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Free Mobile Phone Service with FreedomPop HTC Evo 4G
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Don't bother 09/30/2014

This review is from: Free Mobile Phone Service with FreedomPop HTC Evo 4G

Pros: Service (if you stay below limits) is free
Calls can be made when you are connected via WiFi

Cons: 4G is WiMax, not LTE. The coverage maps are inaccurate--do not assume you will have 4G coverage just because the map of your area shows it.
Phone is well used, not just a refurb of a return.
Battery holds charge about 6-8 hours on standby. (See previous point--possible this would improve if you bought a new battery.)
Calls cannot realistically be made over 3G.
Vintage 2010 phone
Android 2.3

Other Thoughts: I picked this up cheap on Neweggflash, thinking "how can you go wrong with free cell phone service?" The short answer is: when your phone doesn't actually work as a cell phone.
Freedompop calls all go through data coverage--not normal cell coverage. Despite any claims that calls over 3G are possible, I was never able to make or receive a call over 3G that both people could hear each other.
This is an old phone that connects over Sprints old 4G WiMax service. Despite the coverage maps at both Freedomop and Sprint's web sites showing I had coverage, I was not able to connect via 4G anywhere in a roughly 20 mile range that I tried. When I finally (after 9 days) got someone at Freedompop support to respond for help as to why I could not connect on 4G, I was told that the maps were inaccurate and Sprint did not cover that area. I'm not entirely sure whether that was true or something else was wrong, but the other possibility is that Customer Support is atrocious. (It's also quite possible both are true.)
I don't want to say that you should avoid Freedompop. It's possible that with an LTE phone you could get a 4G connection that will allow you to consistently make and receive cell calls. But with the HTC Evo, you likely just plain can't. If you've already got a phone on the Sprint system that will work with their BYO approach, it might be worth a try. But I'd avoid spending money on a device with the expectation that you'll be getting free phone service.

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Collection LED A19 / 10 Watt / 75 watt Incandescent replacement / 636 lumen / warm white / 3000k  / 40,000 hr   / 3 yr warranty
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works well on dimmer switches. (I've had problems with SunSun bulbs which claimed to be dimmable, so this is no small accolade.)
Warm light for an LED light. Most tend to be a much harsher light. (You will pay a price for warmer light in terms of brightness--see other thoughts.)

Cons: Somewhat heavy for its size.

Other Thoughts: I would have to agree with other comments that it does not produce the same light as a 75 watt incandescent. However this goes with getting the warm light bulb. If you don't mind a harsher light, there is a 10 watt (same power usage) 905 lumen "Daylight" bulb by the same manufacturer which will be much brighter.

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SunSun Lighting A19 LED Light Bulb / E26 Base / 6.5W / 40W Replace / 450 Lumen / Dimmable / UL / 5000K / Cool White
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Decent price for LED bulb if you catch it on a deal.

Cons: Does NOT work on a dimmer, despite the product page's claim. Bulb flickered throughout the dimming/brightening and then flickered periodically after the brightness level was left steady. At the low power end, the bulb flickered constantly. On one fixture, when the switch was turned off, the bulb would still flicker.

Other Thoughts: Bulb seemed to work when not on a dimmer switch. If you aren't looking for a dimmable bulb and the price is as good as one that doesn't make that claim, this could be a viable option for you.

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Display Name: Jamie M.

Date Joined: 06/30/11

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 12/31/13
  • Last Review: 09/30/14
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