the batteries can be removed its just a box of a soft as the back and the battery are glued down. A hairdryer is sufficient to remove both. Not sure if anyone is still using one of these in 2020 but eBay seems full of these that are brand new with the same screen/ button defect. either way in 2020 they make a solid spare phone with android 6.0.1 still supporting the vast majority of apps
The replaceable/removable battery is without a doubt a key factor in safeguarding our privacy and no matter how secure we are with the BlackPhone or any other phone it does not make a bit of sense to eliminate the replaceable/removable battery no matter how many gimmicks to fast charge these phones that these companies come up with if you are not around an ac power source your screwed as opposed to having several batteries on stand by especially with the event of storms and blackouts or just being in location where you cannot use their power for personal use. Yes while i'm sure that the world's intelligence community is 1000% for this trend (if in fact they are not the ones behind it in the first place.)because there is no way that we can cut them out without innovations. Which will also cut us off as well. My point being as a pioneer in safeguarding our privacy why BlackPhone would follow in the same footsteps as these other companies that cooperate with the government and others against our best interest in eliminating the replaceable battery is beyond me it does absolutely nothing for the phone at all so its a little fatter has a little more weight security is not meant to be sexy,pretty,or elegant the bottom line its just meant to be effective!
I decided years ago the I won't buy a phone with a sealed battery. Knowing that I can remove the power source is the only guaranteed way I use to protect my privacy when I'm not doing anything with electronics. Make a model with a removable battery and I'll buy it.
Privacy in electronic communications is an oxymoron. This was true even in the analog days. And with the likes of "dropoutjeep" spyware around, what we say -- or do -- even when not on our phone is not private. Good idea then to regularly shut it off -- and keep it off until we need it.
"DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted." -- Der Spiegel
If you want to replace BlackBerry, you need a model with a hardware keyboard.
I like his enthusiasm though.
AnonD-369311, 02 Mar 2015It's just a Linux based phone without Google Services or ios stuff, that's how you stay secur... moreIf you think that's how you don't get spied,I have bad news for you.Nowadays mobile chips probably have an embedded extrachip with a 3G antenna,just like Intel's have for many years and advertise them as anti-theft technology.They probably work the same way Intel chips does.No need for spyware or something else,NSA already knows everything you have and do with your phone.
It's just a Linux based phone without Google Services or ios stuff, that's how you stay secure and avoid background CPU (spying) intensive operations.
Silent Circle is a 80s Eurodisco group from Germany which has the similar name like this phone maker.