FreedomPop introduces the secure "Snowden Phone"
The phone itself is not spectacular. FreedomPop took a 2 and a half year old Samsung Galaxy S II and made changes to the software which now encrypts voice and text and uses a virtual private network to keep web browsing anonymous. Those purchasing the device, priced at $189 with no contract, are being allowed to change phone numbers whenever they want to.
Even with a new phone number every now and then, the carrier still tracks your SIM card's ICCID, so you don't totally disappear from the system. FreedomPop will even accept payment in Bitcoins if you want to keep some level of anonymity. But keep in mind that if the person at the other end of your call or text isn't using the same phone or apps, your illusion of security is just that, an illusion.
FreedomPop introduces the Privacy Phone
source: FreedomPop, Geek via PCMag
1. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
German chancellor.lady needs this phone...so she can stop flippin out.
9. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
She stopped flipping out after dropping her Nokia for a GI BB Z10.
2. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 152; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
When I decided to become a part of US I gave up some rights and this is one of them. There are a lot of bad people out there so I think this is necessary.
3. Doakie (Posts: 1305; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Where are you originally from? Is the threat of the NSA watching you worth the trade off?
4. bwhiting (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)
So you telling me that I would need to get someone to trade carriers to have the benefit of being silent from preying eyes too? That kind of a step risk when I have to cancel a contract for a line to get that benefit and start all over to hope that the other people do the same.
5. mrblah (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
I don't need it, imessage is encrypted and you can get a tor browser app.
7. downphoenix (Posts: 2378; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Yea but Apple will probably gladly share that info with the govt.
6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1244; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
A secured GS2 for $189? Not bad. Not bad at all.