Blackphone to begin shipping in three weeks
The Blackphone features a suite of secure apps that power phone and other communication tools on the device along with some complimentary services that are, by themselves, subscription based.
The Blackphone was available to early adopters unlocked for $629, plus applicable taxes and shipping before it sold out. However, eventually supply will catch up with demand, as Silent Circle expects to sell millions of devices. When considering the bundled services that are included, the Blackphone works out to be quite a bargain.
Specification wise, the Blackphone is not breaking new ground. The 720p, 4.7-inch display is surrounded by a black polycarbonate body. Underneath is a 2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4i CPU, 16GB of expandable storage, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel main camera, and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. All the common GSM/HSPA bands are supported for global connectivity, and there is global LTE support too.
While the Blackphone is not going to be bulletproof against, say, the NSA, the goal is to give users more control, and the phone will even lie to block unnecessary app access (say an app that wants access to your address book, but the app has nothing to do with your contacts, the Blackphone will falsely report an empty list to the app).
There will be carrier distributors, though at the moment, all the announced partnerships are in Europe. Silent Circle has raised over $30 million to keep the project going though, including money from people like Ross Perot, Jr. US, UK, and Canadian military operations are also engaged with Silent Circle.
Were you an early adopter? Your device will ship in just a few weeks.
source: Light Reading
1. corporateJP (Posts: 2026; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
This thing is beast, but eventually the government will conquer it as well.
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3802; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
As Blackphone and the apps that run on it are not open source, there is no way to tell what parts of it are actually secure.
Just being based in Switzerland means nothing. The NSA has a full partnership with many Swiss companies.
3. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
So selling drugs isn't the only way to make money from the drug market I see.
6. techloverNYC (Posts: 441; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
When the drug dealers hear about this phone its over. Watch every drug dealer now get one of these to handle their shady business lol.
4. AfterShock (Posts: 3211; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
If nobody can watch these guys,
who is watching these guys.
5. techloverNYC (Posts: 441; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
" introduced at MWC earlier this year, and orders for the device were so strong that it essentially sold out in just a couple weeks." How and when is when selling out a product after weeks anything special? I mean there is definitely strong demand but not ground breaking or anything.Didn't phone from Xaomi sold out in minutes or something?
7. jaxson983 (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
People will rush to buy this and then use it for google services and facebook.