Mitzi Bickers

Celebrities, billionaires and criminals are making the switch to the old school flip phone to avoid privacy invasion by snooping government officials, law enforcement or Facebook.com.

When former Atlanta city manager Mitzi Bickers (pictured) was arrested on bribery, wire fraud and money laundering charges earlier this month, she was spotted talking on a flip phone as she left the federal courthouse with her attorney.

Bickers is just the latest consumer to ditch her smartphone for the old fashioned, reliable flip phone amid fears of privacy invasion and data breach scandals.



Billionaire Warren Buffet relies on a flip phone when he is out and about. So do singer Rihanna (below), actor Daniel Day-Lewis, and NFL quarterback Andrew Luck, among others.

Rihanna

“With a smartphone, you spend so much time texting, talking, in constant communication, that you don’t have time to do anything else,” said Brooklyn painter Roman Cochet. “I’m way more focused now on what I’m doing. I’m less distracted.”

To meet the growing demand for old fashioned phones, manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Kyocera, iPhone and Motorola are developing flip phones for consumers who wish to ditch their smartphones amid privacy fears.

Apple has a new flip phone in the works that is scheduled for release in 2020.

Flip phones are in high demand because they don’t connect to the Internet. There are also concerns about the effects of radiation when holding smartphones so close to the brain.

On Monday, Samsung introduced the new Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro which doesn’t connect to the Internet (pictured above right). The phone comes equipped with 2 cameras but it “blocks mobile data such as 3G, LTE, and Wi-Fi” according to a company press release.

All smartphones collect your personal information and location and “phone home” when you connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Even if you rarely use Wi-Fi, your personal data is sent to a server when you update your phone. Updates are mandatory and can’t be canceled unless you root your phone (more on that later).



Your personal information is then sold to corporations, advertisers and even foreign governments. This is legal because you “opted in” to have your personal data collected when you set up your smartphone or when you downloaded Facebook, Messenger or Twitter apps.

Most smartphones preload Facebook and Twitter as system apps so you can’t remove them unless you “root” or “Jailbreak” your Android or iPhone.

Rooting your Android phone gives you administrator access to alter the phone’s operating system and delete system apps. Jailbreaking your iPhone also gives you total access to remove preinstalled iPhone apps.

But rooting or Jailbreaking your phone are tricky procedures. You could end up with a $600 brick if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  • Blue

    I have an iphone x. Y’all coulda told me this back in October

  • Bossy704

    My phone/internet activities mostly include looking a cats, babies and clothes. If someone is watching me they are likely quite bored.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    bring back the sidekick chile… now if they bring that back out… I will get another cell phone …. Chile I use to flip that sidekick out like a switch blade …. cuss somebody out correctly on sidekick not this touch screen mess… be typing fast as hell … replying .. awww the good old days ?

  • MoniquetheGeek

    I said I was switching to a flip phone…not for privacy…but because I want a cheaper phone bill.

  • CaramelDrop

    A flip phone is the only kind of phone I buy my daughter. Music.ly and SnapChat are full of predators and showed me two years ago that flip phones are the way to go for kids.

  • Pitty Patty

    This aint nothing new

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    life was so much better when i had my Nextel i730 .. *chirp chirp* “where you atttt ?”.. lol

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Bish bout to go down to Metro with my moms old jitterbug phone and get the hook up..All I do is make calls anywho on the current phone..

  • Alicia.Ashe

    ???

  • CrunchyBlack1

    but these new flip phone got Bluetooth and E911. Aint no escaping the prying eye/ears/satellites of the CIA.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My cousin had a red flip phone she was going to give me back in 2009. Wonder if she still got it.

