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December 12, 2014

Verizon rolls out encrypted calling app

Offers end-to-end encryption for voice calls on iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices.

By CBR Staff Writer

Verizon has launched a new voice encryption offering called Voice Cypher, which offers end-to-end encryption for voice calls on iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices used by business and government clients.

Based on the technology from Cellcrypt, the new encryption software offers secure communications for users speaking on the app installed devices, irrespective of their wireless carrier.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions enterprise wireless products director Justin Blair said: "Our enterprise and government clients have reported increased concern regarding mobile device, call and text security — especially as more business is conducted using smartphones and tablets."

"Voice Cypher addresses those specific concerns in a cost-effective, reliable and flexible way."

The new Verizon Voice Cypher is a powerful AES-256, end-to-end encryption offering that can be deployed on smartphones.

In addition to Verizon, other companies including AT&T have also developed similar encryption that offers an encrypted phone service for business clients.

Apple and Google’s Android most recently started securing content on users’ devices in an approach that enable tech companies to comply with law enforcement requests.

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Cellcrypt chief technology officer Andrew Lilly said: "We have worked closely with Verizon to make sure Verizon Voice Cypher is simple to deploy and easy to use."

"Once a license is obtained through Verizon, customers can simply download Verizon Voice Cypher from the standard app stores and manage the provisioning of devices themselves – there is no need for extra hardware modules or special SIM cards."

Verizon’s latest offering comes in the midst of escalating interest in encryption from individual consumers, following Edward Snowden’s NSA disclosures.

Justin Blair, director of enterprise wireless products at Verizon Enterprise Solutions added, "Protecting sensitive communication from intrusion threats requires a solution that works across any network."

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