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Black Phone: the privacy smartphone is available for pre-order

Sterling Keys

Right after the whole NSA fiasco in the United States, a smartphone was proposed that would be security and privacy at the forefront of its features. As of today, you can now order said smartphone: the Black Phone has officially been launched and is available for pre-order.

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The world's safest smartphone? Maybe. / © blackphone

For the small’ish price of $629 US Dollars, you can buy yourself a sense of security with the Black Phone. Right now, the manufacturers promise the following:

Blackphone includes a unique combination of operating system and application tools which offer unparalleled security and privacy to information workers, executives, public figures, and anyone else unwilling to cede ownership of their privacy to other authorities.  Blackphone’s PrivatOS, built onAndroid™, and combined with a full suite of privacy-enabled applications, allows users to regain control over their communications activities. 

As such, the Android based operating system, PrivatOS, comes with a ton of pre-installed security apps on the device. Some of the features of this new operating system is based around default security settings that are meant to protect the user: anonymous search functions, smart disabling of WiFi, private calling, anonymous anti-theft and remote wiping features, among a ton of other. For more information, check out the manufacturers page on the operating system.

© Blackphone

The phone itself is pretty lackluster, but if you’re looking for something that has your privacy in mind, this phone might be exactly what you’re looking for. You can preorder the Black Phone as of today.

Technical Specs

System Android + PrivatOS
Display 4.7-inches, HD IPS Display 
Processor Quad-Core, 2 GHz
Internal Memory 16 GB 
Camera 8 MP (rear), 1.3 MP (front)
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n WiFi, GPS, HSPA+, LTE
Price 629 US Dollars

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  • Kevin Stagg Mar 6, 2014 Link

    I second Sean's post. What would others use to create their settings on Android to replicate a Black Phone?

  • CJ Brown Mar 6, 2014 Link

    tailer made for the "no contract" market .... :-)

  • arturo diaz gutierrez Feb 27, 2014 Link

    Muy bien

  • arturo diaz gutierrez Feb 27, 2014 Link

    Very good

  • Anders Bagger Feb 27, 2014 Link

    Sequrity or not. The more i look at it. The more beautifull it is. I want one. With clean KitKat on top of it.

  • Muhammad Warsame Feb 25, 2014 Link

    All I gonna say is, as Muhammad Ali said, Free at Last. I also encourage to buy it this phone.

  • Anders Bagger Feb 25, 2014 Link

    This is a serious design gem, wich is visually tight all the way around.
    Wow factor here (are you listening sammy'?)
    Never the less... Every thing that are designed to be un-hackable.
    IS going to be hacked, in some way or another.
    Just don't store you'r dirty private pictures on it, NSA might get "excited".

  • Sean Foster Feb 25, 2014 Link

    I would be interested in an article listing the settings and apps you'd need to replicate something like the Black Phone.

    I have location, wifi, and NFC switched off by default and use avast for remote control and wiping, although I've never had to use it in anger.

    What do others use?