New Android app snoops live calls, turns on mic to listen to surroundings, all without user knowledge

by Dustin Karnes on
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Remember all the controversy surrounding the Android app that intercepted text messages? Well, it looks like company “Flexispy Ltd” is looking to take it a step further. Their new app, Flexispy, is one devious little bugger. It allows a some to install it on an Android phone, and – depending on the tier you pay for – do various and sundry nasty deeds. For example, on the highest tier, features include:

  • Call Intercept – Listen to live calls
  • Spy Call – Remote Bugging Device
  • Read SMS, Emails & GPS Locations
  • Email Relay – Forward all events to your inbox
  • Call records – linked to address book
  • SIM change notification – find out new number
  • Full remote control – via SMS commands
  • Web based full text keyword searches
  • Download reports in CSV, PDF & RTF formats
  • Full remote control
  • Remote uninstall

That’s right, folks. Not only can this app record and send off live phone calls to a website where the snooper can listen, but it also allows them to use the phone as a “bugging device”, meaning they can turn on the microphone at any time, and listen to the phone’s surroundings. According to Marc Harris, Marketing Director for Flexispy Ltd.:

Over the years we’ve come to understand our customers are ordinary people, who have the misfortune of being forced into extraordinary and trying circumstances. In most cases what’s at stake for them is the future of their relationship with their significant other. Sadly it seems this respect for clients’ needs isn’t always shared by others in our industry. Android’s rocketing popularity seems to have tempted developers and small scale spy application vendors to release products that suffer from major liabilities. We tested quite a few of these products and found that in most cases they leave customers at risk of detection and incurring considerable unforeseen data charges. We have an immense respect for the dual responsibility we have to confirm our applications meet the demands of real life infidelity situations and protect our customers from any liability. Ensuring we had a product worthy of the FlexiSPY brand was well worth waiting for this release.

The app comes in three tiers, costing $149, $249 and $349 per year.

If you’re devious enough to want to try out this app, you can check it out at their website, flexispy.com. Be sure to check out the full press release below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

(1888PressRelease) December 27, 2010 – FlexiSPY Ltd announced today that its released for download and purchase the long awaited Android compatible version of its popular “Flexispy” line of spy applications.

Flexispy PRO-X for Android is the world’s first spy application for Android phones capable of true live call interception and remote eavesdropping. Completely undetectable, its targeted at catching cheating spouses, protecting children, and enforcing corporate policies. The application can be downloaded directly from the company’s website at – http://Flexispy.com

Unlike existing applications, FlexiSPY enables users to fully monitor live calls in real time without incurring large data upload costs or excessive battery drain.

Addressing the release Marc Harris, the company’s Marketing Director, stated: “Over the years we’ve come to understand our customers are ordinary people, who have the misfortune of being forced into extraordinary and trying circumstances. In most cases what’s at stake for them is the future of their relationship with their significant other. Sadly it seems this respect for clients’ needs isn’t always shared by others in our industry. Android’s rocketing popularity seems to have tempted developers and small scale spy application vendors to release products that suffer from major liabilities. We tested quite a few of these products and found that in most cases they leave customers at risk of detection and incurring considerable unforeseen data charges. We have an immense respect for the dual responsibility we have to confirm our applications meet the demands of real life infidelity situations and protect our customers from any liability. Ensuring we had a product worthy of the FlexiSPY brand was well worth waiting for this release.”

Flexispy Features
Flexispy’s application, in addition to the capability to intercept calls and enable remote eavesdropping on the handset’s surroundings, also enables the monitoring party to secretly capture SMS, emails, call records, instant messages and GPS locations logged on the phone.

The application is designed to be tamper proof and undetectable. It records information from the phone regardless of whether this information still exists on the phone or has been deleted from it.

How it Works
Whenever activity is identified on the device Flexispy records the event and uploads the data via WiFi or GPRS to a secure web account for discrete viewing and analysis by the monitoring party. The application is so discrete that once it’s installed it never requires the monitoring party to access the device for tuning or settings. All features and settings are controlled remotely.

FlexiSPY is invaluable as a legitimate tool used by thousands of concerned spouses, parents, law enforcement agencies and corporations around the globe, and is available for download at http://Flexispy.com

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Categorized as Android Applications, Android News, Android Security, Android Software

  • Sandy Hutton

    This app is just wrong. Any way you look at it. Isn’t anything secure anymore? This needs a app to block it.

  • Sandy Hutton

    This app is just wrong. Any way you look at it. Isn’t anything secure anymore? This needs a app to block it.

    • Wowser Twiddles

      Is there an app that tells you who is spying on you ? I think that is a better one.

  • JPB

    “….FlexiSPY Pro-X requires that your target Android phone be rooted with the Androot application. We also currently only support HTC Hero, HTC Magic, and Nexus One.”

