Blackphone releases secure smartphone at MWC

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.


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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14 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You managed to get an emoji on here! +1 EDIT: Damn you PA for blocking mine. How did you do it?

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

A new 'feature' of WP8?

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The NSA disapproves of this phone.

5. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

This seems like a voluntary target for NSA.

11. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

And you would care because....?

8. srk_srinivas

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

NSA proof..

9. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

13. Dark2879

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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