Spy thriller fans rejoice, as the self-destructing phone is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Blackberry has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Boeing to create a self-destructing phone that is super-secure and can be used for many sensitive operations. The smartphone will be designed for users in the defense and security communities and will include a self-destruct option for those who find themselves in impossible situations where the information on their smartphone may be compromised. A BlackBerry spokeswoman confirmed the collaboration in a statement emailed to PCMag.
Dubbed the Boeing Black smartphone, the high-security Android-based smartphone will use the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES 12), introduced in November and considered to be one of the most secure servers in the world. The BES 12 server currently manages mobile devices running BlackBerry, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone software. There are no serviceable parts inside the device and any attempt to break open the device would trigger its self-destruct sequence, which would render the gadget inoperable while deleting all saved data and software.
The new Boeing Black phone will be 4.3 inches and weigh 170 grams, be Bluetooth compatible, and have expansion ports for a micro USB, PDMI (portable digital media interface), or a modular 24-pin connector. The phone will also utilize Boeing’s patented PureSecure technology to protect the phone, its data, and the transmission of information. Pricing for the phone has not yet been revealed and there is no word yet on when the phone will become available.
Boeing originally filed paperwork for the device with the appropriate authorities back in February of this year. However, its phone will not be the first secure smartphone to hit the market. A joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone created and released the Blackphone earlier this year. The Blackphone is advertised as having a “Fort Knox-like” level of data security and comes with a $629 price tag.