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Worried About Security – the ‘Blackphone’ is Now Shipping

June 30, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Black Hawk Down, Blackboard, Black List, Black Ops and now we have Blackphone – it always sounds so ominous when we put the word ‘black’ in front of a device or secret government operation – and the new Blackphone by SGP Technologies SA is no exception.  SCP Technologies SA, is a Switzerland-based joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, with the sole purpose of delivering a ‘private phone’ to both the public and business consumer.  Toby Weir-Jones, CEO of SGP Technologies said:

“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.  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.”

I am sure we geeks would like to know the specs of this device and we are happy to assist.  The Blackphone comes with a 4.7-inch IPS HD 720p display with a NVIDIA Tegra 4i quad-core 2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, although there is a microSD card slot to add up to 128GB of additional storage.  There is an 8MP main camera with LED Flash and Autofocus and 5MP front-facing camera for video chats and selfies.  It is all powered by a 2000mAh battery and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Micro USB and 3.5mm audio jack.  Sizing it up at 141 x 69 x 9mm and weighing in at 119g.

The Blackphone is based on a “security-oriented” Android KitKat that they call PrivatOS and this little piece of unlocked technology can be yours for $629…they will begin shipping again on July 14 and it can be used on any GSM network.  Several applications are custom-made for PrivatOS and come pre-installed on the device, such as, the Silent Circle suite of applications – Silent Phone, Silent Text and Silent Contacts.  There is an end-to-end encryption when both users are Blackphone customers – and for when you message to a non-Blackphone user, there is still a one-way encryption from the Blackphone side via the Silent Servers.  Blackphone can also ‘mask’ information and block apps trying to obtain that information. You can do an anonymous search, private browsing and VPN from Disconnect, as well as secure cloud file storage from SpiderOak.  There is a Blackphone Activation Wizard, Blackphone Security Center, and Blackphone Remote Wipe.

Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know if you would be interested in a Blackphone…as always, we would love to hear from you.