Better Ingredients. Better Encryption. Wait, what? Another encrypted phone is hitting the market from FreedomPop. Dubbed the Privacy Phone, it is also affectionately known as the ‘Snowden Phone’. No longer will your pizza orders be caught in the dragnet of NSA surveillance. Best of all, it comes packaged in a two-year old phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II. So, privacy regresses.
The phone promises anonymous internet surfing, online security and private communication. In other words, a perfect way to red flag you at ‘pick an intel agency’. Even purchasing the phone can remain a secret. You can use bitcoin, though good luck finding an exchange these days.
One nice feature is unsolicited phone calls and texts are blocked with the phone. So, if you don’t want that free cruise package or the ADT home security package, the Snowden Phone should save you the trouble. If you happen to lose the phone, it doesn’t self destruct like the Boeing phone, but does come with a feature to help you track it down.
Encryption levels on the phone are on par with banks and some government agencies – 128-bit. Other agencies use classified encryption techniques. Even the classification level is classified. So, you will be on par with the major banks on how seriously they take data security.
Of course, with the Snowden Phone, there is a catch. For this to work, you have to be dialing another encrypted phone. If you are looking to really step up your black helicopters paranoia, you can always join the fray and get your hands on the Boeing Black Phone. That comes complete with the data self destruct function if it falls into enemy or a nefarious coworker’s hands.
Another security-focused smartphone is the $629 BlackPhone unveiled at the Mobile World Congress. It was developed in partnership with Silent Circle and is more feature rich.
It is getting to the point now, where you have to wonder when the big names will step in with their own secure versions of flagship phones. It is obvious that there is a market for the phones. People value the semblance of privacy in the digital age, so companies such as Apple and Samsung could move to capitalize on the growing chorus against Big Brother.