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Pro-Trump "Freedom Phone" is a cheap Chinese knock off

by on19 July 2021

"Conservative friendly" scams for the very stupid

A Conservative-friendly phone which was supposed to protect Pro-Trump right-wing Americans from Big Tech's' censorship and influence is a cheap Chinese knock off which is unlikely to be very secure.

Erik Finman, unveiled the Freedom Phone tand pushed it as a $499 device which was censorable. He claims the product has everything Trump supporters could dream of, including an "uncensorable" app store, preinstalled Conservative-friendly apps including Parler and Rumble, and even its own anti-surveillance operating system called FreedomOS

However the smartphone is actually from China, and just a cheap knock-off of the Umidigi A9 pro, and you can actually buy it over on the Chinese e-commerce site AliExpress starting at $119.

Finman later told The Daily Beast that the Freedom Phone was indeed sourced from Umidigi, a company that's based in Shenzhen, China.

Then there is the small problem of an uncensorable app store that opens the door for hackers and shady developers to circulate malware and data-collecting programs to users. Not even Google has an app store this open, for obvious reasons.

There are also questions about the Freedom Phone's "Freedom OS" operating system which is clearly Android because it can run apps such as Parler and Rumble, in addition to Signal, Telegram and Brave.

During a livestream video promoting the phone, right-wing activist Anna Khait was confused by her fans' basic questions about the phone. "Is it an Android?" Khait said. "I'm not really sure. No, it's a Freedom Phone."  Such technical wisdom from the Nigel [but this goes to 11] Tufnell technology school there.

There is no information about the phone's operating system, storage, camera, CPU, or RAM capabilities. It has a list of features, but there are no actual details about them. Instead, under each feature, there's merely a "Buy it now" button which redirects you to the site's shopping cart.

What is amusing is that if Trump voters are looking for a way to get off the "Big Tech" grid, there are better ways to do it without having to fork out this sort of money and which actually work.

You could buy a nice the Linux-based Pinephone, which sells at a fraction of the Freedom Phone's cost (between $150 and $200), and is a favourite of those in the privacy community.

Last modified on 19 July 2021
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