The recent revelations by ex-National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden shed light on the extent of privacy invasion in the digital world and two companies came together with a common vision to put that to an end.
Silent Circle and Geeksphone have collaborated to build the Blackphone, the world's first smartphone which gives you total control over your privacy. Blackphone runs on PrivatOS which is based on the Android platform.
Blackphone - "You can make and receive secure phone calls; exchange secure texts; exchange and store secure files; have secure video chat; browse privately; and anonymize your activity through a VPN."
Both companies state that the phone is unlocked and works with any GSM carrier. While specs are not known at the moment, the Blackphone is capable of matching the flagship smartphones from other manufacturers in performance benchmarks.
If Silent Circle sounds familiar to you, it is actually a communication firm that specializes in providing secure, encrypted communications. It had to shut down its email service, Silent Mail last August to prevent spying from the NSA. Geeksphone, on the other hand, is a Spanish smartphone startup that manufactures Android and Firefox OS smartphones.
The Blackphone will be showcased and available for pre-order at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 next month. If you live a life like James Bond where secure communication is a matter of life and death, the Blackphone may just be the device you need.