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Boeing offers specialised mobile phone for secured communications

Published on Feb 27, 2014 9:53 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Boeing Co said on Wednesday it has begun offering a specialised mobile phone aimed at government agencies and contractors who need to keep communication and data secure.

The Boeing Black Smartphone is based on Google Inc's Android operating system and built into a black, tamper-proof handset capable of accessing multiple cell networks instead of a single network like a normal cellphone, according to Boeing and filings with the US Federal Communications Commission.

The secure phone marks an extension of the communications arm of the Chicago-based aerospace and defence contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes.

Though the phone is not yet commercially available, Boeing is talking to potential customers after 36 months spent developing the device, said Boeing spokesman Rebecca Yeamans."

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