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This article was published on January 15, 2014

    Blackphone: A new privacy-focused smartphone from Silent Circle and Geeksphone

    Blackphone: A new privacy-focused smartphone from Silent Circle and Geeksphone
    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers

    Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

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    In the wake of all the hoo-hah around the NSA’s international snooping exploits, encrypted communications firm Silent Circle and Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone have announced a new Switzerland-based venture AND its inaugural product: Blackphone.

    Blackphone is touted as “the world’s first smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users”, which in real terms constitutes a version of Android called PrivatOS that promises to let consumers and companies make phone calls, send texts and everything else, “without compromising user privacy”.

    The company says that the device will be sold unlocked and work with any carrier. Pre-orders start at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, on February 24. Meanwhile, check out the official promo video for yourself below.

    Blackphone

    http://vimeo.com/84167384