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Silent Circle and Geeksphone have jointly announced a new Switzerland based joint venture and its inaugural product, Blackphone, a security optimised smartphone.

Blackphone, powered by an Android variant named PrivatOS, is described as a 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.

However, the website set up for the handset indicates that it only works on GSM networks. Whether that is poor wording, and it does include 3G/4G services, or is genuinely limited to just older GSM services remains unclear.

It is the culmination of several careers' worth of effort from some key figures in the industry, including Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP; Javier Aguera, co-founder of Geeksphone; Jon Callas, co-founder of PGP Inc. and CTO of Silent Circle; Rodrigo Silva-Ramos, co-founder of 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 will be available for pre-order beginning February 24, 2014, at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.

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