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June 30, 2014

Privacy-Themed Blackphone Now Shipping

The first Smartphone dedicated to maintaining a user’s privacy is now available for purchase.

Blackphone, a “security-enhanced Android build” running PrivatOS, has been called spy-proof — meaning it has the ability to prevent intelligence organizations, such as the National Security Agency, from keeping tabs on mobile phone users.

Blackphone“Your phone should be yours,” reads the website. “Reclaim the power of choice. Now only you decide what to share, what to communicate, and what to keep entirely to yourself.”

Users of the phone, which was unveiled in January, will be able to make calls, send texts, videos and chats securely, as well as transfer files and browse the Internet through a secure virtual private network. Pre-orders for the device began in February and the device is now shipping those orders.

Blackphone, the result of a partnership between Madrid company Geeksphone and Silent Circle, an encrypted communications service provider, retails for a hefty $629.

The phone boasts a 4.7-inch display, quad-core 2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery.

Blackphone comes unlocked and features a number of pre-installed privacy tools, which are enabled for at least two years of use.  These tools include the Silent Circle suite of applications such as Silent Phone, Silent Text and Silent Contacts; anonymous search, private browsing, and VPN from Disconnect; and secure cloud file storage from SpiderOak. Click here to view the applications.