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FreedomPop introduces the secure "Snowden Phone"

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FreedomPop introduces the secure
With some smartphone users worried about the security of their communications and web use, a number of secure phones are making their way to the attention of consumers. At MWC, the Blackphone was unveiled followed by word that Boeing would produce a secure phone called "Black". Now, hybrid carrier FreedomPop is offering a secure model that it is calling the "Snowden Phone" after the infamous NSA leaker.

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.


source: FreedomPop, Geek via PCMag

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:30

1. Miracles (Posts: 480; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


German chancellor.lady needs this phone...so she can stop flippin out.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 08:13

9. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


She stopped flipping out after dropping her Nokia for a GI BB Z10.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:35 1

2. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 147; 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.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:08 1

3. Doakie (Posts: 1231; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Where are you originally from? Is the threat of the NSA watching you worth the trade off?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:52

4. bwhiting (Posts: 167; 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.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:09

5. mrblah (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I don't need it, imessage is encrypted and you can get a tor browser app.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:24 1

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2302; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Yea but Apple will probably gladly share that info with the govt.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:38

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1065; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


A secured GS2 for $189? Not bad. Not bad at all.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 21:35

8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1811; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Snowden for president \m/

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