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Your Cell Phone Company Knows Everything About You

This profile reveals when Spitz walked down the street, when he took a train, when he was in an airplane. It shows where he was in the cities he visited. It shows when he worked and when he slept, when he could be reached by phone and when was unavailable. It shows when he preferred to talk on his phone and when he preferred to send a text message. It shows which beer gardens he liked to visit in his free time. All in all, it reveals an entire life.

Malte Spitz, a German politician and privacy advocate. He used German privacy law — which, like the law of many European countries, gives individuals a right to see what private companies know about them — to force his cell phone carrier to reveal what it knew about him.

The result? 35,831 different facts about his cell phone use over the course of six months.


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If you have an android stop paying monthly.

#1 Port your cell # to google voice, one time fee of $20.

#2 Download YATE software for your PC. Configure the JABBER client for google voice a set up a SIP account on the local YATE install for your Android to use.

#3 Install google voice and google talk on your PC and on Android.

#4 Open phone app on android, go to settings, chose INTERNET CALLING and set up a new account using your YATE SIP info from above.

Now you have totally free VOIP calling over wifi and any data plan without using cell phone minutes.

If you set up DDNS and open ports on your home router the VOIP/Internet Calling will work from literally anywhere you have a decent network connection.


I paid cash for a $12 verizon phone at wal-mart

there is no name associated with it, I refill it with minutes cards and I regularly let it run out of minutes for a few weeks at a time. I leave it off with the battery out when I am home and don't take it everywhere I go...only when I'm working or on a road trip.

I'm thinking of buying 2 more so I can switch phones regularly which should really create a bunch of confusing and useless info for whoever tracks me. Most of the people I know who sell contraband have 4 or 5 phones. I guess thats the way to go.

They don't know anything about me

because I don't own a cell phone and never will.

Aside From pay as you go

Is there a defense against this type of infringement?

Imagine turning off gps won't quite stop this.

I had the same thought

I have option to turn off GPS on my phone, but I'm certain this only controls my ability to use GPS, not the ability for the wireless company to use it.

It's quite scary.

There's gotta be a way to

There's gotta be a way to permanently take out the chip! It would probably extend battery life and talking time too!

I don't care for GPS on my cell. I have a separate GPS device anyway. I only use that when I need it, otherwise it remains shut off in my bedroom.

They know where you are anyway

Location can be triangulated to within a couple hundred meters. The government has in fact pushed firmware into suspects' phones that made the phone into a continuous listening and tracking device as long as the battery wasn't dead, even when it appeared to be powered off.

Also, the government can demand using merely an administrative subpoena (not signed by a judge) your phone records and the phone records of anyone you've talked or texted with having no more justification than claiming it is "relevant" to an investigation. Soon they will get rid of that frivolous pretense and demand all call records for all phones and their locations.

The police state is inevitable and imminent. The only way to win the game is not to play.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

Abstinence is the solution...lol

you're right, just don't use the cell phones. That's ideal.