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On Sale Now: Merkel’s BlackBerry for Regular Folks

Secusmart GmbH has sold thousands of secure smartphones used by top government officials such as Germany’s Angela Merkel. As privacy concerns grow, Secusmart is predicting that regular citizens will also become big buyers of its 2,000-euro ($2,770) devices.

The German company is among makers of cryptophones, which encrypt calls to thwart eavesdropping, that are betting on growing sales to banks, law firms and other companies concerned that their conversations might be monitored. At least four such devices have been introduced in recent months or will hit the market soon, helping to make privacy a top theme of the CeBIT technology fair next week in Hanover, Germany.