Secure phones have almost become a fad. In the last month, we saw the Blackphone and the Boeing Black, both of which promised privacy. Even Blackberry announced at MWC 2014, it is trying to make everything more secure. In this day and age, privacy is scarce and is almost non-existent with govermental organizations spying on others and sometimes even their citizens. One such spying experiment was revealed in the summer of 2013, yes the NSA revelations. Dire times call for dire needs and this year, 2014, seems to be the year of privacy with manufacturers upping their security.
P.S The security measures in these phones may or most probably may not be sufficient to thwart large scale organizations like the NSA ( National Security Agency ). However, you can be sure of the fact, that no friend or girlfriend or small companies can snoop on you. Still, be careful!
Amidst privacy concerns, FreedomPop has dropped upon us the ‘Snowden’ phone, aptly named after the one who started it all; the one who risked everything for the truth; the one who enlightened us: Edward Snowden.
The device’s official name: The Privacy Phone ( Pretty frank, isn’t it?)
FreedomPop’s COO Steven Cesar said: “In light of recent violations in consumer’s privacy across social networks and mobile devices, privacy is becoming increasingly important to many Americans and we all have a right to communicate anonymously. Large carriers don’t have the flexibility, desire, or creativity to invest in privacy. We don’t agree with this approach and felt it was up to us to create a truly private mobile phone service at an affordable price.”
Basically, the Snowden phone is just a modified Galaxy S2, rigged so that all outgoing and incoming stuff (Calls, internet, messages, etc) is secured. Voice and text using 128 bit encryption( To give you an idea of how strong it is, it would take a modern supercomputer about 1billion*1 billion years, i.e older than the universe’s age to crack it) while Internet data is routed through a secure VPN ( Virtual Private Network), so that you leave as light a footprint, as light a mark as possible.
What’s more, you can change your phone number anytime you want and so that no one actually has a record of you buying the phone and making the transaction as secure as possible, you can pay using Bitcoin, the digital crypto currency ( Encryption: SHA-256 Bit).
It will cost $189 with an additional of $10 per month for the secure services. You get the first three months of unlimited voice, text and 500 MB data for free, then the $10 becomes applicable.