Much of what the iPhone App Store has to offer seems redundant. While numerous things come standard – such as the capacity to actually make a phone call – developers continue to offer applications that not only offer repetitive service, but also charge monthly fees in addition to your regular mobile bill.
For instance, Kryptos by Kryptos Communications, Inc offers users a way to make and receive secure, encrypted calls peer-to-peer. But while they promise secure calling features over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections, users will find that Kryptos is in no way a substitute or replacement for their typical mobile or landline connections.
Users must begin by either signing in to their existing account or by crating a new one. Simply enter your full name and email address, then create a username and password. You will then return to the main screen where you may login.
The interface seems basic, much like the typical iPhone layout. With the bottom navigation bar, users can access many of the same features the iPhone offers. Contacts allows you to list and maintain all your contacts and their information, while History allows you to view your calls listed according to those missed and those incoming and outgoing. The My Profile tab displays the number of incoming and outgoing calls and allows you to manage your account, logout or report a problem. Invite Friends helps you send an email to all those you hope to soon connect with via Kryptos. Call Status indicates whether you are ready to make a call or not, much like the little indicator lights in the top left corner. Under Call Status, one may choose to call anyone from his or her Contacts or History list.
Unfortunately, besides the promised call security, Kryptos merely becomes an additional $4.99 per month once you have used up your free 30 days of service. (The App Store description also comes with added warnings, encouraging users to check with their mobile network operator for terms possible additional fees.) Users should also note that they cannot make emergency calls using Kryptos, nor can they call anyone who does not employ the same software. As is the downfall with many Smartphone offerings, you and those you plan to contact must all have a compatible device and an account in order to utilize this secure service. Ideal for only those who require such secure methods, Kryptos certainly will not appeal to the average iPhone user.
Kryptos [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.