Singapore carriers set to launch an iPhone 4S without cameras

According to a report by the Jakarta Globe, the iPhone 4S will soon be available in Singapore without a front or rear facing camera. One small carrier in Singapore even went live with a web page displaying pricing for a version of the iPhone 4S with no camera; it was later taken down. Whilst it was live, it showed a 64GB version of the iPhone 4S with no camera going for $900. It is thought that these models of iPhone are being made available for those in the armed forces where smartphones with cameras are banned from army camps.

Currently, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen are allowed to take only no-camera smartphones into camp. Because of this, many own two phones - one for use in the camp and another outside.Those with no-camera smartphones are able to tap into the Wi-Fi networks, now covering more camps, to surf the Internet.

It is also believed that local Singapore businesses are already offering to remove cameras from smartphones for around $200. Obviously taking this route would invalidate a devices warranty and it is not approved by the relevant Singapore authorities.

Source: Jakarta Globe

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Miguel says:

I thought the blog was called tipb.com??? When was it changed to imore.com?

Yourmom says:

Couple days ago. Just go back like 30 posts. Lol.

Sn0wMan says:

WOW!!! So glad i live America lol

Jer says:

It has nothing to do with America or Singapore.
You won't be able to have a phone with a camera in a US military camp either.

Exwindz says:

It's a good idea, tecnology these days does put military places at risk because of cameras. Suprised they did it though.

DARK_BLU says:

Without cameras for $900?? LOL!!!!!!!

Bistro says:

That $900 Singapore dollars. That's about US$695. Same price as with camera no?

Randy M. says:

Blackberry has been doing that for years in the states. Some places here require that as well. I'm surprised it isn't offered here.

Haha says:

It has been common practice in Singapore. Many brands have non-camera versions long long time ago.. But usually their price is cheaper than the camera version.

Steve Sperra says:

True, but Apple gains economies of scale by making the same devices with only changes in storage; however, to make a camera-less one means a separate assembly line and parts, and it would be relatively small run, so their costs go up. That's the theory, or perhaps just knowing they're selling to a 'captive' market is enough.

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