Super-Private Blackphone Sells Out on Day One

By Jamie Condliffe on at

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]