sort of want...
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can i use this on att
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Quote from worldbfree1 View Post :
can i use this on att
AT&T is GSM

FreedomPop is a MVNO that piggybacks off the SPRINT network. (CDMA)

CDMA and GSM are two different technologies.

So NO, the Kyocera Hydro Icon /Vibe that FreedomPop is selling will not work on AT&T.

MVNO= https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob...k_operator
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#11
can you use this phone as a hotspot?
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can you use this phone as a hotspot?
Would like to know as well.
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This is not the same deal as before. The other deal, although was for $10 more, included a vehicle charger. I think this is the better deal, because most don't need to vehicle charger.
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Quote from wasabi_fu View Post :
This is not the same deal as before. The other deal, although was for $10 more, included a vehicle charger. I think this is the better deal, because most don't need to vehicle charger.
Free vehicle charger laugh out loud? You can get it for $1 on ebay.
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#15
Beware of the quality of these pre-owned/pre-certified phones. I recently got the nexus 5 phone from freedom pop just a small drop and the screen(glass) shattered. I owned the original nexus 5 for a long time - had accidental dropped on multiple occassions neved has this problem.
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