You would never guess how old Prime Minister Orbán’s cell phone is!
The Hungarian Prime Minister’s mobile phone is old and optimized only for 3G networks. However, this cellular technology will end on June 30 in Hungary. As a result, Orbán will no longer be able to browse the internet on his phone even if he wanted to.
Obsolete but proven
According blikk.hu, Viktor Orbán has been using a Nokia 6700 Classic for years because he sticks to proven devices. The advantage of using such an old fashioned gadget is that it is much harder to infect with spyware like the infamous Pegasus.
Currently, Orbán’s Nokia is able to connect the Prime Minister to the Internet, and he can even read his e-mails. However, since it only supports 3G, this option will end on June 30 when this kind of outdated cellular technology is phased out in Hungary. By the way, Orbán was seen using this phone during the historic England-Hungary football match in Wolverhampton when the Hungarian team beat the English at home 0-4.
Bertalan Havasi confirmed index.hu in 2020 that the Prime Minister had been using Nokia devices since 2009. At the time, a Nokia 6300 cost 50,000 HUF (about 160-180 EUR), but it is no longer available in stores. This model could not connect to the Internet. Orbán has been using the new type 6700 since the early 2010s.
Orbán is a professional Facebook user.
The Hungarian Prime Minister uses Facebook regularly and competently, but he probably has a team that helps him in this area. He does not use modern gadgets. For example, when the NSA scandal broke (the US national security agency was spying on European leaders, including Angela Merkel) in 2013, Orbán said he did not discuss matters of state over the phone. He added that he preferred to meet in person to discuss critical issues.
A computer security expert says those who want to stay safe from spyware and avoid eavesdropping attacks should buy an older Nokia. The battery of these phones is easily removable. Therefore, it is difficult to monitor the people who use them. In the meantime, it is part of the factory settings of smartphones to display GPS coordinates.
State-funded program to replace obsolete devices
Orbán will no longer be able to download web pages or read emails from June 30. This is because 3G will be shut down in Hungary. We will be able to use a Nokia 6700 for dialing but browsing with high-speed Internet will not be possible.
Interestingly, Orbán is eligible to participate in the state-funded Mobile Device Replacement Program. According to the National Media and Information Communication Authority (NMHH) statement, “Obsolete 3G mobile devices can be replaced with modern phones, at least 4G capable, in nearly 700 dealerships operated by 50 dealers nationwide. Hungary The program is managed by the NMHH which
will provide a subsidy of 20.00 HUF (50 EUR) for the purchase of a new device.
Any natural person who owns an active device allowing maximum 3G reception and who has a place of residence in Hungary is eligible for the subsidy, they added.