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Secret secure dual-sim Boeing Black Android smartphone hits FCC

Posted at 26 February 2014 12:19 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

A secret secure smartphone developed by Boeing has been listed at the FCC website.  According to the filing the Boeing Black (H8V-BLK1) is primarily designed for secure communication between governmental agencies and their contractors.

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Boeing already confirmed it was working on a secure Android smartphone last year, but no other details emerged. The FCC filing reveals how Boeing tries to keep details on the phone as secret as possible.  However it’s clear that the dual-sim phone supports GSM, WCDMA and LTE  using micro SIM cards. It will also have a HDMI port, USB , Wifi and Bluetooth.

In the filing Boeing writes, “the 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.”

Purchasers of the phone also need to sign a Purchase Agreement, which as Boeing writes in the filing,  “specifically designates and protects as “proprietary information” the components, hardware, Product Software, applications, functionalities, or internal structure or workings of the Product provided by Seller, including without limitation those that can be obtained by disassembling or opening the Product or its software or components.”

The Purchase Agreement also states, “There are no serviceable parts on Boeing’s Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product. 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.”

And if that’s not enough, it seems to pretty much self destruct if you try to open it,  as Boeing writes, “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.”

All fine and dandy, but we’re wondering, does it have a flight mode?

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