'Snowden phone' blocks Big Brother
Blackphone Price: €475 Rating: HHH
It could be called the 'Snowden Phone'. For the truly paranoid, a new smartphone has been designed to give maximum protection against companies, operators or state agencies following you and your data around.
The 4.7in 'Blackphone', from SPG Technologies – a surprise hit at Mobile World Congress – is an Android smartphone that has been tooled to allow you to lock down your phone's tech-sharing defaults when you're out and about.
That means you have much more control over what you want the world to know about your whereabouts and activities. It has its own encrypted operating system, browser, cloud storage and contact-management apps instead of Google products.
If you want, it still gives you full access to social networking activity (which negates much of its purpose). It has 2GB of ram, 16GB of storage and a 2Ghz quadcore processor. It's not perfect (don't bank on it to foil the NSA). But it's a timely intervention for those worried about Big Brother.