August 1, 2014

FreedomPop announces the Privacy Phone, its "Snowden Phone" with encrypted communications

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With all of the privacy concerns in the U.S. with the National Security Agency, some smartphone makers are trying to provide their customers with more security and privacy.

You may be familiar with one that was recently launched at Mobile World Congress, Blackphone, that runs its own PrivatOS and is built on Android, offering anonymous search functions, smart disabling of WiFi, private calling, anonymous anti-theft and remote wiping features, all for $629.

Today FreedomPop launched the Privacy Phone, its own smartphone to address monitoring and Internet tracking, which the company nicknamed the “Snowden Phone.”

It comes at a much cheaper price than Blackphone, at $189, and uses FreedomPop’s VoIP network. It uses 128-bit encryption to encrypt both voice calls and text messages, while apps and Internet data will be sent through an encrypted virtual private network, or VPN.

All that being said, if FreedomPop wanted to ensure more security, it could use more than 128-bit encryption and VPNs aren’t safe from everyone.

Some interesting things to note are that the phone is a modified Samsung Galaxy SII, a fairly outdated smartphone running Android Jelly Bean with a 1.2GHz duel-core Samsung Exynos processor, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 8-MP front-facing and 2-MP back-facing cameras and an 1800mAh battery.

Taking its security even further though, FreedomPop is now accepting bitcoin payments so its customers can pay their bills anonymously, plus customers may request a number change at any time and as many times as they want.

The Privacy Phone can be purchased from the FreedomPop website now and the $189 price tag includes unlimited voice and text, 500 MB of data for three months and then costs $10 a month after that.

VIA FreedomPop