SGP Technologies, the joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, has announced that its Blackphone smartphones have started shipping to customers.
The privacy-focussed device, which was launched ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014, is based on the Android OS but also offers encrypted calls and encrypted text messaging.
Podcast - 25th June 2014
This week's podcast covers the launch of the first Amazon smartphone and the introduction of Google Glass to the UK.
We also talk about new WiFi-powered voice services from EE and Three, plans to reduce mobile 'black spots', BlackBerry's app partnership, smartphone theft, 4G innovation... and rechargeable trousers.
Three says it’s launching a new service that’ll offer voice and SMS text services via WiFi to UK customers.
The service, which is called Three inTouch, will be available from early August.
Government ministers are talking to mobile network operators about the possibility of allowing ‘roaming’ between UK networks, according to news reports.
It means that ‘black spot’ areas of poor coverage would be reduced.
EE says it’s planning to allow UK customers to make voice calls over WiFi connections “with a higher quality and greater degree of reliability than unmanaged VoIP services”.
Calls will be available via the standard dialler on the customer’s smartphone, with SMS messaging also available.