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The Blackphone ships -- built for stealth
The Blackphone ships -- built for stealth

The Blackphone, the first smartphone focused on privacy, began shipping Monday. Designed for users primarily concerned about privacy and data protection, the Blackphone carries a high price tag: $629, with no subsidy available through cellphone carriers. "There's a market out there of people who wanted access to these tools who had assumed they were limited to enterprises and government agencies," said Toby Weir-Jones, chief executive of Blackphone creator SGB Technologies. SGB, based in Switzerland with a U.S. office near Washington, D.C., is a joint venture of cryptography software specialist Silent Circles and Spanish phone maker Geeksphone. The company hopes to sell to...