Boeing’s “Black” phone has a feature that thus far, no other smart phone can boast about. For the 007 in all of us, the aerospace manufacturer has made a foray into the spy world, and plans to produce a cell phone that will literally self-destruct if tampered with, in true “Mission Impossible” style.
According to MSN News on Thursday, the new cell phone, simply called “Black,” will run “an Android-variant operating system, be compatible with other technology, and—like any good spy phone—will self-destruct if you try to figure out its secrets.”
The phone won’t literally explode in your hands or melt away into a pool of dissolved plastics and fused circuit boards, though it will delete the data stored inside its memory if the phone detects any “forced entry.”
Explains Boeing via their FCC filings:
“The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassembly. Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.”
The phone will also carry technology to encrypt all calls and will use dual SIM cards to enable it to access multiple cell networks. It can be configured to respond to biometric sensors as well.
Boeing spokeswoman Rebecca Yeamans said the spy phone has been in the works now for three years.
“We saw a need for our customers in a certain market space,” Yeamans said.
Employees of government agencies will get a kick out of the new toy, since they can never stop losing classified information.
However, the phone is being developed primarily for private “companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security,” Bruce Olcott, counsel to Boeing, said in a letter to the FCC (click on the "Request for Confidentiality" cover letter).
“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,” Olcott continued.
Sounds pretty clandestine. That said, this article will self-destruct in five seconds…