NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Besides announcing a new Classic smartphone, BlackBerry (BBRY) says it's focused on selling secure communications as the company embarks on a revamped business strategy that may represent its best route for survival.
The company now has deals with Boeing (BA) and Samsung (SSNLF) to integrate its BlackBerry Enterprise Service into a number of new products. BES 12 is designed to allow corporations and government agencies to manage and secure BlackBerry devices on internal networks as well as smartphones and tablets that run on Google's (GOOGL) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS platforms.
BlackBerry shares are up nearly 4% to $10.37 on Monday, up over 39% for the year to date.
According to CEO John Chen, BlackBerry is working with aerospace and defense contractor Boeing to help develop a super-secure Android smartphone that can self-destruct if there is tampering.
The handset, called Boeing Black, was formally announced two years ago but actual plans for the device weren't filed with the FCC until earlier this year. The smartphone has been redesigned to encrypt voice calls and is aimed at government agencies and other entities that require secure voice and data communications.
The phone itself is sealed closed. Any attempts at opening or tampering with the hardware will trigger the device to erase all information contained inside. Boeing plans a number of snap-on expansion back panels to add features such as dual-SIM cards for accessing multiple network access, satellite modems, fingerprint recognition controls and extended-range power packs.