Disputed report says that U.K. Ministry of Defense picked the Apple iPhone 7 to handle secure calls

Disputed report says that U.K. Ministry of Defense picked the Apple iPhone 7 to handle secure calls
The U.K. Ministry of Defense has apparently decided to go with the Apple iPhone 7 over an Android powered handset to handle communications dealing with military secrets. British Telecom is reportedly working on enhancing the security of the iOS-flavored phone. Not only will members of the military be able to discuss top secret issues over the iPhone 7, they also will be able to store important data on the device as well through the use of storage containers. BT is also converting the iPhone 7 into what it calls a "dual persona" phone. That means that there are two different modes, "official" and "secret," depending on how sensitive a specific call is.

According to Steve Bunn, technical business manager for defense at BT, the Ministry of Defense originally started working on a dual-persona device using the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. But Bunn said that BT decided that the Android powered phablet was not secure enough to do the job, and switched to developing the iPhone 7 instead. Additionally, many inside the Defense Ministry already use the iPhone 7, which supposedly played a big part in the decision.

However, there seems to be some infighting at British Telecom. A spokesman for BT said that the U.K. Ministry of Defense is still testing other handsets for dual-persona capabilities, and disputed Bunn's comments about the lack of security found with the Galaxy Note 4.


As soon as we hear some definitive word from the U.K. Defense Ministry or British Telecom, we will pass it along to you.

source: TechRepublic via BGR

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15 Comments

1. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Of course he did. iPhones are more secure.

2. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Except from certain text messages ;)

4. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

When even the US media say 'Disputed' in the headline- it's 1000% fake news. Otherwise without 'Disputed', could be 99% fake news , and that's just normal. We've used to that.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, the misinformation this year for the iPhone is ridiculous, can't wait for the official numbers in a few days to see if all the propaganda paid off.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

iPhone7 vs. Note4... they pick iPhone7... Congrats...iPhone finally surpass 2 years old Note 4

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Fake news. No way, iPhone7 to be more secure than Note4 with Knox. See 4.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's your reasoning? Are you slow?

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

The iPhone 7 destroys the Note 4 in security even with Knox. Heck even the Pixel on 7.1.1 , some aspects of the security of the OS on 7.1.1 are literally years behind behind iOS 4 in some aspects to security. You don't know what your talking about truly so just stop please. Or if you decide to continue to live in ignorance, go ahead IDC lol Ending people's trollish nooby non tech lover comments on PA since 2011.

9. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Don't think they've picked anything yet. Read the whole article. So far it could all be hear say.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cmon.. give it a chance.. this poor thing may actually beat 2years old device :-/

13. mikehunta727 unregistered

It easily destroys the Note 4 in security and pretty much every single Android device in security at the moment. iOS is more secure then Android, always has been.. Even more secure then the Pixel due to TouchID/encryption in iOS that is years ahead literally over Android in some areas

7. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm more interested in, and want to hear more about this idea of a "dual persona" phone.

10. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Faaaaakee

12. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's good for them. But it tells me a lot to when the president of the US and past president uses a Samsung/android phone. I guess both win

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

Trump is currently using a unsecured Galaxy s3 stuck on a few past versions of Android. Talk about being a threat to our country times 5 lol..

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