Light Reading

FreedomPop Launches 'Snowden Phone'

Dan Jones
3/5/2014
50%
50%

FreedomPop's latest release is a phone aimed at those that are paranoid about privacy but still penny-wise.

The company is launching the "FreedomPop Privacy Phone" -- nicknamed "The Snowden Phone" -- in response to the ongoing revelations about the pervasive listening habits of the NSA and other spy agencies. The company uses the Samsung Galaxy II smartphone as the base platform but offers users VoIP calling and text messaging with 128-bit encryption and a secure encrypted virtual private network (VPN) for Internet browsing. (See Obama Weighs In on NSA Data Collection.)

FreedomPop Privacy Phone

"Large carriers don't have the flexibility, desire or creativity to invest in privacy," says Steven Sesar, COO at FreedomPop in a statement. "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."

FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols says that the phone is a "mainstream" play intended for the average consumer. This contrasts with the Blackphone -- from Spanish startup Geekphone -- a device that aims to be a super secure smartphone that will launch in June for $629.

The Privacy Phone costs $189 and comes with unlimited voice and text, plus 500MB of data for three months then costs $10 a month after that. Payment can be made via Bitcoin to further ensure anonymity, FreedomPop says. (See FreedomPop Phones It In (for Free).)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(21)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 6:33:57 AM
Re : FreedomPop Launches 'Snowden Phone'
It would be much more informative if you could bring forth a comparison between upcoming Black Phone and this FreedomPop Snowden Phone. Both seem to use encryption to secure the communication. With Black Phone though it is difficult to understand how it will secure the data one handed at the device level.
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 6:33:25 AM
Re : FreedomPop Launches 'Snowden Phone'
@ mhhf1ve, I don't see any problem with their trying to get users to more expensive plans. This is their right to advertise and lure users into purchasing more expensive plans. However, lack of transparent practices in billing is objectionable. But again, this is something all the carriers have been doing always.
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/25/2014 | 6:53:52 AM
Re : FreedomPop Launches 'Snowden Phone'
@ FakeMitchWagner, that's a tradeoff which comes with low cost plans. From another angle it will give consumers more control over their data usage because they will keep an eye on it. I personally believe that data cap is not that big a sacrifice. Consumers can live without unlimited data because they can still do unlimited browsing, chatting and using social media.
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/25/2014 | 6:50:57 AM
Re : FreedomPop Launches 'Snowden Phone'
@ KBode, haha nothing can be more private than getting completely disconnected from any kind of network. On a serious note, it will be useless if they have connectivity problems and have limited outreach. I would love the promised privacy, but they have to strengthen their signals if they want to come any way near success in the carrier business.
mhhf1ve
50%
50%
mhhf1ve,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/7/2014 | 7:37:53 PM
Re: Cryin Time
Will journalists keep after the Satoshi Nakamoto they found and think is the creator of BitCoin? He denies being the creator, but maybe that's just part of the craziness of being a paranoid guy who wants to be anonymous but then uses his real name... 
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 12:36:05 PM
Re: Cryin Time
Yes, there's of heat around the service firms that sprung up to service Bitcoin right now.

See:

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/03/05/bitcoin-firm-ceo-found-dead-in-suspected-suicide/

 
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 11:47:39 AM
Re: Cryin Time
And similiarly, what major carrier isn't dinged in rip-off report? See, for instance:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Verizon-Wireless/nationwide/Verizon-Wireless-Data-Usage-Scam-Nationwide-1084017

 

Not saying there's nothing to it but they're hardly alone in getting brickbats in this industry.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 11:38:23 AM
Re: Cryin Time
Au contaire, its pretty easy to fat finger the large blinking green upgrade data button on T-Mobile phones by accident! 
TaraSeals
50%
50%
TaraSeals,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/6/2014 | 9:21:47 AM
Re: Cryin Time
Yikes-- it all sounds a bit shady to me! And it may be savvy marketing but what assurances are there that it reallyis a private service? VoIP on the Sprint network sounds emminently interceptable to me...
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/5/2014 | 9:34:25 PM
Re: Cryin Time
> I've also seen a bunch of complaints that Freedompop users were upgraded
> "automatically" with some kind of opt-out system that they don't really tell
> you about.

