Blackphone releases secure smartphone at MWC
The Blackphone is bundled with a number of privacy tools including a two-year subscription to Silent Circle's app suite for encrypted calls, messages and contacts. Also included is secure cloud storage and tools to remotely wipe and restore the device. Keep in mind that you can only use the secure Silent Circle app to call others who are subscribers to the same app suite. The bundle includes a one-year subscription for three friends and family, but the majority of your calls probably won't be protected, unless you want to pay up to cover more friends under a paid subscription.
The device itself features a 4.7 inch HD IPS screen, a quad-core 2GHz processor under the hood with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. Unfortunately, there is no microSD slot. The back and front-facing snappers are 8MP and .3MP respectively. The phone does come with LTE connectivity. While Blackphone is set to work with Dutch operator KPN Mobile in Europe, it will work on any GSM carrier.
Although Blackphone wasn't built to prevent the NSA from obtaining your metadata, it was built to capitalize on those who are worried that the NSA is doing just that to them, right now.
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source: Blackphone via Geek, TechCrunch
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You managed to get an emoji on here!
EDIT: Damn you PA for blocking mine. How did you do it?
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
No. What I meant was being able to post the emoji on here. The one from my iPad vanished after I hit refresh.
7. nlbates66 (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
deleted... >.> (tried to copy the emoji and PA nuked my post xD)
5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 221; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
This seems like a voluntary target for NSA.
9. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
"Although Blackphone wasn't built to prevent the NSA from obtaining your metadata, it was built to capitalize on those who are worried that the NSA is doing just that to them, right now."
So basically, this phone is only technically more secure than your average smartphone, yet far from NSA-proof. Capitalizing on people's insecurities...good strategy.
10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It is hard to prevent the call-specific metadata from being vacuumed by anyone who wants to. Metadata is not exactly able to be encrypted. Otherwise, how does the carrier know where to route the call?
12. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Basically just to make one feel as if it was secure'ish.
13. Dark2879 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Apple fanboys be like: Still a better phone than Galaxy S5
14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Still a better phone than Galaxy S5. I had to take the bait lol ;)