Blackphone to begin shipping in three weeks

Blackphone to begin shipping in three weeks
The privacy-centric Android powered smartphone, known as Blackphone, will begin shipping in three weeks. The project, a partnership between Geeksphone and Silent Circle, was introduced at MWC earlier this year, and orders for the device were so strong that it essentially sold out in just a couple 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This thing is beast, but eventually the government will conquer it as well.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So selling drugs isn't the only way to make money from the drug market I see.

6. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

If nobody can watch these guys, who is watching these guys.

5. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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: Aug 11, 2013

People will rush to buy this and then use it for google services and facebook.

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