After testing the iPhone for the field in an attempt to find the best smartphone for use by servicemen on the battlefield, the United States Army has a number of problems with the iPhone when it comes to use in warzones, and one of them seems to border on stamping the iPhone’s application with a 4F.
What was the condition that caused the Army to declare the iPhone to be a flatfooted wuss potentially unsuited for combat? The easily shattered glass front and back panels? Antenna attenuation issues? Nope: those things can be fixed with a case.
Here was the real problem: AT&T does not provide service in Iraq, Afghanistan or any other battle locale where the iPhone 4 was likely to be used. Heck, they couldn’t even get a signal in the New Mexico and Texas areas where the iPhone 4 was tested.
Despite these problems, the military is still planning on going ahead with “limited deployment” of the iPhone 4 in the field later this year, so that soldiers in the field can text GPS coordinates, send pictures of their surroundings, or file common reports directly from their phone. Hope they intend to stick to wars held within AT&T’s web of coverage.