'Blackphone' Puts Security First
Geeksphone and Silent Circle today announced the launch of a new joint venture as well as their first product, the Blackphone. Blackphone runs a customized version of Android called PrivatOS. According to its designers, the Blackphone will let people or businesses make and receive secure phone calls and messages, transfer and store documents securely, conduct secure video chats, as well as maintain strict control over their location data. Blackphone did not say how it is achieving these claims, but it says the phone is being sold as an unlocked GSM device that will work with most worldwide networks. It is carrier independent. No specs were shared about the device, but Blackphone says benchmarks rank its performance alongside today's top handsets. Blackphone will begin accepting pre-orders for the device beginning February 24. Pricing and availability were not disclosed. Geeksphone, which is based in Spain, is separately developing a smartphone based on Firefox OS. Silent Circle was co-founded by an ex-U.S. Navy Seal and provides encrypted communications services.
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