Several thousands of Blackphones, developed by Silent Circle in partnership with Geeksphone, have been already pre-ordered and sold out.
Available at a cost of USD 629, the smartphone is equipped with PrivatOS, an Android based operating system minus the privacy compromises; at USD 879, free software and services are provided.
Its features include privacy and security measures to make you confident about your personal communications, encrypted phone calls, texts and video chats, a Virtual Private Network to anonymize userâ€™s web, smart disabling of all Wi-Fi except trusted hotspots, frequent secure updates from Blackphone directly, secure cloud file storage from SpiderOak.
Additionally, it is powered by â€œ>2 GHz quad-core SoC and features a full set of premium features, such as a 4.7? HD IPS screen, LTE, HSPA+, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of storage, >8MP primary camera with flash and 1.3MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n WiFi, GPS, and more.â€
The accessories along with the device include a 2-year Silent Circle app, 3 one-year â€˜Friend and Familyâ€™ Silent Circle subscriptions, 2 years of Disconnect, 2 years of SpiderOak and an international power adapter kit.
Watch the Blackphone demo in below given Youtube video:
The smartphone was launched at Mobile World Congress 2014 in April held at Barcelona, Spain. The joint venture, SGP Technologies, touted it as â€˜the worldâ€™s first smartphone which places privacy and control directly in the hands of its users.â€™
â€œWe wanted to deliver not just the best privacy, but the best total package,â€ saidÂ Toby Weir-Jones, SGP Technologiesâ€™ Managing Director at the launch.
â€œBlackphone offers unprecedented value in a turnkey secure communications platform, and itâ€™s easy enough to use that anyone whoâ€™s used a smartphone before will feel right at home as soon as they turn it on,â€ he added.
â€œWe are thrilled thatÂ DisconnectÂ Search is the default search provider for Blackphone, and that users will receive our Secure Wireless app, which is a smart VPN designed to provide safe browsing and in-app activity, and to stop wireless eavesdropping over Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G networks,â€ said Casey Oppenheim, co-CEO of Disconnect.
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