Those who want easy smartphone privacy will need to be willing to slap down $629 for it, the price tag on the phone that’s expected to be released in April.
Abroad, Dutch telecommunications company KPN has already committed to buy 500,000 Blackphones to sell exclusively in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, says Janke, generating a couple hundred million dollars in revenue for the new company.
“I’m glad they think they can make money selling privacy,” said ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian speaking at a security conference in San Francisco Thursday. “The proof is in the pudding. My biggest concern is ongoing updates for Android. The Blackphone may be secure today but it needs regular updates to make sure it stays secure.”
There’s also the possibility that someone using the phone would download malware or a malicious app from Google Play, though the phone will scan apps and let users decide how much information they want to share with each.