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FreedomPop announces privacy oriented ‘Snowden Phone’ for $189

FreedomPop Privacy Phone

Privacy is a major concern for users today with government agencies accused of tracking users’ calls, messages etc. This has led to the birth of privacy and security oriented devices like the Blackphone, which was shown off at the MWC recently. However, American prepaid carrier FreedomPop has announced its own security based handset which it aptly calls the ‘Snowden Phone’.

The phone encrypts voice calls and text messages using 128-bit encryption, while the internet connectivity and apps will have to run through a VPN or a virtual private network. While a 128-bit encryption and VPN aren’t exactly the most secure components available out there, it’s good to know that there is such a system in place to begin with.

The handset only costs $189 off contract, which is quite decent for a smartphone of its caliber. The price also includes three months of unlimited texts, calling and 500MB of data. Beyond the three month period, users will be charged $10 per month.

It runs on a customized build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and packs a hardware similar to the three year old Samsung Galaxy S II, sporting a 4.3 inch display, a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos chipset, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), a 2,800 mAh battery and 1GB of RAM.

Source: FreedomPop

Via: Android Guys

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  1. Yeah. That kind of makes sense. But if any of the “mainstream” smartphone manufacturer was working on such a phone, we would have had rumors by now for sure.

  2. To be honest, I’m not sure Snowden should be commended for his actions. What he did really didn’t change anything in the big picture. People were freaked out for a few days, but eventually we have to realize that we’re going to be in a constant state of no privacy. The United States isn’t the only one spying on its own citizens. Germany, Russia, China–they all spy on us, too, much like we spy on them. Privacy is an illusion.

  3. I suggest you wait a bit longer till a mainstream smartphone manufacturer comes out with such a device. Such smartphones will be more trustworthy, and better designed in terms of both system and design.

  4. I’m getting one of these for sure. I have been eyeing the BlackPhone for sometime. But with the offers these people are giving, this sounds a lot more better than that.

  5. I agree. The thought of my identity going out in the public with all my private stuff being disclosed just scares the life out of me. We need more devices like this, and less services like Facebook.

  6. Whatever damage he may have caused to Intelligence community is a good price to pay to preserve whatever digital privacy we may have left. Snowden has made things happen and one of them is the discussion how important privacy still is in today’s hugely electronic society.

  7. Hardware similar to Galaxy S2 and design similar to Galaxy Nexus. And as mentioned by the author, I don’t think breaking into a VPN or decrypting 128 bit encryption is going to be too hard for the NSA. But its a good place to begin with. I wish manufacturers start making premium devices like this soon.

  8. I don’t think we are idolizing Snowden. I think the name is brilliant. Everyone knows Snowden and we know that he breached the Government. It is a great way to get people thinking about security and privacy. I bet the name alone will sell a lot of these phones.

  9. The Snowden phone? Seriously, people? Are we now idolizing this guy? He’s by no means a “hero.” That aside, doesn’t look like a bad smartphone on the inside. Might have some promise.

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