  • Kemi

    Isn’t the X the bomb tho!! I’m loving it.,

  • FukkFolks2018

    “With a smartphone, you spend so much time texting, talking, in constant communication, that you don’t have time to do anything else,” said Brooklyn painter Roman Cochet. “I’m way more focused now on what I’m doing. I’m less distracted.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    NOBODY has time to press 5 keys to make a lower case “e”

    I didnt have the time in 2000 and I dont in 2018

  • Trey

    *chirp* “Ayoo hit me back” *chirp*

  • Kemi

    Nostalgia ?

  • Blue

    Hahahahahha

  • Blue

    It is. I love it too!

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    lawd dont tell my granny this. i tease her all the time and she says, jerry springer has a flip phone. LOL

  • klwbaby
  • SoulfulLove

    I’m about to go and see if I can find my pink Razr flip phone

  • klwbaby

    I just posted a pic of one??

  • Precious Henry

    OF ALL TIME!!! ANd I had it in this color tooooo! Couldn’t tell me nothing.

  • Precious Henry

    lmao

  • Kemi

    My grandpa still uses one. He walking around strapped on his hip like he’s the man. I lol ? every time. He refused to upgrade. We’ve begged many times.

  • zero options

    Uh, Miss Rose, a flip phone is no guarantee of privacy, it’s still a device that sends a signal that can be intercepted, and/or manipulated by someone other than the recipient of that signal.
    You are correct, rooting or jailbreaking your phone can result in a brick.
    Head on over to xda-developers dot com for further info.
    Be nice though, they don’t put up with bad manners at all.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Ima get one just so that I can slam it on my exes. LOL I broke a nail trying to do a hard hang up on the iphone.

  • Rayne

    I wanna back to the beeper and house phone. Now that was my stuff right there. Lol

  • Layah Jhene

    The best flip phone ever. I had a red one

  • FukkFolks2018

    Listen to me! Few years back me and bff were trying to explain to my goddaughter and my oldest (they were then 17 and 18) the whole premise of how pagers worked. When I say they were LOST. *hot ass tears of the memory of us in that restaurant CRYING uncontrollably*

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    I have a housephone and all my friends freak out when it rings. lol It was a package with my cable company, though. It’s so dusty.

    they’re like what’s thattt?!??!?!

  • BingBangBoom

    I own a blackberry device still. But it does connect to Internet.

  • Layah Jhene

    I had a flip phone for the longest until I was forced to get a touch screen phone.

  • SpillyNillie

    My beeper was turquoise and I thought WE were the chit!

  • SpillyNillie

    I bet that was hilarious!

  • CaniLive?

    I loved my pink Razr too!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    “So….you put YOUR number in…and they called you back? Even when it was from a number that WASNT YOUR number? How did you KNOW it was my mother? A CODE? What kind of CODE? 9-1-1?” the damn line of questioning went on for 20-30 minutes. Me and bff pure had a whole round of drinks. They were STILL asking away.

  • Elle V

    Lmaoo..was explaining to my almost 11 year old child that this phone was THA SHIT back in the day..the Razr..shit was top of the line and if you had a lil holster on ya belt…watch out now…LOLLLL

  • CaniLive?

    Right?!!

  • Rayne

    Lmao

  • FukkFolks2018

    I used to drive CLEAR across TOWN for the cheap pager place price. It was like $19 a month when all the spots on my side of town were $25 a month. *snorts*

  • SpillyNillie

    Yeeesss that $19 a month. Between that and car insurance, I thought I was grown!

  • CrunchyBlack1

    i got a sneaky feeling these pre-pay joints they sell in walmart, have an agent tasked immediately after activation lol

  • Pitty Patty

    Nothing like cussing somebody out and them slamming that phone in their face.

    “Go be with that BYTCH” and slams the phone shut. Those were the good ole days.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    lmfaooo i want 1 just for that.

    “Don’t call me, call that ho!” FLIP!

  • Pitty Patty

    YESSSSSS!!!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    And who here had free INCOMING calls, so you used to call folks and shout “CALL ME BACK” and hang right up so the call would be free. Damn it! Phones/tech done came a LONG ASS WAY do you hear me?

