BlackBerry Ltd, Boeing Co collaborating on “James Bond” style self-destructing phone

Boeing's Black smartphone

Boeing’s Black smartphone


“We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES12 platform,” said John Chen, chairman and chief executive officer of BlackBerry, during an earnings call Friday. He added, “That by the way is all they allow me to say.”


The Boeing Black smartphone, an attempt at making Android secure enough for the United States DOD requirements, will utilize BlackBerry’s BES12 to secure the device on corporate or military networks, allowing network administrators to control access.


“Boeing has decades of experience providing defense and security customers with secure communications,” said Adam Lee, a Boeing spokesperson. “We are working with BlackBerry to help them ensure the BES12 operating system is compatible with, and optimized for use by, the ultra-secure mobile devices favoured by the defense and security community.”


The device is manufactured with epoxy around its casing and screws, as well as a tamper-proof covering over the screw-heads “to identify attempted disassembly,” Bruce Olcott, outside counsel to Boeing, said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission dated Feb. 24th, requesting that confidential design details be kept under wraps.

“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,” Mr. Olcott wrote.