Free iPhone use? FreedomPop proves it's possible

FreedomPop will allow customers to use the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5 on its network for free.

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FreedomPop, one of a growing number of mobile service providers that deliver services atop a traditional provider's network, is enabling its customers to use iPhones at no charge.

The company is now selling a refurbished iPhone 5 for $349. After picking up the device, customers can use the handset for free, thanks to FreedomPop's no-charge plan, offering 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500MB of data per month.

Those who don't want to buy a handset from FreedomPop can bring Sprint-compatible iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5 handsets to FreedomPop and sign up for the same plan.

FreedomPop has made a splash in the mobile industry with its free plan. Although the offering might not provide enough service for heavy mobile users, first-time smartphone owners or those who only use the device sparingly might find it to be a perfectly suitable option. FreedomPop's service runs atop Sprint's LTE, 4G WiMax, and 3G CDMA networks.

Prior to offering the iPhone 5, FreedomPop was selling the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Evo 4G. Those devices are still available to customers who prefer the Android option.

CNET has contacted FreedomPop for additional comment on the iPhone launch. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via Recode)