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FreedomPop has made a name for itself offering everything from free hotspot and LTE service to a a $99 iPod touch case that turns the device into a smartphone. Now the company, which is backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, will offer its own cellular contracts as well.

True to its founding mission of handing out free data, FreedomPop will offer a totally free phone contract to users, which includes 500MB of data per month as well as 500 text messages and 200 minutes of calls. If that's not enough, $10.99 will get you unlimited texting and calling, though there's currently no plan that includes additional data, which could be problematic for power users.

Of course, there's always a catch, and in this case it's the hardware. For now, FreedomPop is only offering its new cell service on refurbished copies of the two-year-old HTC Evo Design 4G. Customers will have to shell out $99 for the outdated handset, which comes with a 4-inch 540 x 960-display, a 1520mAh battery, a 5-megapixel main camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, a single core 1.2GHz processor, 4GB of storage, and 768MB of RAM.

FreedomPop plans to offer multiple smartphones at different price points in the future, and may also let customers bring over their old Sprint-compatible handsets. For now, however, subscribers are limited to a reconfigured Evo Design 4G, which the company says should ship in about a week.