A group of cryptography, security, and mobile experts have come together to build a smartphone that focuses on protecting the digital privacy of its users, the Blackphone.
The Blackphone is a collaborative project between Silent Circle and Geeksphone. Together they pooled their resources to build a smartphone that puts a user’s privacy and control ahead of everything else, including advertising.
The Blackphone is unlocked and will work with any GSM carrier. It is configured, setup, and modified for security both in software and hardware levels. Exact specs haven’t been disclosed yet but it claims to have performance benchmarks that “put it among the top performers from any manufacturer.”
Running the sofware side of the Blackphone is PrivatOS – a modified version of Android OS with added layers of security and tools that lets users take control of his / her mobile presence and digital footprints.
You can make and receive secure phone calls; exchange secure texts; exchange and store secure files; have secure video chat; browse privately; and anonymize your activity through a VPN.
Pricing is also yet to be disclosed but users can start pre-ordering on February 24, 2014 at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.