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Blackphone releases secure smartphone at MWC

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Blackphone releases secure smartphone at MWC
Last month, we told you that a super secure handset called Blackphone would be unveiled at MWC. Fast forward to today and the spy bustin' phone was indeed introduced in Barcelona. Created by a partnership between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, the Blackphone will retail for $629 unlocked. It will be powered with a derivative of Android known as PrivatOS.

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.

"We've never made the claim we're offering an NSA-proof device, but we are offering a tool that makes a huge difference to someone who's using no privacy tools at all."-Toby Weir-Jones, GM, Blackphone

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.


source: Blackphone via Geek, TechCrunch

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:56 4

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


👎

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:57 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8152; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You managed to get an emoji on here!

+1

EDIT: Damn you PA for blocking mine. How did you do it?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:01

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5723; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


A new 'feature' of WP8?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:03

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8152; 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:07

7. nlbates66 (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


deleted... >.> (tried to copy the emoji and PA nuked my post xD)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:57 2

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8152; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The NSA disapproves of this phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:01 1

5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 224; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


This seems like a voluntary target for NSA.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:46

11. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 270; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


And you would care because....?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:20

8. srk_srinivas (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


NSA proof..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:49 1

9. quakan (Posts: 1176; 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.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:43

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5723; 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?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:54

12. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Basically just to make one feel as if it was secure'ish.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:05

13. Dark2879 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Apple fanboys be like: Still a better phone than Galaxy S5

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:08

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10969; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Still a better phone than Galaxy S5. I had to take the bait lol ;)

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