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In six short months since its debut at Mobile World Congress in February 2014, Blackphone handsets are now shipping to pre-order customers.

SGP Technologies, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone which created the Blackphone device, said there was an overwhelming demand for the phone.

Blackphone is the first smartphone built with the user’s privacy as its core mandate. Blackphone, built on Android KitKat, gives the user private and encrypted voice, video calls, and text messaging and has Wi-Fi security that stops hotspots from capturing the users’ wireless connection history. This is valuable for frequent travelers because their connection history can be used to track locations or patterns of activity and information about their office or home networks.