Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping for $630

It’s the offspring of a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, who together have just announced that the first batch of devices is now shipping to customers who pre-ordered during the initial publicity rush. Everyone else will have the opportunity to place an order once general sales start on July 14th.If you missed our coverage during Mobile World Congress, then here’s what you need to know about Blackphone: it’s a mid-spec Android smartphone that comes pre-subscribed to and pre-installed with a bunch of privacy and anti-surveillance services, for a price of 629 off-contract. Check out our hands-on video from MWC below, but bear in mind that the device was only at prototype stage back then, and it wasn’t entirely stable. Thank you for reading!