Boeing's Black smartphone is designed to offer unprecedented levels of security to governments and military officials

Boeing introduces self-destructible smartphone

Defence giant Boeing has unveiled an encryption-enabled smartphone that can delete all data and make itself inoperable in less than thirty seconds.

Called Boeing Black, the gadget, aimed for top politicians, military officials or corporate executives, provides maximum level of information security to prevent potentially damaging data leakages.

The phone, a product of Boeing’s communications arm, uses Google’s Android operating system and is slightly larger than an iPhone. Unlike most normal phones, it enables using dual SIM cards to allow access to multiple networks.

Due to security reasons, Boeing has been rather secretive about which phone-makers or wireless network operators it has been working with. The company has disclosed neither the price nor the date when the phone might become available but said it has started offering it to selected potential customers.

The Boeing Black phone is equipped with many unusual features including the capability to connect with a satellite or use solar power. The gadget will also be fitted with biometric sensors for increased security. Any attempt to open the phone’s body, will trigger the data erasing, self-destructive action.

The phone can operate on the WCDMA, GSM and LTE frequency bands and offers WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

"We saw a need for our customers in a certain market space," said Boeing’s spokeswoman Rebecca Yeamans.

Yeamans said the smartphone is a product of Boeing’s communications engineers, who had been developing the gadget for the past 36 months. Technicians from several companies recently acquired by Boeing also took part in the project, including those from Argon ST, Digital Receiver Technology, Kestrel Enterprise, Ravenwing, and Solutions Made Simple.

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