Silent Circle phone app will give you a secure line over iOS and Android

Silent Circle phone app will give you a secure line over iOS and Android
A company called Silent Circle offers an app to iOS and Android users, giving them a way to obtain a secure line for communications. The app, which will eventually be offered to Windows Phone owners, requires a subscription priced as low as $12.95 a month. 79 countries are covered by the app, including China, Russia, and much of Europe and the Americas. For the most part, the Middle East and Africa are not included.

The app offers encrypted voice communications, and even eliminates records of calls, texts and emails. The $12.95 monthly charge covers 100 minutes of outbound calls. For $39.95 a month, subscribers get 1000 minutes of secure calling.

Silent Circle is one of the companies behind the Blackphone, a handset introduced at MWC 2014 that automatically provides users with encrypted voice calls, texts and video calls. The phone also protects your files, prevents tracking of your Wi-Fi signal, and won't allow targeted ads to hit the screen.

You can download and install the Silent Circle app for free from the App Store and the Google Play Store, but you need the monthly subscription for it to work on your handset.

Screenshots from the iOS version of Silent Circle
Screenshots from the iOS version of Silent Circle
Screenshots from the iOS version of Silent Circle

Screenshots from the iOS version of Silent Circle


source: Silent Circle (iOS|Android) via NewYorkPost

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9 Comments

1. stO_obs

Posts: 10; Member since: May 22, 2014

I'm actually curious as to how secure this is. Countless so called encrypted apps have failed at being secure.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Both ends of the conversation need to be using the app, so both callers are paying the monthly fee. Regarding security, Silent Circle uses encryption software that has been in the public domain, so there is a consensus on the security of the encryption algorithms by people who know encryption algorithms. If NSA has managed to pierce the encryption, they aren't a-tellin.

2. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I have nothing to hide, also I wouldn't waste so much for this!

3. palmguy

Posts: 954; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I'M GONNA CALL MY MOM!

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Some people are willing to pay more to make sure the NSA puts them on their VIP list.

6. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

What better way to make a sign up sheet!

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

$40 for 1000 minutes, lol. Another bargain like carrier billing rates for the cell signal itself. Tin foil hat club has steep membership costs.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Got to pay if you want to play….

10. DannyJr

Posts: 38; Member since: May 08, 2014

What does it mean that the app "eliminates records of calls, texts and emails"? How can they eliminate metadata? The telecom will obviously keep the record of the call/text and be made available to government agencies. As for encrypted communications, I already use TextSecure for SMS and RedPhone for voice calls. I also use Xperia's email client that supports S/MIME encryption (with a X509 cert). I have OTR but use it on my desktop only. As for being put on the NSA list, it doesn't really matter. As a non-American, the NSA will never respect my privacy. And my country has already been leaked by Snowden's docs as one of the countries with near-total NSA snooping. I encrypt to make it a little harder for them to mine my data.

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