  • Pitty Patty

    My beeper used to be a peach color and I had DMX’s How’s Its Going Down as my background music to the message. You. Couldnt. Tell. Me. Shyt.

  • Pitty Patty

    Or I’ll call you back after 7pm. That’s when them free minutes started.

  • Applebum

    I have 3 phones and one is a flip phone. My cellphone carrier charge you less if you use a flip phone for a second or third line. It’s so hard to text on it and to remember which arrows are for what menus. I just forward the calls to one of my other smart phones so I don’t bother using it now. It stays dead, I don’t even charge it anymore lol. I really like the privacy idea of it but it’s hard text on there, it takes a long time to text on it.

  • Applebum

    Ohh yea I remember the after 7pm thing lollll

  • FukkFolks2018

    I had DMX’s How’s Its Going Down
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    I had Total (No One Else Remix) on mine. My GOD my side hurts all over again like it did that day me and bff was trying to tell these kids they aint lived LIFE unless you done had a pager.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    I used to love flipping the phone closed. Especially if I had an attitude or wanted the last word. That flip had me feeling godly as hail.. LOLOLOLOL

  • FukkFolks2018

    THIS! And some folks still had free after 9. But you used to secretly joan them in your mind like getcho damn LIFE right. Some free after NINE. TUH! Im free after SEBBEN over HERE.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Verizon wireless baby

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Side kick take care of all of that… The kid has a keyboard and I can feel the keys. . ??

  • Applebum

    Lol every time someone would beep me and I would pull it off of my waist to check, I thought I was so cool. Lmaoo. I remember getting a tiny clear blue see-through beeper for my birthday from a friend. Those were more stylish, omg I thought I was the coolest.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Because you gotta press 5-6 buttons to make a damn “h”

  • Pitty Patty

    Hell they probably dont even know life without internet or a computer.

    Remember the house phone that connected to the wall with the long ass cord. You could practically walk around the entire house it was so long. And that was the ONLY phone in the house.

    These kids don’t know the struggle.

    I remember we used to clown dudes who had cell phones, but rode the bus. LMAO. Man times have changed.

  • Pitty Patty

    One upping their asses…over two hours. LMAO.

  • FukkFolks2018

    My aunt used to scream: Yall tangling my damn CORD! Sitcho AYS DOWN with that phone! Then cordless phones came out with that LONG ass metal antenna.

  • Pitty Patty

    hahahahaha! I remember my mama let me get a second phone number. Like I had a different number from the house, but it was connected to the same line. I got a clear phone one year for my birthday. Couldnt tell me nothing.

    When my mama would tell me to get off the phone, I’d cut ringer off and and just watch for the phone to light up.

    Good times, man

  • JV

    OT: Anyone else see the third guy represented by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was just outed as Sean Hannity? HA, I wonder who he had to pay off!

  • iWasteTime

    Trump demanding to see what they have before transferred to DOJ is a red flag. We about to know it all. I want to know how many illegitimate kids he has and how many are half brown.

  • Layah Jhene

    Haha

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    regular folks are hopping on this here too. a brother at my (soon to b former) workplace has one — i affectionately refer to it as his Obama phone. when i asked him about it he says it’s neither work issued or government issued… its his personal phone, he also has an iphone. i suspect illegal activities but hail who am i?!

  • bhavana

    My nearly eighty year old father still has a flip phone. There’s no way in the world he could understand the technology of a smart phone.

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    dey should. ain’t nobody widda burner phone selling girl scout cookies.. if you catch my drift

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    not two late blue.. i gots an x after my kids told me androaids we’re outta style

  • bhavana

    I still have a landline. I’ve had the same number for 30 years.

  • bhavana

    I have the same thing through my cable company. I even bought a new landline phone recently because my other one was getting difficult to hear on. Call me old-fashioned, but I like having a landline.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    *wink* *wink* facts!!

