Jun 30 AT 10:50 AM Nick Sarafolean 5 Comments

Blackphone now shipping to the tune of $630


Security concerns are at some of the highest levels in history thanks to things like the NSA’s surveillance. Out of that, the security-centric Blackphone was born. Blackphone is a decent Android smartphone that’s all about privacy. After the Blackphone was announced, the initial inventory sold out quite quickly. Now the phone is shipping out to those first adopters.

Priced at $630, the Blackphone’s specs include a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage with a microSD card slot, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat. The security features are what really make it stand out, and the Blackphone comes with subscriptions to several security services. Voice calls, video calls and texts conducted on the Blackphone are all encrypted, and web browsing goes through Disconnect search to keep it hidden from web monitoring. Features like Wi-Fi are also secured by not allowing access to things that could allow location tracking of Blackphone users. In short, it’s the perfect phone to keep your information private.

What do you think of the Blackphone? Are its security features a good thing?

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GENEVA, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SGP Technologies SA, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone behind Blackphone, today announced that Blackphone handsets have started shipping to the device’s first pre-order customers. SGP Technologies formally launched Blackphone earlier this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC). There is overwhelming demand for the phone’s focus on user privacy and the unmatched array of integrated features for private communications, browsing, and cloud storage that make Blackphone a category-defining leader in privacy phones. Most recently, MIT Technology Review recognized Blackphone on its prestigious list of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies” of 2014. In addition, Blackphone has won two other awards since its media launch: “The 10 Best Products at MWC 2014″ and 2014 Red Herring Europe Top 100 Winner.

“We are excited to achieve this key milestone on schedule and ship a remarkable device to customers that is the result of an unprecedented combination of privacy and mobile innovations and visionaries,” said Toby Weir-Jones, CEO of SGP Technologies. “Blackphone’s arrival puts mobile privacy directly in the hands of professionals and consumers everywhere. In a world where devices and apps increasingly offer features only in return for users’ personal or sensitive information, the pent-up demand for Blackphone shows there is strong, international demand for our brand’s devices and services that stand apart by placing privacy before all else.”

Blackphone is the world’s first smartphone built from the ground up to maximize user privacy. Blackphone’s security-enhanced operating system, PrivatOS, built on Androidâ„¢ KitKat, provides users protection and control over security issues without the usual compromises. The unique advantages include:

Private communications: Blackphone features private encrypted voice and video calls and text messaging with attachments via Silent Circle’s, Silent Phone and Silent Text apps created by Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas, giving users the freedom to communicate securely anywhere they find cellular or Wi-Fi connections.
Wi-Fi security: The included Kismet Smarter Wi-Fi Manager prevents Wi-Fi hotspots from capturing Blackphone users’ wireless connection history and other information that could be used to track users’ locations or patterns of activity and information about sensitive office or home networks.
Security Center: Gives owners complete control over application permissions, allowing immediate changes without rebooting or reinstalling.
Remote wipe and protect: A powerful remote wipe tool gives Blackphone owners further peace of mind in having the ability to control their phone’s data from anywhere in the world.
Anonymous Web browsing and VPN: Disconnect Search is the default search provider for Blackphone, offering private browsing protection from invasive Web monitoring by hiding users’ IP address, browser cookies and personal information. Blackphone also features Disconnect’s Secure Wireless app, which is a smart VPN designed to prevent eavesdropping over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Private cloud storage: Blackphone owners can access files in SpiderOak’s private encrypted cloud service right from their mobile device, knowing only they have the means to decrypt and access their private files.
Blackphone’s initial inventory sold out quickly in the months following Mobile World Congress and SGP Technologies will re-open the Blackphone Web store at https://store.blackphone.ch on July 14 to begin accepting new orders. Customers in certain countries will be able to order Blackphone handsets through the device’s carrier partners, such as KPN N.V..

For more information on Blackphone’s availability, feature-set and technical specifications, please visit https://www.blackphone.ch or follow @Blackphone_ch on Twitter.

About SGP Technologies SA
SGP Technologies is the manufacturer of Blackphone, the best privacy oriented Android phone for personal and enterprise use. Formed as a joint between the internationally recognized secure communications provider, Silent Circle, and award-winning Spanish mobile device manufacturer, Geeksphone, SGP Technologies is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with major operations in Madrid and Washington, DC and staff in San Francisco, and cities throughout Europe, East Asia, and North America. For more information on Blackphone, please visit https://www.blackphone.ch.

Via: Engadget

Source: Blackphone

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Grendel

    Wow. Such editing skills in paint! I still can see black editing markings on grey background. Shame on you editor, for not knowing basic editing tools.

  • Tom Gray

    Hah! sure… show them you have something to hide.
    Show people like the NSA, I’m using a black phone because I do things that are frowned upon, you should try harder to track me.

  • jerrbomb

    Hmmm… Now I love the idea but it’s picture in this post sucks.. It’s it’s a black phone.. Don’t put it against a black back drop… Show heavy contrast so that we can see it in all of its glory.. Other than that.. It sounds awesome…

  • steve

    if the nsa really wants to track your phones emails, phone calls, texts, social networking, and browsing, i don’t think any phone can stop them. it probably would just take them more time to crack it. Anything can be hacked, we all know it, or our computers and phones would always be safe. remember a time when bbm was secure? not anymore, the NY moffia bbm records were brought into court, and there was entire countrys wanting to ban blackberry because it couldn’t be hacked. It just took some effort, this phone will have the same fate

  • ______________________

    Yes, it is a good thing but given the reality of the world we now live in, this should be nearly standard set of offerings on all connected devices. Data privacy should not be a privilege, it is a right.

    You can accomplish much of this through Cyanogenmod in conjunction with security focused apps, etc though this phone has a few extra features I’d love to have, assuming they are genuinely secure.