FreedomPop Launches Snowden Phone, Accepts Bitcoin as Payment
The phone, nicknamed the “Snowden Phone,” is a response to the growing frustrations and concerns around privacy infringement, call monitoring and Internet tracking.
And guess what? The company accepts Bitcoin as payment for those desiring more payment privacy than their credit cards.
The company launched the phone to specifically protect Americans’ privacy, thereby providing the peace and assurance knowing your data is not being compromised.
“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,” said Steven Sesar, COO at FreedomPop. “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 provides disruptive mobile services so that no one is left off the “connected grid.” Launched in 2012, FreedomPop is rewriting the rules of the American telecoms industry and is backed by Mangrove Capital, DCM and Skype Founder Niklas Zennstom’s Atomico. The company offers consumers access to free high-speed Internet and mobile phone services nationwide.
The Privacy Phone leverages FreedomPop’s VoIP network, and enables encrypted communication for voice calls and text messages. The phone also uses128-bit encryption – the same proven encryption trusted by banks and government agencies. In addition, all application and Internet data will be sent through a secure encrypted virtual private network (VPN) for anonymous Internet browsing while protecting from viruses, phishing websites and other malware. Users can also request a number change at any time as many times as they want.
FreedomPop allows customers to pay in Bitcoin. Though not purely anonymous, Bitcoin payments can be made without directly revealing one’s identity. Will the Snowden Phone become the device of choice for Bitcoiners?
The Privacy Phone costs $189 and is built on top of the Samsung Galaxy II Android smartphone and comes with unlimited voice and text, plus 500 MBs of data for three months then costs $10 a month after that.