Singapore Carriers to Offer Camera-Less iPhone 4S Handsets

Apple’s iPhone certainly one of its best products it has ever produced. iPhone made its debut back in 2007 and since then, it has been enjoying the status of being the best smartphone all over the world. The graph of its popularity is rising year-over-year. Apple’s latest iPhone 4S is currently available in over 70 countries through more than 100 operators.

It is recently reported by the Jakarta Globe that Apple’s three carrier partners in Singapore are planning to present iPhone 4S handsets without camera. The handsets without camera are set to target the military personals who are not allowed to take camera-equipped phones onto their bases. Earlier last week, Carrier M1 offered camera-less iPhone 4S handsets on its website for short period of time.

However, the camera-less handsets are, in fact, not officially an authorized product offered by Apple for the fact that the carriers are simply removing the cameras from the standard devices before sale and charging a premium for the service. The removing of camera also voids Apple’s warranty on the device.

Based on year-long review, Mindef [the Singapore Defense Ministry] recently released a list of guidelines to its servicemen on the use of such smartphones.

The Ministry has strictly directed its servicemen to show a certificate in order to prove that their handsets were modified by the registered local telcos.

Desmond Tan, Mindef spokesperson told The Straits Times back in September that both Mindef and 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.”

This practice isn’t just limited to Singapore alone; there are many other countries where other governments and private companies place restrictions on camera-enabled devices, particularly in sensitive locations. However, what we have seen in Singapore is much more controlled and official than anywhere else.

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