tried it some time back and I couldn't get it to work on my 9290. I am not sure if you can get one to work without GPRS???
Can't answer that but it should work if you can send and receive data on your network. Should work with any WAP phone that supports Java. Basically the news articles get cached on the Freenews server and the Java app gets the text only file from the server.
Try the FreeRange support forums if you're still having problems. They are very quick at answering questions.