US Internet provider FreedomPop introduces fully encrypted smartphone Privacy Phone

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 05, 2014 12:37 PM EST

US Internet provider FreedomPop has introduced a smartphone and mobile service that promises fully secured voice and text messaging. The device, called Privacy Phone, costs $10 a month, according to TechCrunch.

Chief Operating Officer Steven Sesar explained: "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." 

FreedomPop says the Privacy Phone has a fully encrypted communications feature. Users can also alter their phone number whenever they want, the report detailed.

According to Ubergizmo, the company has dubbed the gadget as the "Snowden Phone". It is actually a $189 Samsung Galaxy II that comes with three months of unlimited voice and text. After that period, it will cost $10 every month, the report explained.

For added privacy, FreedomPop allows consumers to buy the Privacy Phone using Bitcoin, Ubergizmo reported.

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