SECURE COMMUNICATIONS OUTFIT Silent Circle expanded its encrypted calling service globally on Thursday, allowing people worldwide to make secure phone calls without incurring roaming charges.
Until now, Silent Circle's apps - which enable users to make encrypted calls, send secure messages and transfer files - had to be used by both parties, but the firm announced on Thursday that it is expanding the service worldwide, allowing users to make private calls to non-Silent Circle subscribers across 79 countries.
Slient Circle said this is "four to five times" more countries than are supported by rivals Skype and Viber.
From today, subscribers enrolling in Silent Circle's "Out-Circle" service will be given a unique ten-digit Silent Phone number to make and receive calls without incurring roaming charges. Instead, the firm is charging $12.95 for 100 minutes, $19.95 for 250 minutes, $24.95 for 500 minutes and $39.95 for 1,000 minutes.
The company is targeting businesses with the new plans too, claiming to be able to save their employees |tens of thousands of dollars a month" on international roaming charges.
Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke said, "Silent Circle's Out-Circle encrypted international calling plans are a major step forward in bringing private encrypted communications capabilities to all corners of the world.
"Silent Phone and Silent Text already offer unmatched advantages, but with today’s expansion we are giving our members a tremendous increase in cost and flexibility benefits.
"The facts are that Out-Circle Calling provides a low-cost, private alternative to traditional mobile calling plans that everyone from your neighbour to traveling multinational executives can use.
"The expanded geographic reach - combined with the superb call quality and unsurpassed built-in privacy features of Silent Phone - further extend Silent Circle’s lead in helping individuals and enterprises safely communicate across town or around the world.”
Silent Circle's secure calling apps are available on Android and iOS, and of course on the firm's own Blackphone device. µ