Boeing has made a household name for itself as an airplane manufacturer — chances are you flew on either an Airbus or a Boeing jet the last time you took to the skies — but the company is also well known in the defense, space and security industries. President Roger Krone said Thursday that Boeing is currently working on building a secure Android smartphone that could be deployed by government agencies or other firms in need or airtight mobile security. The “Boeing phone,” as it’s currently being dubbed, will run on wireless networks and will launch later this year, Krone explained.
“We are going to drive down towards a lower price point, but … not mass-market price point,” Brian Palmer, vice president of Boeing’s secure infrastructure department said, according to National Defense Magazine. “We believe that there is significant interest in the defense side as well as the intelligence side and in the commercial world as well.” And if you thought your last phone was expensive, get this: Palma explained that competitors typically charge $15,000 to $20,000 per encrypted smartphone. It’s unclear how much Boeing will charge per phone, or what the branding will be, but it is apparent the Boeing phone will be a bit more expensive than the typical government-issued BlackBerry.
Krone explained that Boeing chose the Android platform because he wanted his company’s customers to have the option to run any application they want while enjoying the top-notch mobile security.