updated 08:24 am EDT, Thu July 10, 2014
New offering allows for more secure international communications
Security-focused communications firm Silent Circle today announced the expansion of Out-Circle Calling (OCC). The expansion allows for encrypted hybrid calling, which enables Silent Circle members to make and receive encrypted, private voice calls through the company's Silent Phone service to non-Silent Circle subscribers in 79 total countries.
Starting today, subscribers who enroll in Silent Circle's encrypted international calling plans will be given unique ten-digit Silent Phone numbers, letting them complete calls "outside the Circle" to and from a significantly expanded number of geographic regions. Areas now covered are Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh , Belgium , Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Guadaloupe, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy , Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, the US Virgin Islands, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.
Silent Circle's private communications apps are available in the Blackphone, what the company calls "the world's first smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users." Developed by SGP Technologies, a Swiss-based joint venture between Silent Circle and Spanish mobile phone developer Geeksphone, Blackphone devices began shipping to customers in June and feature PrivatOS, a privacy-enhanced operating system built on Android and a full suite of privacy-enabled applications, including Silent Phone and Silent Text.
The Silent Phone free app allows users to subscribe for the service on iOS devices. Out-Circle encrypted calling plans start at $13 for 100 minutes, which provides unlimited Silent Phone member-to-member calling, unlimited Silent Text messaging around the world, the ability to receive calls to your Silent Phone number from anyone in the world, plus 100 minutes to make calls to non-subscribers in any of the regions covered.