I’ve never really thought about it before, but an aeroplane manufacturer getting into smartphones is actually pretty genius, particularly if you exclusively make dual-SIM devices. Well, that might actually be the case as a “Boeing Black” Android smartphone has shown up at the FCC to await approval. The device, made by Boeing, is apparently being designed for some pretty James Bond-sounding shenanigans. From the filing “The phone will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security”. Boeing has also made it clear in the filing that it won’t be divulging many, if any, details about the device to the public. If they did, they might, you know… have to kill you.
On a serious note though, purchasers of the phone do have to sign an agreement not to disclose any details about the hardware or software of the Boeing Black, which might seem like taking it too far, but this does ensure the security of the device and the networks it supports. What little we’re able to glean from the filing is that it does look like the device will have dual-SIM slots as well as the ability to support GSM, WCDMA and LTE networks, but apart from that, we might not ever know what’s inside the device.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Boeing making smartphones, but what would you think about Boeing going more mainstream with smartphone manufacturing? Would you be interesting in getting a device from an aircraft manufacturer? Let us know you opinion in the comments.