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Silent Circle takes on Skype, Viber, mobile telcos with crypto-VoIP

July 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by John Leyden / The Register

But, hey ... we cut the roaming charges, mumble mobile carriers

Silent Circle has launched a global encrypted IP voice calling service that will go up against over-the-top services Skype and Viber, among others. The idea here, however, is that it will feature a way to communicate privately.

It's more bad news for mobile carriers, which are already beating off roaming-revenue pinchers in the form of popular VoIP apps Viber and Skype and text-revenue leaks as customers turn to Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp.

Out-Circle Calling is a paid-for service will allow callers to make and receive encrypted private voice calls. International call plans start at $12.95 USD for 100 minutes and will allow Silent Phone callers to complete calls "outside the Circle" to any mobile device or landline.

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