What kind of phone can I use with my SIM card?
If you bought a FreedomPop SIM card, please make sure the device you choose to use with it, is compatible. Your phone or tablet has to be an Android or iPhone device, and it has to be GSM Unlocked.
What does GSM Unlocked mean?
GSM is a special kind of phone technology. It works by putting account information (like your phone number, contact list and more) onto a SIM card. Then, you put that SIM card into a device, and you can use the device to make calls, send text messages and download apps.
If the phone is not the right kind of phone, it will not be able to access the information that is on the SIM card.
Sometimes, companies that sell phones, only want you to use that phone with their SIM cards. So they will LOCK the phone. For example, if you buy a phone that is locked to the T-Mobile network, you will not be able to use it with a FreedomPop SIM card. You can only use it with a T-Mobile SIM card.
However, if you buy a phone that is UNLOCKED, you can use it with any SIM card, including FreedomPop’s SIM cards.
Buying a phone directly from the company that makes the phones, instead of buying it from a carrier, is one way to get an UNLOCKED device. For example, if you buy an iPhone directly from the Apple store, instead of buying it from a carrier like AT&T, you can get it Unlocked.
But, you can also get UNLOCKED phones from retailers like Amazon or eBay, or even physical stores like Fry's Electronics and Best Buy. FreedomPop, also sells GSM unlocked phones at shop.freedompop.com.
*Amazon listing for a GSM Unlocked phone