Vodalayx, Aleryx and postbox have agreed to sell their rights to unlock mobile phones for consumers.
The five companies said on Monday they had signed a deal to sell a digital key to consumers to unlock their mobile phones, the Financial Times reported.
The agreement comes at a time of heightened concern about the rise of encrypted messaging and social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram.
“This is an important milestone in the development of digital identity and digital identity protection, which will benefit the millions of consumers who use these services and the businesses that support them,” the companies said in a statement.
Vodalaya said the key will be used for unlocking and upgrading mobile phones.
Alteryx said the digital key will “provide an added layer of protection for the Vodalist customers.”
“The key will provide a strong foundation for our customers to safeguard their digital assets, which are important to us in terms of both financial security and personal security,” the company said.
Postbox said the deal is “designed to enhance the protection of their digital identity.”
The key is already available to consumers.
The sale comes as encryption technology has become increasingly popular.
Earlier this year, the British Government began banning the sale of encrypted communications apps such as Telegram, Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Earlier this month, the Australian Government also banned the sale and use of encrypted messages and internet services.
The companies said they are also working to expand the sale to the European Union, the US, Canada, and other countries.