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Apple iPhone 4S without a camera being offered in Singapore

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A cameraless version of the Apple iPhone 4S

A cameraless version of the Apple iPhone 4S

The military in Singapore have a rule against its personnel owning smartphones with a camera. In fact, servicemen with smartphones must show a certificate that their device has been modified by one of the local carriers to prevent photographs from being taken. But to make things easier, Singapore's M1 has started offering a cameraless version of the Apple iPhone 4S.

Just to be sure, this is not an officially sanctioned Apple modification and the carrier is simply opening up the device and stripping out the camera. For that, the price is raised to a premium level and the warranty is voided. While some manufacturers offer versions of their phones without a camera (BlackBerry, especially), until Apple offers a version of its devices without a shooter, this is the only way that Singapore military members get to enjoy the iPhone 4S. And for the carriers, it is enough of a lucrative market to make it worth their while.

source: MacRumors

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posted on 15 Jan 2012, 13:57 11

1. quakan (Posts: 1078; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


wow that's dumb, i'd rather not have one if I'm going to have a gaping hole in the back where my camera should be

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 15:27 4

3. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


your pretty insensitive dude. have some respect for the soldiers

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:01 9

7. quakan (Posts: 1078; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


@Belovedson You're an idiot, there was not any disrespect stated towards soldiers. I'm saying that it would be smarter to get a phone that comes without a camera than getting an iPhone and getting the camera taken out then be left with an opening for the camera that is no longer there.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:05 1

10. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


it is disrespectful.. again you calling me an idiot is disrespectful.

if that's what you were trying to say why not say just that you ass.

if someone wants an iphone and is willing to pay a premium let them.

if you think for a second you would realize there aren't many premium phones that come without a camera. but then again the way you respond im sure you never thought about it

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:14 4

11. quakan (Posts: 1078; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I wasn't being an ass, I was explaining my reasoning to you. Imagine you're a soldier, which would you rather have: A Blackberry without camera or an iPhone with a hole for a non-existent camera.

P.S. I didn't call you an idiot to be disrespectful, I called you one because it was very fitting.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 20:03

19. MrNobodyWTB (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


While I agree with you otherwise, it is very possible that a person in the Singapore military would rather use an iPhone rather than a Blackberry.

I'm sure there would still be a clear cover over said hole. Also because of particular policies that bar cameras, I would believe the idea of not wanting to own a specific smartphone designed with having a camera in mind, fairly mute.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 19:53

17. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 352; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


belovedson probably gave a thumb up on his own comment just like people on Facebook liking their own status.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 23:00

21. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


And is it wrong to like your own status on facebook?

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 17:53 1

5. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


It's actually very brilliant. Governing bodies require that cell phones have no camera to protect sensitive information. RIM has gotten a very large chunk of business/money by following that model and making models with NO CAMERA. Put yourself in their shoes. Think it was dumb for them to take the camera out? Before you answer, think about the sums of money they have made.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:05 2

9. quakan (Posts: 1078; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


@LoneShaolin I am completely aware that it's only for the military. The point I was making was why go through the hassle of removing the camera and being left with a gaping hole when you could buy a phone that was manufactured without a camera.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:16 2

12. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


-_- Because Apple is retarded and won't do it.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:19

13. quakan (Posts: 1078; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


If it does happen, it won't be until the next iPhone is announced when they can release all versions of it at the same time.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 19:54

18. spencerlewis8 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Who says apple can't just make a different back glass back piece with out the camera hole...

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 14:31 2

2. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


for their military it's not allowed to have a camera.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 15:50 7

4. hello (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


i kind of want to see a picture

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 17:58 3

6. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I like what you did there

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:04 2

8. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


agreed

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:19 1

14. sinple (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


AFor those who think that this is dumb, plz think again. At the moment, the best non camera phone is most prob the 9900 or 9790 whcih does nt have much apps or games on it. Military service is a whole 2 years. I just did my national services 2 years back and the only phone available to me was a symbian e51 and g700 biz edition and walkmanphone w900. It was after a while then there is a htc snap and touch 2 which runs on windows 6.5. At the moment, excluding the iPhone, this is a rather lousy a lousy catalog of phones. Plus, not all place allowed the use of itouch and you cant bring devices with screen larger than 4.3 inch.(PSP's screen)

so if anyone wld be legally mod their iPhone, then I am sure that this would be a lucrative biz. Wld u rather a bb or a iPhone?( excluding those outdated symbian and windows phone)

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 19:12 3

15. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


I don't understand Singlish sir.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 01:59

22. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Post 14 isn't singlish. Its just badly spelled words. Wanna know what's Singlish? Look at post 20.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 20:47

20. nanozander (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lol do it the old school way. Get a cheap nokia phone for show at guard house then smuggle in ur iphone loh~ If not can bring PSP in oso =P

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 12:08 1

26. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Singlish?

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 07:57

27. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Yes. Singlish :)

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 19:42 3

16. frydaexiii (Posts: 1156; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


To all who think this is not a dumb idea, it is dumb... They're charging a premium price for a stripped down phone (than again, iPhones already cost a premium price) and a void warranty. And after NS, than what? You continue using that phone without a camera?

All these carriers had to do is take a regular iPhone and mod it with a back cover without the camera hole and perhaps a software mod that removes the camera app for extra assurance and the government should approve it, and after NS all they have to do is undo the camera app mod and reinstall the original back panel.

People who buy this either have too much money, or are seriously plain stupid. And to the other guy who said people are being disrespectful (yes, I don't give a crap enough to scroll up to see your name), you must be one of those who go to Android reviews the day Steve Jobs passed away and said stuff like "RIP Steve Jobs, you should have some respect." WHAT DOES SAYING REMOVING THE CAMERA ON AN IPHONE HAVE TO DO WITH DISRESPECTING? You're just posting that for the sake of posting...

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 02:58

24. tigermcm (Posts: 607; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


thats the point quaken was trying to make. how is it NOT dumb to pay more for a phone that no longer has warranty? Yet anyone who calls apple fanboys idiots get bashed???

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 02:45

23. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Don't forget to remove the front facing cam :P

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 07:09

25. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I go to a lot of federal buildings that dont allow camera phones and I wish I had a 4S with out a camera.

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