FreedomPop introduces the secure "Snowden Phone"

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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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
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  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

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

9. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

2. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 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: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

4. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Snowden for president \m/

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