Wednesday, 15 January 2014

[Press release] Blackphone



• Blackphone gives wide-ranging privacy protection to users.

• New handset to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on

February 24th

Washington D.C. and Madrid, 15th January 2014 – Silent Circle and Geeksphone today announced

a new Switzerland-based joint venture and its inaugural product, Blackphone, the world’s first

smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users.

Blackphone, powered by a security-oriented Android™ build named PrivatOS, is a carrier- and

vendor-independent smartphone giving individuals and organizations the ability to make and

receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files, and video chat without

compromising user privacy on the device.

It is the culmination of several careers' worth of effort from leading figures in the industry,

including Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP; Javier Agüera and Rodrigo Silva-Ramos co-founders

of Geeksphone; Jon Callas, co-founder of PGP Inc. and CTO of Silent Circle; Geeksphone; and Mike

Janke, CEO of Silent Circle and former US Navy SEAL.

“I have spent my whole career working towards the launch of secure telephony products,” said 

Zimmermann. “Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and 

control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have 

come to expect.” 

Blackphone may be seen at and visitors may join a mailing list to be

kept informed of updates as the launch date approaches. Blackphone will be available for pre-
order beginning February 24, 2014, at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.

For more information or to contact Blackphone visit:

About Geeksphone 

Geeksphone is a young and dynamic Spanish Company headquartered in Madrid and specializing in the 

development, promotion and commercialization of “open source” mobile telephony solutions. Geeksphone 

pioneered the industry by becoming the first European brand to launch an Android™ smartphone in 2009, 

and launched the world’s first Firefox OS™-powered smartphone in 2013. 


Geeksphone relies on an “open source” business philosophy, which enhances agility and participation in its

decision-making. For more on Geeksphone, go to: 

About Silent Circle

Silent Circle is a global encrypted communications service headquartered in Washington D.C. providing a

revolutionary peer-to-peer platform for encrypted voice, video, text and file transfer on mobile devices via

a secure, proprietary network, software and mobile apps. Silent Circle was co-founded by Mike Janke,

former Navy SEAL and best-selling author and Phil Zimmermann, the world famous Silicon Valley creator of

Internet encryption for voice and data and 2012 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, along with Jon

Callas, co-founder of PGP Inc. and creator of Apple’s Whole Disk Encryption. For more on Silent Circle, go


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