from the making-things-encrypted dept.
XMLGuy writes "The first German crypto mobile phone is to be built by Rohde and Schwarz - a company that took over the hardware-crypto segment of Siemens at the beginning of May this year. At the push of a button the mobile phone (they are called "handies" here in Germany) will set up an encrypted communications link with your communications partner.
According to heise online, the mobiles then use a 128 bit key to encrypt the channel. One of the technicians is quoted as saying that "A thousand pentium computers would need over 10 years to decrypt a 10 minute phone-call". The mobiles will cost around 6000 German Marks.
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