Silent Circle, along with Geeksphone ,developed a privacy-protecting smartphone. After Snowden leaked NSA secrets, developers became more interested in protecting the public’s privacy. The communication and encryption software with the new “Blackphone” is designed for maximum privacy.
In terms of hardware, the phone has 4.7-inch HD screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and an 8 megapixel rear camera. The phone is packed to the brim with software to protect your location, unless you allow it. For example, if you want to use Google Maps to get traffic directions, you can simply allow the program to track you for however long you wish. The phone is also able to set a “dummy” location if the app requires GPS location. WiFi base stations can pick up the location of any wifi able mobile device being used in that area, even if the wifi isn’t being used. The Blackphone software blocks the location and data, until the user is home or at the office.Silent Circle is not about tricking the government, the company is about “ Putting a stake in the ground for your right to have truly private conversations and to conduct your business without fear of compromise”. The phones will be released three weeks from now and the starting price is about $629.