Watch out NSA spies, here comes the Blackphone. As the scope of data collection by American intelligence agencies seems to swell daily, so too do the options on the marketplace for thwarting government snoops. The yet-to-launch Blackphone is the latest entrant to the category.
This Android-based smartphone aims to prioritize privacy above everything else, according to its early release notes:
Blackphone is the world’s first smartphone which prioritizes the user’s privacy and control, without any hooks to carriers or vendors. It 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.
The phone will be sold unlocked, making it available for any carrier. It promises to allow for secure phone calls, text messages, file storage and video chat, as well as the ability to anonymize activity through VPN.
Pre-orders for the phone will begin at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb. 24. Silent Circle and Geeksphone partnered together to develop the phone.