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New mobile phone app has James Bond features to thwart surveillance

Published on Jul 10, 2014 4:38 PM

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Silent Circle, a company known for mobile apps designed to thwart government surveillance, is introducing on Thursday a secrecy-cloaking phone service that lets customers make and receive private phone calls for as little as US$12.95 (S$16.19) a month.

The secure, fixed-rate voice and data calling plan works on Apple iOS and Android smartphones and, eventually, on Windows Mobile systems, the Geneva-based firm said.

The service marks a sophisticated challenge not just to traditional phone carriers - who still by and large charge steep roaming fees to international travellers when calling from outside their home market - but also to newer, voice over Internet services that have sprung up over the past decade.

For while Silent Circle undercuts major competitors' roaming costs in many countries, the service's basic attraction lies in its distinctive security features.

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