  • Rayne

    Nostalgic. Do you get the cords tangled up lol

  • Latisaj

    My great uncle as well, we brought him one and he wouldn’t even charge it.. Partially because he hated it and partially because he didn’t know how..

  • Meme

    Are these the satellite fines that I only heard about last month

  • Latisaj

    Free night and weekends.. Aww those were the days..

  • Karen Brady

    Lemme find out I threw away my shyt for nothing back in ’06 or ’07.

  • Karen Brady

    The last word in the headline tho. Teeee heeee.

  • Latisaj

    I went to the sprint store and found Burberry stickers to go over it..

  • Toni Toni Toni

    LMAO

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Hahaha, DItto, Me too . Haha. Turn the phone on silent ringer… LOL

  • Patricia

    when we moved, the phone company mistakenly put the additional line my mom ordered for herself in MY bedroom. so, i ended up having the extra line from the house phone everybody shared. at night, i had the ringer off but would look for the beeping light. you couldnt tell me nothing.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    My thing is.. WHY THESE MOFOS so gosh DARN NOSEY!! WTF they gotta be in err’body business and ish!

    ITS LIKE MIND YA BUSINESS! They have enough ish to focus on in their own dang backyards. ALll those CORRUPT POLITICIANS and etc.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I still have my old beeper. Real talk. I’m getting me a flip phone and add the minutes as I go. My phone Is tapped and God himself can’t tell me it’s not.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    My beeper was see through pink. Couldn’t tell me a dámn thang.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Remember call waiting, when that beep would come through, and you had to push down the hang up button to switch over?

    When three way came through, I thought we were the Cosbys. Lol!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yep! They will still be tracking our every word and move, like sociopaths. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They’re building billion-dollar data storage centers in Utah, Colorado, Washington state and Georgia to store all the phone calls made and received in the U.S. Pay attention when you hear about data centers being built in your state.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They make money off your data. Unlike blogs, which earn money from ads, Facebook and Twitter earn money from your personal data. From your IP address, they know where you live, where you work; they have all your contact information; they know where you shop, where you eat. They know when you park your car and get out and start walking. All this information is sold. It’s BIG business.

  • bella28498 .

    Im going back as well, using a flip phone was better

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    hey, i like it. i have it plugged up in my closet which is my escape room, should some crazy shit go down. I’ll be able to call the police in there. LOL I’m so paranoid.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I rarely use my cell phone when I’m out and about. I might leave my smartphone at home and just carry a flip phone when I leave the house. I do not like the idea of being tracked and having my calls and texts collected.

  • Scromes1212

    I only have a flip. Been had the one I have now for like 9 years. A flip phone is a must if you a playa

  • Scromes1212

    I only have a flip. Been had the one I have now for like 9 years. A flip phone is a must if you a playa

  • Blue

    lol

  • Blue

    lol

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I still have my razor that I had to use when someone stole myh iPhone. I loved in 2005 not so much in 2016.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I still have my razor that I had to use when someone stole myh iPhone. I loved in 2005 not so much in 2016.

  • leapyearpisces

    And a gazillion and 26 cents per minute for roaming….I know roaming is still a thing, but back in the day, that shat was like 5.00 per minute. LOL.

  • leapyearpisces

    And a gazillion and 26 cents per minute for roaming….I know roaming is still a thing, but back in the day, that shat was like 5.00 per minute. LOL.

  • leapyearpisces

    I still want that pen shaped beeper Tiny had in the “do you want to” video. Honey, them Arabs were making a grip and a half during the 90”s off them beepers. Lord, I had that translucent blackberry color. YOU.COULD.NOT.TELL.ME NATHAN!

  • leapyearpisces

    My parents phone number is like 50 years old.

  • freelancepimp .

    I carry a flip phone for my job and people ask me WTF like I just slapped a baby whenever I pull it out. I can actually upgrade it but the truth is they don’t have as much access to me as they would with a smart phone.

