Silent Circle Debuts Secure Global Calling Plan
Silent Circle today announced a new calling plan to accompany the Blackphone, its secure Android-based smartphone, that allows owners to make calls to non-Blackphone users. Silent Circle's "Out-Circle" plans cost $13 per month for 100 minutes, $20 for 250 minutes, $25 for 500 minutes, or $40 for 1,000 minutes. The minutes can be used to make secure calls to mobile devices or landlines in any of 79 different countries with no additional roaming fees. Rather than use standard voice networks for calls, Silent Circle's Out-Circle plan uses a high-quality VoIP service, which allows Silent Circle to encrypt and protect the calls. The calls can be passed over Wi-Fi networks or cellular data networks. The Blackphone, which Silent Circle developed together with Geeksphone, runs a modified version of Android called PrivatOS. It provides secure calling and messaging features. The phone comes with software for secure video calling, anonymous web search, secure file exchange, and secure conference calling. Special software controls the Wi-Fi radio to expose the phone only to trusted networks and devices. The Blackphone is sold fully unlocked and priced at $629.
Blackphone 2 to Arrive In September
Silent Circle has begun accepting preorders for the Blackphone 2, its second-generation secure handset. The device has been upgraded with a larger 5.5-inch full HD screen, faster 1.7GHz octa-core processor, a more generous allotment of RAM at 3GB, and 32GB of internal storage.
Blackphone 2 Goes On Sale
Silent Circle today said its Blackphone 2 smartphone is now available for sale in the U.S. The handset, announced earlier this year, is a privacy-minded smartphone that offers security for business users.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
WhatsApp Says What's Up to Global Video Chats
WhatsApp today announced that it is enabling video calls for all users around the world. Video calling is being added to the Android, iOS, and Windows phone mobile apps over the coming days.