Blackphone promises to be the first privacy-centric smartphone to offer secure communications for usersBy Justin Kahn
As more news regarding NSA spying and insecure public communications surface, two companies feel there is a market for a new smartphone that is focused on offering users a secure and private way of communicating.
Encrypted communications company Silent Circle and Firefox OS device developer Geeksphone, have teamed up to create a new device called Blackphone that "comes preinstalled with all the tools you need to move throughout the world, conduct business, and stay in touch, while shielding you from prying eyes."
Silent Circle is headed up by Phil Zimmerman, who became well known as the creator of an early email encryption standard called PGP. Geeksphone is a Spanish start-up known for its work with Mozilla's Firefox OS developers devices, Peak and Keon.
Blackphone's security focused version of Android called PrivatOS, will allow users to place and receive calls (including video calls), send texts and access file storage securely, while keeping activity anonymous through the use of a VPN.
As you can see from the Blackphone promo video below, the company says the device ships with everything users will need to conduct these secure communications as well as all of the "other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect." As others have mentioned it is a little unclear at this point how Silent Circle and Geeksphone are making this happen, it looks like we will be hearing more about the device come next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Blackphone will also be made available for pre-order on February 24, the date the conference begins.