Conservative figures are happy with Freedom Phone, which promises to be ‘uncensored’.
But the $ 500 phone seems to be a much marked handset from a budget Chinese brand.
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The launch of an “insensitive” smartphone aimed at American conservatives is being hyped by Trumpworld figures such as Candace Owens and Jack Posobiec – but that may not be all there is to it.
$ 500 Freedom Phone is aimed at users who are concerned about high technical censorship and freedom of expression. It comes preloaded with apps like Parler, Rumble and Newsxmax’s app, as well as a privacy guard.
Despite the price tag, it appears that the phone is a remake of Chinese phones available for as little as $ 119, per several reports.
The phone has garnered enthusiastic support from across the MAGAsphere – from Pizzagate’s conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec to “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander, who was banned from Twitter after the January 6 Capitol uprising.
Candace Owens tweeted that she is a “proud partner” of the product, adding a promotional code.
But as The Daily Beast reported, the handset is from the budget Chinese brand Umidigi, and comes with a hefty surcharge. Finman confirmed the origins of Umidigi, but failed to tell The Beast which of the models Freedom Phone uses.
Matthew Hickey, co-founder of cyber security firm Hacker House, told the Daily Dot that the phone is most likely a rebranded version of the Umidigis A9 Pro, an Android-based phone that sells for $ 133 and can be found for as little as $ 119.
Umidigi’s most expensive model, the Bison Pro – which is usually priced at $ 299 on the company’s website, and as little as $ 190 elsewhere – does not resemble Freedom Phone’s promotional images, suggesting that the model is from the lower end.
The phone “can be purchased and shipped in bulk from Asia with custom logos and branding to give the look of a phone designed for a unique purpose,” said Hickey.
Asked what justifies the $ 500 mark, Finman told Beast that the phone had custom hardware and improved memory, but gave no details.
As of Friday, no detailed specifications for the phone will appear on the Freedom Phone website.
Hickey also told the Daily Dot that Umidgi phones have poor security – the exact opposite of what Freedom Phone shows – due to the use of chips made by the Taiwanese company MediaTek.
In response, a Freedom Phone spokesman told Insider: “The chip utilization does not apply to us because we do not use that chip.” They did not immediately address other allegations about the phone.
“The Freedom Phone makes a lot of promises, and it remains to be seen if it can deliver on them,” wrote technology review site ScreenRant, which has yet to get hold of the phone itself. The product will be shipped later this year.
The power of big technology companies is a big preoccupation with conservative politicians and media figures, especially after former President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter after the January 6 Capitol riots.
Conservative figures often complain that right-wing users are more often targeted by big technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google – despite the fact that Facebook’s most popular pages are often right-wing, as Insiders’ Ben Gilbert reported.
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