Not long after the announcement of Silent Circle’s Blackphone, there is already a lower-priced competitor. FreedomPop, according to Engadget, has launched a $189, contract-free Privacy Phone, which is essentially a Samsung Galaxy S II, but with software that includes encryption for all Internet-based calls and messages, with data traveling through a VPN. The Blackphone will retail at $629 in the United States. Meanwhile, Cryptocat, a web application for privacy chatting, is now available as a free app in the Apple App Store. Cryptocata uses Off-the-Record Message, a “cryptographic protocol for secure Internet messaging,” with servers stored in a “Swedish nuclear bunker,” reports Reason.
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