Paranoid? Or just privacy conscious? Well, the Blackphone is an Android handset that promises to keep your secrets safe, and they went on sale today for $629 (£369) – and promptly sold out.
The super-secure phone has been in the works for some time. Its specs were revealed at the start of the year:—a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 2GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of storage, an eight-megapixel camera, LTE.
The Android smartphone comes pre-subscribed to – and pre-installed with – a bunch of privacy and anti-surveillance services. That centres mainly on Silent Phone for encrypted VoIP; Silent Text, for encrypted messaging; and Silent Contacts, for an encrypted contact list other apps can't peek at. All of these are available on iOS and vanilla Android for a price, but a Blackphone comes with two years of service included.
The phone costs $629 (£369) off-contract. If that seems like a lot, then it may come as a surprise to find out that the phone, which went on sale today, is now being listed as sold out on the company's website. Clearly you can put a price on privacy. [Blackphone]