New Delhi: Boeing has filed papers with the FCC to develop a smartphone for people in the business of secrets. The phone appears to coming straight from a James Bond spy movie.
Simply called “Black,” the phone, like any good spy phone — will deletes all data and renders the device inoperable if you try to open the casing of the smartphone.
In addition, the phone can also encrypt calls.
The secure phone marks an extension of the communications arm of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes.
Boeing's tamper-proof phone is aimed at government agencies and contractors who need to keep communication and data secure, according to Boeing and filings with the US Federal Communications Commission.
The company also claims that its hardware specs are exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests because they contains “trade secrets” and are vital to national security.
Made in the United States, the phone runs on Google's Android operating system. The 5.2-by-2.7-inch (13.2-by-6.9 cm) handset, slightly larger than an iPhone, uses dual-SIM cards to enable it to access multiple cell networks.
Due to phone's security features, Boeing is releasing few details about the wireless network operators or manufacturer it is working with, and has not provided a price or date by which the phone might be widely available.
Boeing's website says the phone can be configured to connect with biometric sensors or satellites. Other attachments can extend battery life or use solar power.
The phone can operate on the WCDMA, GSM and LTE frequency bands and offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.