Boeing is set to release an smartphone that can self-destruct, but the device's security features call for the utmost secrecy.
As well as encrypting calls, Reuters reports that the Boeing Black smartphone will delete all data and stop working if it's tampered with. It will be targeted at government workers and agencies who have a particular need to keep their communications and data secure.
According to Reuters, Boeing is keeping many details about the phone’s rollout shrouded in secrecy and haven’t even released a price or official release date. They have, however, started offering the phone, which will be made in the United States and run on the Android operating system, to potential customers.
Bruce Olcott, Boeing's counsel, wrote in a letter to the FCC: "Boeing’s Black phone will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security. The device will be marketed and sold in a manner such that low-level technical and operational information about the product will not be provided to the general public.”
The handset's release marks an expansion of the communications division of Boeing. The Black has been in development for 36 months, Rebecca Yeamans, a Boeing spokesperson, told Reuters.