    So, not only do you need access to your cheating spouse’s phone, you have to ROOT it! Gee, honey! Thanks for voiding my warranty! Oh yeah, and it only works with these three phones. So if your spouse has a Verizon Droid, forget it.

    Good luck with that.

  • RTWright

    I find this rather alarming myself. I do not feel that they should be able to design a software that can listen into calls on my device without my consent. If I were to find someone had done something like this, I would sue them for invasion of privacy and that stem all the way up to the makers of the app. You are giving the average user the ability to do something that they should not be able to do period.

    There are only certain types of organizations that should even possess such abilities and they are NOT the average cell phone user. If you need to monitor your children, learn to be a better parent. If you have spouse problems, deal with them directly by confronting your SO and move on in life. Giving such abilities to people in general is just opening up a very soon to explode issue on cell phones in general.

    I can see this one causing a lot of issues and getting higher in government organizations in a bit of an uproar because they will feel that they can be spied upon as well and we all know where that will lead. The biggest mess to come along in a long time concerning all phones capable of running such an app.

    Sorry but this one really has struck a bit of a privacy nerve with me. Not that I personally have a thing to hide, but it’s clearly no one’s business who I talk or communicate with unless I want them to know. This one really is disturbing to see available.

  • Chuck Angel

    No only is this a sleezy app that should be banned, but I also consider your coverage of it and pointing readers to the website to be sleezy as well.

  • MitchRapp

    Excuse my ignorance… but isn’t this illegal? I mean you have to:

    1) Hijack someone’s phone
    2) Void its warranty with a weak androot app
    3) Install something on that person’s phone without their knowledge or consent

    This all sounds against the law…

  • Lena

    This doesn’t appear to be an android market app, and requires a rooted phone to work. Seems pretty elaborate for someone to accomplish all this on another person’s phone without their knowledge. Passcodes FTW, obviously.

    The site also claim to have apps for blackberry, windows mobile and iphone (jailbroken).

    This article seems to be mostly a straight reprint of a press release and other marketing material from a company that provides a questionable product…It would be more interesting if the author had attempted an install and reported on that.

  • krez

    What’s it cost for the app that uninstalls it?

  • http://www.flexispy.com Marc Harris

    Hi,

    I’m Marc Harris – Director of Marketing at Flexispy and the source of the PR published here.
    I’ve read the post and the comments and I’d like to start by saying THANKS to Dustin for publishing our PR as well as to the people who took the time to write comments.

    In reference to the comments I’ll start by saying that over the years we’ve been in this business we’ve nearly always had people responding to news about us in the same indignant tone, and that’s quite understandable. After all we are a spy app designed to give people access to information that would normally be inaccessible to them. In a Utopian world an app like ours would be redundant, however as I’m sure we all know, the world is unfortunately far from being an ideal place…

    Indignant commentators here and elsewhere don’t factor in to their thinking that at $359/year our pricing alone is enough to deter people from frivolous usage of our apps. The simple truth is that the people who actually buy Flexispy apps are most commonly the unfortunate VICTIMS of infidelity. From their perspective we are, if not the only way to get the answers they desperately need, then surely the fastest, safest, and cheapest one.

    Another class of customer are PARENTS to delinquent and at-risk teens for whom our app is often the only opportunity to get a glimpse into the reality of their child’s life. I guess when you’re child is selling their body to sponsor their crack cocaine habit you develop a different perspective on their right to privacy…

    I’d be glad to hear further comments – please direct them to media[at]felxispy[dot]com

    Happy New Year,
    Marc Harris
    Flexispy.com

    • guest

      I do appreciate the comment above – as it is true that most of us that use this app are looking for the answers to why our significant other is/has changed their behaviour and their actions. See this has helped me tremendously when my ex turned into a voilent person and started talking and acting differently I knew something was going on behind my back. With this program I was able to safely get myself out of a terrible relationship and was fortunate enough to get out of the state – see he was making everyone we both know aware of what he planned to do so when I installed this to his phone – I say this SAVED my life. I can not thank FLEXISPY enough for this. As for parents – this is the best thing ever – do you really trust your own children to say and do the things they are supposed to – please you are naive – no one is perfect yet everyone wants everyone to be or at least try.

      • its me

        Hmmmm… i wonder?

    • JUSTICE

      This app is ILLEGAL!

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  • me

    I like this app might help you with a cheating boyfriend/ husband.

    • ThisIGottaC

      Did me

  • ThisIGottaC

    Found my husband on dating websites, calling & texting women, setting up dates when he said he was at work (Semi Driver), so this app is AWESOME! Glad I found out! I don’t want an STD from some lot-lizard! Anyone dogging this app is doing something wrong (trying to hide), or would THANK YOU if they caught someone they trusted with this app! THANK YOU for saving me from possible AIDS, or some STD from these NASTY women my husband is messing with!
    M from Indiana

  • Roberto

    I’ve tried Flexispy and app did not work as promised on their official website. Then I bought Mspy. My experience of using Mspy was far better.