News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 15, 2014.
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As the world collectively groans with each new report about the US government spying on local and global communications network, two companies have announced a partnership and new phone that places privacy above all else. The resulting Blackphone product delivers a phone that can support secure phone calls, video chat, and data transfer without snooping or collection on users.
"The Blackphone is for privacy-minded, security-minded, people from all walks of life who want to take by control of their privacy," says Mike Janke, co-founder of Silent Circle, a participating company in the venture.
Blackphone is a collaboration between Silent Circle and Geeksphone. The joint venture formed by the encryption company and smartphone manufacturer aims to add an extra layer of protection. The "PrivatOS" firmware is built on top of Android but includes encryption for voice calls, video chats, text messages, file transfers, and file storage. It encrypts exchanges to prevent spying and anonymize your activity through a VPN.
Details about the actual phone and price have not been announced, but more will follow when the Blackphone debuts at Mobile World Congress next month. For now, the parties involved are content to promote the concept and get on potential customers' radars. More specifics about how Blackphone can fight against the widespread spying on location and other activities should also be available then.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.