Carriers In Singapore Are Selling The iPhone 4S With Its Cameras Removed

Carriers In Singapore Are Selling The iPhone 4S With Its Cameras Removed

Apple’s carrier partners in Singapore are removing the front- and rear-facing cameras from the Cupertino company’s latest iPhone 4S before selling it, according to a new report. The doctored devices are aimed at members of the military who are prohibited from taking cameras into their bases.

Carrier M1 briefly offered the camera-less iPhone 4S via its website earlier this week, according to MacRumors, but the devices are not sanctioned by Apple:

The camera-less phones are not, however, an officially-sanctioned product offered by Apple, as the carriers are simply removing the cameras from the standard devices before sale and charging a premium for the service.

The report also points out that by removing the cameras from the device, carriers are voiding Apple’s 12-month warranty. It’s possible, however, that they are offering warranties of their own to protect iPhone customers from defective devices..

The Jakarta Globe, which initially spotted the devices, reports that they must also be accompanied by a certificate from one of Singapore’s carriers to prove that the handset has been modified before they can be used by servicemen on base:

Following a year-long review, Mindef [the Singapore Defense Ministry] recently issued guidelines to its servicemen on the use of such smartphones.
It is understood that servicemen with these phones must show a certificate to prove that their handsets were modified by any one of the local telcos.

Last September, Mindef spokesman Desmond Tan told The Straits Times that Mindef and the SAF were ‘exploring ways to allow our personnel to use smartphones while maintaining our current security policy on disallowing personal image-capturing devices to be used on Mindef/SAF premises’.

While Singapore certainly isn’t the only country that suffers from restrictions on camera-equipped mobile devices, it’s the first we’ve heard of that’s modifying iPhones to get around them.

  • joewaylo

    They should have consulted Apple first. They might be willing to ablige them by making non-camera iPhones. It may take a little bit longer, but they’d make new face plates and remove the camera software and hardware.

    Many military installations however don’t even allow a cell phone in their installation or offices within. They have to leave it with security in a pouch that blocks all signals.

  • MacRat

    The US govt also requires that Apple remove cameras from MacBook Pros and iPhones.

    This is nothing new.

  • Amardeep Singh

    DA FUCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK !!!

  • LucarioWuff

    Note… in Singapore all males who are fit are required to serve the military for at least 2 years once they turn 18.. and devices with cameras are not allowed in there … hence why they’re making this move here

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