Little is known about the phone. But it's likely to be the same or similar to the model President Obama had during his final years in office.
Last year, Obama was given a new phone to replace his aging but heavily restricted BlackBerry. But his new unnamed "state-of-the-art" smartphone was almost featureless, without the ability to take photos, play music, or send text messages -- all of which were barred by the president's security team.
It's not known if the president-elect will be able to tweet from the device -- something he has said he will continue to do when he takes office.
For the Secret Service and Trump's staff alike, the move was a win-win -- even if Trump himself may not have been thrilled by it.
"The official rationale was security," said the Times report. "But some of Mr. Trump's new aides, who have often been blindsided when a reporter, outside adviser or officeseeker dialed the president-elect directly, expressed relief."
That may be one security problem resolved, but there's more to go -- not least his Twitter account.
A report by BuzzFeed News called Trump's Twitter account a "security disaster waiting to happen." With shy of 21 million followers, the president-elect's Twitter account has "no known special security protections," which if exploited, could lead to financial gain or geopolitical instability.