Blackphone, the privacy-centric smartphone

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.

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25 Comments on this Post

  1. I’m going to purchase one! :)

    • phonebuddy

      Bakit kailangan isingit ang android na meron naman existing BlackBerry. Dahil sa apps ba kaya android? Kailangan secured ang candycrush? Malamang nman its for the communication kaya need maging secure.

    • Dahil mas malaki ang market ng Android sa ngayon kaysa BB…

    • I guess the reasons they simply “tweaked” and utilized the Android OS are that: 1) Android being an open source would mean cost-efficiency on their end. Kasi at least hindi na nila kailangang mag-start from scratch in building their own OS and uber sophisticated server infrastructure and 2) Yes, it will be easier for them to win customers because one of the factors in capturing a market is to introduce a familiar (but much improved) product line.

    • ba dumb t'ass

      Like what he said, modifiable kasi ang android os, mas madali siyang ma decrypt para ma enhance and security reasons unlike ng iba, specially the mansanas phone na baka ma sue lang sila after nila kumita ng malaki lol. Palibhasa may mga taong tulad mo na app lang nakikita sa mga OS eh.

  2. Huawei will be the manufacturer.

    • Geeksphone ang manufacturer hindi Huawei. Geeksphone is a Spanish manufacturer. Currently meron sila mga Firefox OS phones

  3. Android phone with better security than blackberry phone =) FTW

  4. Is there a white version of this? The White Blackphone? :)

    • Ole Maniego

      YES. With the Whitephone, everything, your calls, your texts, etc will be shared on social networking, and the default setting is public.

  5. benchmark

    hehe private nga yung phone, pero yung FB,tweeter, instagram, todo advertise ang sarili kung anung ginagawa at asan sya. Well minsan asa atin din naman yung “privacy” na tinatawag.

    But then again, its a great OS din naman kung all out secured ang info mo at communications from other.

    As for the phone, yung backing nya parang Kevlar like the Motorola Phone dati.

    • ba dumb t'ass

      Sana abot din ng OS niya yung mga in-app adverts, anti malware, trojan protectors, etc. At sana Tegra 4 chipset niya :)))))

  6. Hanep..

  7. At first glance i thought it was a CM Omega HD2.0. LOL

  8. anshunga naman ng iba. anung kinalaman ng blackberry dito

    • Blackberry is known for its very secured platform kaya kahit mga gov’t agencies nakablackbbery pa rin…since secured din ito edi di talagang maiiwasan na maikumpara to sa bb…


    • oo nga eh pansin ko dito sa yugatech, mga puro kagaguhan ang mga comments…mga kung ano lang ang ma type,

    • dick israel

      wag nyo nalang pansinin dun sila masaya eh, sa bobo nilang opinion

  10. fidel oliva

    if you have so many secret deals, this is the phone for you, me , I’ve got nothing to hide, I will stick to my old trusty phone.

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