The US Army wants to arm soldiers with smartphones

The US Army wants to arm soldiers with smartphones
Smartphones have done wonders in the consumer world as the nifty devices have proven to be a versatile companion for those who are constantly on the move – not to mention that they make our lives easier.

However, the US Army is also eying the wonders that smartphones have to offer as they're fancying the idea of arming soldiers with them. In fact, they want to provide either an iPhone or Android powered device to every soldier – plus paying their monthly service. That's not too shabby for soldiers seeing that these smartphones can do a lot of good for them. Furthermore, the US Army believes that they will prove to be invaluable in the battlefield because of their ability to display maps, translate languages, and will even allow soldiers to use them as an alternative communication solution. And thinking outside of the box, it can also be used to gather intelligence data via biometric data from enemies in the battlefield.

Right now, the distribution is limited to soldiers in specialized training programs – with the intentions of commencing field tests some time in February. Now if things become a success with this pilot roll out, we can potentially see it become a standard as early as next year.

via Gizmodo

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9 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

except battery life and security its a good idea to use a millitary device on a millitary network

2. Motosurf unregistered

Defy of coz.... its made for this!

3. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Sweet, I joining soon and that would be sweeeet to have a free phone and free service! They better choose Androids!!!

4. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Yeah what could go wrong by slapping a homing device on every solider?

5. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

They are desperate on their recruitment quota. Recruitment is at an all time low. They are always preying on young potentials to sign up. Especially of poorer, ethnic areas of recruitment zones.... How else to benefit but to offer the most coveted items the individual cannot otherwise afford? Btw, you must sign a three year government military contract to get the subsidized phones. On a side note.... If the military is out in the field distracted playing angry birds, I smell a major disaster.... I would say this whole idea is exactly what the "enemy" has planned for all along.

6. keroro unregistered

more news for WIKILEAKS. LOL :))

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Lock the app store/android market and block safari/web browser, load it with US military homebrew apps like a google maps that doesn't require a data connection because it's all loaded on the device. A translation app with the that's completely on board as well and only load it with apps approved for it and that problem is solved. As for battery use cases that are extremely rugged and have external batteries. Sorta like the iPod touch cases that apple store employees use. Size and aesthetics wouldn't be an issue so commission the otter or whatever the company is to make a case with a 4500mah battery. It would be nigh indestructible and about 4x's thicker. But still highly portable. And very useful.

8. hyperion unregistered

@messiah your misinformed and just wrong. I am a detailed recruiter and recruiting is at an all time high! We DO NOT focus in poor urban areas because they usually have too many law violations and/or aren't smart enough to pass the entrance test. Get your facts straight.

9. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Your stats your ass, What's the difference? Recruit tree Planters instead of soldiers. Thinking green does not imply camouflage. Btw.. a lot of recruitment comes out of Florida..... the ballot genius capital of America. .... sorry you were saying something about not being smart enough to pass the entrance test? Learn to use a hole punch before an assault weapon. Follow directions before flowing orders to blindly take lives. But you must be glad apparently you are getting a free phone from the deal.

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