Blackphone maker fires back at BlackBerry's “inadequate” privacy allegations

BlackBerry's accusations against the maker of the security-centric Blackphone, SGP Techonologies, came like a bolt out of the blue, but it seems that the latter gives as good as it gets. Although BlackBerry denounced the “inferior” level of security that the Blackphone came with and condemned it as pretty “inadequate” for enterprise and business users, the manufacturer of the Blackphone answered BlackBerry's claims and revealed that it does not feel threatened by the Ontario-based former giant at all.

The SGP Technologies startup stated that it recognizes BlackBerry's major contribution and leading role in the market of security mobile solutions, but it also took a jab at John Chen's company by saying that this happened roughly a decade ago. As per SGP Technologies, BlackBerry has succumbed to a “betrayal of the objectives of privacy”, because it was found out that the company “was willing to compromise its integrity if sufficient pressure was applied” by government structures.


As per the Blackphone and its security capabilities, the maker states that although the super-secure device is its first one on the market, it totes a perfect balance between the platform and the level of security solutions. In addition, the phone and the platform have been lauded as superior to what BlackBerry has to offer. For starters, the Silent Phone peer-to-peer system, which enables fully-encrypted voice calls between its users, is allegedly spy-proof against intruders. That is in stark contrast with BlackBerry's BES-powered BBM Voice service, which is run through a unified data center, SGP also claims.
SGP's final punch is aimed at BlackBerry's BB OS – the startup claims it's “not asking people to adopt a failed and dying platform in order to have maximum interoperability with an MDM”. The maker of the Blackphone also claimed that it is currently working on a family of devices and its own secure tablet, which will play nicely with a variety of ecosystems.“

Several years ago, this verbal battle would have resembled the Biblical battle between David and Goliath, but nowadays the situation is a lot different – we are viewing both BlackBerry and SGP Technologies as equals, who are about to clench their fists in a battle for the mobile security market.

source: Medium via BerryReview

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15 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol owned. xD priceless!

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Mohammed Ali is punching Foreman

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was lame, dude. JS...

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I like both, but I want neither.

4. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

John Chen got b!tch slapped AGAIN.... John Chen (bb) - 0 Legere (T-Mobile) / Blackphone - 2

8. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Blackberry obsession alert! 600+ posts.... probably all on Blackberry articles. Can't stay away from Blackberry can you?

9. eznuel

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Aways trolling... #Getajob

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

You really ought to get a life already, Wahy. This constant trolling and obsession of yours over BlackBerry is NOT healthy.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I still want the phone the US president is using. Whatever it is, sure is secure.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Obama may be using modified BlackBerry phone and I even not talking about secure lines. Obama's BlackBerry =/= regular BlackBerry

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Obama's BlackBerry =/= regular BlackBerry" There is nothing on Barry's 'berry that resembles what you can buy from BlackBerry, other than the external hardware (case, screen, keyboard, maybe battery). Chipset and software are courtesy of the NSA and its contractors.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

By saying "Obama's BlackBerry =/= regular BlackBerry" I don't want to say that Obama's BlackBerry has different screen, case, keyboard or camera. I wan't to say that probably it has an additional chip or at least a bit modified software to increase security.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's a valid point about BB, a few countries have open back door access to BB information on its local users.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

So this is Blackphones response? Lame. All Blackphone really did with this response is point out how who the enterprise leader really is, which is BlackBerry. There is NO WAY that Blackphone has a chance in HELL of even coming close to BlackBerry in the enterprise field or to what BlackBerry has done for the industry. There were a more than a few things that Blackphone got wrong as well, most likely on purpose to attempt to sensationalize their response: 1) There is no "RIM" anymore. The company's name is BlackBerry. If you're going to attempt to respond to an article intelligently, you HAVE to get the company's name right. Otherwise, you look like you don't know WHO you are talking about. 2) SGP(Blackphone)is bringing up stuff from 2010, and from before the John Chen era. John Chen has turned BlackBerry in the right direction. SGP rehashing old stuff that no longer applies to BlackBerry is just their attempt to get the haters on their side. You get an "A" for effort, though. 3) BlackBerry allowing governments from the UAE, India etc, to have the "keys" to these messages was on their BIS server, NOT THEIR BES SERVER. BlackBerry doesn't HAVE the keys to decrypt a company's BES server. It was designed to work that way. They also have up said "keys" to their BIS server(which is fading away fast btw, giving way to BES), was done so only after a court order was issued. Had they not complied, they would not be allowed to sell phones their. 4) Blackphone runs a forked version of Android. Android and SECURITY DO NOT GO HAND IN HAND. Sorry if this offends some Android users, but it's the TRUTH. And if Android users say that BlackBerry 10 devices ability to download and run Android apps doesn't give them access to Google services and thus is a disadvantage for BlackBerry, then the same rule of thumb MUST apply to Blackphone. 5) SGP can't possibly think that their solution is better than BlackBerry's. BlackBerry can manage other OS's through their MDM capabilities. SGP's method is to have enterprises buy a Blackphone per user/client. That is not feasible for CIO's looking to get the best in security for a reasonable price. 6) BlackBerry has over 80,000 enterprise customers. They are larger than their next 3 competitors COMBINED. Good and Mobileiron have something like 5,000 or fewer enterprise customers respectively. 10 out of 10 of the world's largest businesses are BlackBerry customers. 16 out of 20 of the G20 governments are BlackBerry customers. BlackBerry simply DWARFS the competition in enterprise, and SGP thinks they can contend with BlackBerry? The long and short answer is NO. BlackBerry has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to worry about when it comes to SGP in enterprise, but seeing how John Chen operates, he most assuredly has a trick up his sleeve for SGP.

15. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Excellent writeup, MG. This is something that really belongs inside the article itself, but PA seems to include just enough information to start flame wars between readers. Either that or they don't bother to do more research. They really need someone like you or tatail to do the BlackBerry articles because you guys are the experts and actually USE BB phones.

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