Why my new Lumia Windows Phone can't be my main phone

Last week I made it known how impressed I was with the windows phone I picked up on the cheap. Last month the company I work for decided they weren't going to manage the phones of users anymore and it was now up to us to get the best deal we could and we would now see a monthly stipend instead of submitting expense reports. This makes total sense and should have happened long ago. This gave me the chance to lock into a deal with a budget carrier and get a Windows Phone, namely a Nokia branded Lumia. I was going to find a 1020 on Craigslist or eBay because of the camera but this phone is 4 years old now and maybe not the best PHONE. What to get in its place wasn't really clear though. The 1520 is still a bit pricy for an unlocked one and there is a rumored new flagship phone coming but I had to make a decision just to get my number into my hands even if I have to find a transition phone. With a little research I came upon the Nokia Lumia 635 with the help of Paul Thurrott's article from August 2014. What a find and thanks to Christmas I picked up one from Amazon for $58.00 plus $35.00 for a 64GB SD Card. For less than $100 I got what I felt to be a great phone for the value. I was right, it is a great value and after a week however I have come to the conclusion that this or any other Windows Phone could never be my main phone. As gorgeous as the UI is, it is the ultimate spy device and there is nothing available in the app store that will allow me to secure it from those who have no business looking into my device. Yes, I knowingly encumbered the phone with a windows account just to experience the integrated services. It's a very seamless and convenient way to connect everything. The things that are missing turned out to be the ultimate deal breaker. I was unable to find (they may exist but not easily found) a way to encrypt the hardware, application equivalents of K-9 Mail (the best Android mail client out there), APG (private/public key manager) and PrivateInternetAccess (personal VPN). I did find Threema for secure messaging but it's quite stripped down so far compared to the Android and iOS versions. I'm OK with starting out in a new environment and finding the cool niche apps within but when the basic security apps aren't there in any way, I have to pass. Not really knowing the truths about Microsoft's supposed enabling of back doors in their desktop software, the mobile platform is far more vulnerable and susceptible of being compromised without the users knowledge. At least on the desktop I can install a fairly secure layer. I'm finally out of the grips of Verizon but for the time being I'll be running with something Android on GSM carrier.

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By buford koechig, Monday, January 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.