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Encrypted Phone Calls Are Here For A Price

Encrypted Phone Calls Are Here For A Price

June 28, 2011
Somewhere James Bond is smiling today with the release of Cellcrypt Mobile for iPhone. The app, which is available in the App Store, provides voice encryption to the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. Created by London, UK-based Cellcrypt, the VoIP product works through Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, 3G or satellite. Richard Greco, CEO of Cellcrypt states:
“The introduction of Cellcrypt Mobile for iPhone further strengthens Cellcrypt’s market leadership position. “The performance of Cellcrypt’s application for iPhone is very impressive. In trials, customers are reporting international calling with near-perfect voice quality and latency better than landline calling.”
Features include:
  • To make a call, users simply open the Cellcrypt Mobile application by selecting the icon on their phone, manually enter a Cellcrypt secure number (or select a previously saved contact from the Cellcrypt address book) and press send
  • Cellcrypt Mobile needs to be running on both devices so that both can encrypt/decrypt the voice call at each end to provide security along the entire path between the callers
  • It also uses the data channel (IP) rather than voice channel so both devices also need to be connected to the internet using standard data connectivity provided by the service provider
  • Government-grade cryptography is used to check the identity of each device on the call and then encrypt the call
  • The recipient’s phone rings or vibrates, automatically shows the Cellcrypt Mobile screen and displays an incoming call
  • If the call is accepted a normal conversation is conducted until one of the callers hangs up. The caller is notified if the recipient is busy or not online
  • Cellcrypt Mobile meets the U.S. government's 140-2 Federal Information Processing Standards, which means it can be used by government employees for certain classifications of information.
While the app is free, the service certainly is not. Cellcrypt charges $1,600 for a year subscription and the person on the other end of the line also need to have a subscription. Still for those Bond types amongst us, this looks like the perfect solution. Thoughts?  

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