Smartphones have changed the world, and mostly for the better. They’ve allowed us to stay in touch with each other, keep on top of the news, take endless photos of cherished moments, and much, much more
But all this has come at a cost.
For one thing, smartphones are terrible for the planet. Sourcing materials and manufacturing devices take a toll, and the problem is exacerbated by the millions of perfectly functional phones that are discarded every day in favor of newer models.
For another, smartphones have taken a wrecking ball to your privacy. Your device is constantly sharing its location with different services, telling businesses about your likes and dislikes, and generally laying your whole life bare. One 2018 study showed that a sleeping Android phone running Chrome shared its location 340 times in 24 hours, while another study in the same year showed that 88.4% of apps communicate with Google and 42.6% are in cahoots with Facebook.
iodé solves both problems, selling refurbished and new (modular and ethical) handsets that run a custom, privacy-centered version of Android called iodéOS.
iodéOS analyses data requests in real-time and lets you see who’s making those requests, block recipients, and evaluate the privacy levels of the apps on your phone. Using iodéOS dramatically reduces your risk of falling victim to a data breach, by intercepting all of your smartphone’s incoming and outgoing communications.
Most of the handsets available from iodé are refurbished models, salvaged from premature obsolescence in France to the highest standards. All phones are unlocked, fully tested, cleared of all data, and their battery life is certified according to manufacturer specifications.
But second-hand isn’t always what you’re looking for, so iodé also sells its own range of Teracube & Fairphone handsets, boasting modular designs, eco-friendly components, and fair-trade supply chains. Whatever option you plump for, iodé offers a reasonably priced, private, environmentally friendly, and staunchly ethical alternative to the handsets currently on the market.
Head to the iodé website to learn more.