I believe it was Doug Stanhope who proposed that the NSA must have the highest suicide rate of any job in the world (YouTube), considering the incredibly inane nature of most people’s calls, texts and emails. I’m inclined to agree with him, but maybe that’s just because I have nothing to hide.
If you fall into the left-wing do-gooder camp, you might be interested in Blackphone, the “world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else”.
Blackphone is detailed over on the, eh, Blackphone website, and it sounds like it might launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. Pre-orders will certainly begin in Barcelona.
There’s no word on Blackphone specs just yet, but we’re promised secure calls, texts, video calls and storage; private browsing; and anonymous activity through a VPN.
The phone is put together by Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone (we’ve mentioned them before in the context of Firefox OS (1), (2)), with a little help from the encrypted communications guys at Silent Circle.
“Blackphone is the world's first smartphone which prioritizes the user's privacy and control, without any hooks to carriers or vendors. It comes preinstalled with all the tools you need to move throughout the world, conduct business, and stay in touch, while shielding you from prying eyes.
“It's the trustworthy precaution any connected worker should take, whether you're talking to your family or exchanging notes on your latest merger & acquisition.”
MWC 2014 gets underway at the end of February.