Cellcrypt has added Android phones to the list of devices covered by its encrypted voice calling application, designed to offer secure communications for governments and companies in sectors like finance.
Available immediately, Cellcrypt Mobile for Android runs on devices with Android 2.3 and operates over Wi-Fi and cellular data connections.
The application sets up an encrypted VoIP session between a pair of handsets equipped with the software, but makes the process as simple as making or placing a normal phone call, according to Cellcrypt.
Most people do not see the need for secure voice calls, but the relative ease with which GSM calls can be intercepted using off-the-shelf equipment is a growing concern for many organisations, especially governments and the finance industry.
"We are seeing a growing tension between organisational security requirements and personal convenience requirements, with people often discussing sensitive issues on mobile phones to get their jobs done faster or because they have no other practical choice," said Cellcrypt chief executive Richard Greco.
Cellcrypt Mobile uses encryption certified to the US government's FIPS 140-2 standards, and has passed tests by the UK government's Communications-Electronics Security Group.
Cellcrypt already supports Nokia E-Series and N-Series handsets, plus BlackBerry devices. Cellcrypt Mobile licensing costs $1,500 (£915) per user per year.
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