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Old cell phones - overvalued by terrorists?


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#1 Just_One_Question

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:13 PM

Hello,

How come there are some articles that state many terrorists buy up old mobile phones (c.1995-2005) for ridiculous prices, upwards of $1000, such as the old Nokia 3310?
The details are usually that these phones are harder to trace & record, because they don't have a camera, browser, GPS, bluetooth, WLAN, 3G, wi-fi, GPRS, EDGE or an FM/AM radio.
However, isn't it fairly easy for any powerful governement security agency to just use the GSM network to locate them and/or record the conversations or eavesdrop via the phone's built-in microphone? Furthermore, they could just look up the metadata they've collected for this particular device.
I just don't get it. Why would you pay so much money for something that can be easily hacked by, for example, the NSA or the CIA?

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 11:20 PM

The phones firmware can be flashed and updated many times. Any NSA, CIA, hacked firmware can easy be removed.

Basic Steps Involved in Flashing the Phone.
http://www.petervis.com/electronics%20guides/Nokia%203310%20Customisation/Nokia%203310.html
http://www.fonefunshop.co.uk/datacables/instructions/cable3310.htm
 

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 06:23 AM

Nice! Thank you. That's exactly what I was wondering about.
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