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.
Via: Android Guys