Mess With Boeing's New Smartphone And It Will Self-Destruct

Security and privacy are top priorities for Boeing's first smartphone.

February 27, 2014, 1:20 PM
PHOTO: Pictured is a Boeing Black smartphone.
Pictured is a Boeing Black smartphone.

Feb. 27, 2014— -- It looks thicker than most of the phones you see at Best Buy, but Boeing's first smartphone isn't meant to be used by the average person. The company that's known for its airplanes is joining the smartphone game with the Boeing Black, targeted at people that work in the security and defense industry.

One of its security features is self-destructing if it gets into the wrong hands, although not quite in the Mission Impossible sense.

According to the company's letter to the FCC, the phone will have screws with a tamper-proof coating, revealing if a person has tried to disassemble it. "Any attempt to disassemble the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable," writes Bruce Olcott, an attorney for Boeing.

"Our focus on security from the outset of the design process is what makes Boeing's secure mobile device unique," a spokesman for company told ABC News. "Our device was built on a foundation of embedded hardware and software security features to meet the customer requirements."

The Boeing Black also features add-ons that can be swapped in and out, depending on the user's preferences. Among them are an advanced sensor suite with better location and biometric recognition capabilities, as well as an extra battery pack with a solar charger.

But unless you're already in the defense industry, there's no chance at getting your hands on this phone. "The phone will only be made available to defense and security customers from Boeing," said the spokesman. However, the similarly-named Blackphone may be up your alley. That high-security phone was revealed earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. It was developed by a team of cryptographers and is currently available for preorder at $629.