Apple iPhone 4S without a camera being offered in Singapore
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.
1. quakan (Posts: 990; 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
3. belovedson (Posts: 806; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
your pretty insensitive dude. have some respect for the soldiers
7. quakan (Posts: 990; 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.
10. belovedson (Posts: 806; 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
11. quakan (Posts: 990; 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.
19. MrNobodyWTB (Posts: 24; 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.
17. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 328; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
belovedson probably gave a thumb up on his own comment just like people on Facebook liking their own status.
21. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
And is it wrong to like your own status on facebook?
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.
9. quakan (Posts: 990; 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.
12. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
-_- Because Apple is retarded and won't do it.
13. quakan (Posts: 990; 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.
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...
2. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
for their military it's not allowed to have a camera.
14. sinple (Posts: 71; 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)
22. Tatperson (Posts: 57; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Post 14 isn't singlish. Its just badly spelled words. Wanna know what's Singlish? Look at post 20.
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
16. frydaexiii (Posts: 1132; 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...
24. tigermcm (Posts: 560; 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???
23. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
Don't forget to remove the front facing cam :P
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.