The smartphone project has been hush-hush for over a year now with Boeing keeping everything under wraps. The smartphone is designed for spies and high-security individuals.
Gizmodo reported that in an earnings call on Dec. 19, BlackBerry John Chen stated that "Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say." Boeing now has some information about the specifics of the project on its website.
According to Boeing's website, the Boeing Black smartphone was designed with security and modularity in mind to ensure that customers can use the same smartphone across a range of missions and configurations. Through embedded hardware security features, software policy configurability and physical modularity, Boeing Black says it is giving customers a trusted, more flexible and productive solution.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Service, or BES 12, will allow clients to manage and secure not just BlackBerry devices on internal networks, but those that run on rival operating systems such as Google's Android and Apple's iOS.The Boeing phone uses dual SIM cards to enable it to access multiple cell networks and can be configured to connect with biometric sensors and satellites. Boeing has begun offering the phone to potential customers.
Reuters reported that BlackBerry, a struggling company over the past few years, had some luck with more clandestine clients. Last year, it announced its biggest single order ever when it sold one million units to an unnamed partner.There has been some interest in this type of smartphone by the U.S. military.