  • Rayne

    I had the mini beeper . I loved that thing. Small and discreet

  • Quitedeliteful

    So…they are making flip phones again but how can we be sure that they won’t track us just like smart phones do? Will these new phones connect to the internet or no?? I used to love my Razor. You couldn’t tell me nothing!

  • OvertheMississippi

    Bingo!!

  • teather

    Ha! I knew it! Most of y’all threw away your phones. I still have mine! I may turn it back on one day . . . . NOT

  • teather

    See my comment. Still have my razr. That was the best phone made. It connects to email. I don’t remember if it visits sites or not. LOL

  • teather

    I LOVE It! I’m so old school. Everything they made in the past was quality compared to the $1K sh$t they make today. How many times these new cars need to blow up before you all get that they don’t make quality cars anymore, American (never were) or Foreign.

  • teather

    everyone ignored that! LOL I was thinking the same thing.

  • teather

    LOL!

  • teather

    Hilarous! You asked him about it, not gov’t, not work, gong down the line, like WHY????!! LOL

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile the house phone is all I have for safety reasons … But you took it back to a beeper … ???

  • TheWildChild

    Exactly ? …if that’s the case ? Just bring back beepers/pagers ?

  • TheWildChild

    You know what ??????

  • Scromes1212

    I dropped my phone like a hundred times lol I just pick it up and dust it off lol can’t beat it. And my phone bill only 28 dollars.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    This is not surprising at all. I will definently pay attention to that.

    What exactly are they expecting to hear?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Apparently…. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are selling your photos to companies for huge facial recognition databases.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/04/16/huge-facebook-facial-recognition-database-built-by-ex-israeli-spies/

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I still miss my BlackBerry.

  • Logan Roberts

    I used to love my Blackberry, I was typing my behind off when I got mad. Good ole days.

  • Pebbles

    Or you had to wait until 7pm/9pm to be able to call people for free

    My free hours used to be from 7pm-7am after that ya didn’t hear from and if you call better leave a message until 7pm

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    lmaoo

  • FukkFolks2018

    Listen. I had a MCI cellphone. Earliest cell plan I had. You here in same state as me. You remma them?. Anyways. My phone used to have me roaming at HOME. Got rid of it quickly. Im roaming at home? Nah son

  • leapyearpisces

    LOLOLOLOLOL. MCI…girl, you taking it back…my phone tried to tell me I was roaming whilst in my bed last week. I was like bish, whet???????? LOL. Damn, a whole lotta skin folk lost jobs when MCI went down. You remember calling cards????? When I was at UNCC they gave us something called an ACUS card from MCI that we had to use for long distance calling. The 90 ”s man – BEST DECADE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • leapyearpisces

    Yes!!!!!!!

  • leapyearpisces

    Yes!!!! They were crute!

  • Allihave2say

    Yes ma’am they’ve been doing this for quite some time. They are also working with NSA on facial recognition, live locations etc. FB is also working on predictive thoughts/actions like The Minority Report based on your posts.

  • Allihave2say

    Right! A company worth billions but doesn’t sell anything is vested in selling your business. The ads are catered to your interests. If you watch a video on FB or a blog it’s in your YT history. I can research something online then get an email from Amazon about my search that had nothing to do with Amazon. The banner might appear on my bank view or something. Too much info. I do SM for business only. Blogs are my guilty pleasure tho.

  • Rhondalousey

    I loved my blackberry too, i miss it. But anyway, this isnt anything new. I kept my flip since the 90’s.

  • Kimberly King

    Criminals BEEN using flip phones and still do.

  • Sircaput

    I had that Blackberry World Edition, loved the one handed typing, that was the best phone I ever had!

  • Kimberly King

    Yass ! I had a pink one my freshman year of college. Lol those initially came out when I was in the 10th grade. The phone got super popular during my 12th grade year.

  • Ant Hill

    LOL

  • Jordan’s Memory

    If my beloved Rhi Rhi have one so must I. lol