After hearing the news about this phone offer and approximately 2 days worth of contemplation, I though I would pull the cord and spend the $100 on FreedomPop’s refurbished HTC EVO Design 4G. The service is beta. And the service is a beta. And, they will tell you many times during the sign up that, by the way, in case you did not know, this service is beta. You can get a phone for $100 and the service for free. I am not holding my breath on out of the box fantastic service, but, I am here. I am here to push, prod and otherwise make this service and device bend to my needs, if possible, just in-case this offer is too good to ignore.
I have yet to receive a package with the phone at this point. More to the point, I have not even received a FexEx tracking number at this point. Must point out, I put in my order 6 days ago (4 business days). Their site is pointedly quiet about this point as well.
About that phone, though, what I can glean from the online reviews is that the HTC EVO Design is not the phone of prestige for the cool kids, but has a faithful following. It is probably the phone your mom got for $99 with service contract, probably about 2 years ago.
I am assuming that they are not sending along manuals with the phone because they have a link to the manual off Sprint’s site on FreedomPops faq page about the EVO.
No word on which version of Android with which the phone comes, if it’s rootable, and if rootable, how badly, if at all, will it break the terms of service. As the newscaster who has nothing to write writes, “only time will tell.”
The following are some review links and videos for this phone.
Engaget’s HTC EVO Design 4G review
Here is an early CNet review of the Boost Mobile version…