There was a time when buying an entry-level handset generally meant you were settling for a mediocre Android experience, but thankfully there are a number of recent devices that have bucked this trend. One of these handsets is the Kyocera Hydro Icon, a device that not only packs reasonably solid specs but also offers waterproof protection from blowing rain (IPX5) and can be immersed in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes (IPX7).
Moving past the waterproof design, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1.5GB RAM, a 4.5-inch 540 x 960 display, 8GB internal storage, microSD expandable to 32GB, a 8MP main cam with auto-focus and LED flash, a 2MP front cam, a 2000 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Even better, the price for the refurbished Hydro Icon can be yours for only $49.99 with free shipping and includes 100% free mobile service with free voice, text, and data through FreedomPop. You’ll also get a 30 day money back guarantee, eliminating any potential risk involved with buying a new device or trying out a new carrier.
Upon purchase, you’ll get a one month trial of FreedomPop’s Unlimited Talk & Text plan with 1GB of 4G LTE/3G data (normally $19.99) and an one-month free trial of our Premium Plus service (normally $5.99). Although the Unlimited plan is somewhat self explanatory, the (optional) Premium Plus service offers the following perks:
Visual Voicemail – Receive, manage, and store voicemails and record personalized greetings
Premium Voice – Ensure high-quality voice, even when network connection is low
Wireless Tethering – Turn your phone into a hotspot and connect up to 8 devices wherever you go
Data Rollover – Rollover your unused data and bank up to 20GB for use anytime
After your trial is up, you can continue paying for Unlimited Talk & Text or you have the option to switch to the cheaper $10.99 500MB data plan. Looking for an even cheaper alternative? FreedomPop also offers a completely free mobile service that gives you 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data each month. Bottom-line, with no contracts or cancellation fees you can choose from a variety of affordable prepaid plans and you’ll be able to pay for only what you need — even if it changes from month to month.
So how about it, anyone interested in picking one up as a budget entry point into the world of Android and mobile? Perhaps you’re considering using it as a secondary line, as a gift for a child, or even for a grandparent or loved one that currently isn’t rocking a mobile device? Get this deal now through Freedompop!