These opt out subscriptions are so annoying. These are just slightly better than the hidden charges or the lengthy fine prints.
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Networks of the future will rely on "white box" switches and servers rather than proprietary hardware and that's going to alter the shape of the communications industry. Who says so? John Chambers.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Intros Smart Device for eLTE

3|30|15   |   05:25   |   (0) comments


Huawei has developed a secure, location-aware multimedia smartphone for its eLTE trunked radio solution, says Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Win Video, Win All

3|30|15   |   06:44   |   (0) comments


Video is going to be the next main source of revenue for operators. Operators have big opportunities and advantages to monetize video services. Globally, Huawei has helped more than 70 operators achieve over 30 million video subscribers. Watch this video for more.
LRTV Custom TV
The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV

3|27|15   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Hyperscale cloud has been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
eLTE Rapid Meets the Need for Speed

3|26|15   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


Designed especially for emergency and dedicated ad hoc local mobile communications coverage, Huawei's eLTE Rapid solution can deliver trunked voice, video and data coverage for multiple users over a 6km range and be set up in just 15 minutes, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
On Videos: Challenges & Opportunities

3|26|15   |   5:56   |   (0) comments


Most everything is now connected. And along with 4K and 4G technologies, everyone could be creating and broadcasting video contents. Users are expecting better video experience with any screen, anywhere and anytime. Operators will meet new challenges, but also see some big opportunities.
LRTV Custom TV
JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience

3|26|15   |   5:59   |   (0) comments


Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
LRTV Custom TV
Smarter Service Chaining & New Ways to Benefit From Qosmos Technology

3|25|15   |   03:11   |   (0) comments


David Le Goff, director of strategic and product marketing at Qosmos, explains how the company has added application awareness to subscriber information to make service chaining more efficient and reduce costs for networking and infrastructure. In addition, Qosmos technology, which has been delivered as C libraries, is now also available as a virtual machine, ...
Between the CEOs
Qosmos CEO: The Changing Face of DPI

3|24|15   |   13:53   |   (0) comments


LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures. Also, how the comms market is becoming more like the automotive industry.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
FC Schalke Scores With Its Agile Stadium

3|24|15   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


Top German soccer club FC Schalke 04 has deployed a new, agile WiFi network from Huawei in its Veltins-Arena stadium and is reaping the benefits in terms of customer satisfaction and business opportunities, explains marketing chief Alexander Jobst.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Insights on Mobile Video

3|24|15   |   7:51   |   (0) comments


More people than ever are now watching videos on smartphones. Seventy percent of mobile traffic will be video traffic until 2018. In this video, Huawei's exports give their insights on mobile video in terms of business model, network planning and 4G network construction.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Industry 4.0

3|24|15   |   02:26   |   (9) comments


Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It's a big deal for influential operators such as Deutsche Telekom.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Getting Connected With eLTE

3|23|15   |   06:04   |   (0) comments


Trunked radio communications have entered the 4G LTE world, and with Huawei's eLTE solution, can now deliver a full range of data and video services as well as push-to-talk voice, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
Upcoming Live Events
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
AT&T Woos SMBs With Small-Scale WiFi
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/26/2015
Just Don't Say IBM Is 'Relaunching' Networking Business
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 3/26/2015
TV Everywhere Nears Mainstream Adoption
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/27/2015
Carriers Are Bright Spot in BlackBerry Q4
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/27/2015
Comcast Says TWC Deal Will Close Later
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/26/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
Chattanooga’s EPB publicly owned utility comms company has become a poster child for how to enable a local economy using next-gen networking technology. Steve Saunders, Founder of Light Reading, sits down with Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, to learn how EPB is bringing big time tech to small town America.
Cats with Phones
Interspecies Phone Love Click Here
"No, you hang up."
"No, YOU hang up."
Latest Comment