Last week, BlackPhone officially dropped official details on their privacy centered smartphone during the 2014 MWC with a price tag of a whooping $650 or about ~Php 28k. For those who wants to get the BlackPhone, you might want to hold your horses as FreedomPop announces their very own privacy phone, an upgraded, security conscious Samsung Galaxy S2 for a whole lot less.
Specswise, it is what you expect from the almost 3 year old Galaxy S2: a 4.3 inch screen, 8 megapixel main camera with LED flash, 16 GB of built-in storage and a 1.2GHz dual core processor. The difference this Galaxy S2 comes with is FreedomPop’s extra security features.
In a nutshell, FreedomPop’s Samsung Galaxy S2 doesn’t come with a custom Android OS and a bunch of pre-loaded apps for phone calls, texts and cloud storage just like the BlackPhone. But, the device comes with a built-in VPN service that is good for a year, for anonymous mobile internet browsing.
FreedomPop is pushing it a bit further by channeling calls and texts made through the phone via the same 128-bit encryption VPN service, to make sure you’re safe from hackers and spywares. I’m not sure how to feel about this, but VPNs aren’t really that 100% reliable for privacy protection. But at least you can text and call away privately without having the need of the other party to be on the same VPN service, like the downside found on the BlackPhone.
The device retails for just $189 or ~Php 8k, unlocked. The device comes with free calls and texts, as well as a 500 MB worth of data. Aside from the usual payment options for checking out the device either through your credit card or PayPal, FreedomPop is including a BitCoin payment channel priced for just 0.2928 BTC*, providing additional purchase anonymity.
Are you convinced about the security features of FreedomPop’s Samsung Galaxy S2? Let us know through the comment section below.
*as of 03/05/2014 3:07pm, 1 BTC = Php 29,190