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 modification also voids Apple’s warranty on the device. But the Carrier will provide warranty, I guess.
You know the irony in the whole thing? When Apple launched this phone Last year they STRESSED on how awesome the camera is and they are making this phone camera-less.
The Jakarta Globe reports that Apple’s three carrier partners in Singapore are making plans to offer iPhone 4S models lacking cameras, with the move said to be targeting members of the military who are prohibited from bringing camera-equipped phones onto their bases. Carrier M1 even briefly offered camera-less models on its website earlier this week.
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’.
Singapore Military is not the only organization where Camera phones are banned, I have Audited many firms back in my times and firm had many clients where camera phones are banned so if there are Smartphone/ iPhone fan they sadly had to settle for a iPod or a old Camera less blackberry/ low end phone during the work hours. So an iPhone with no camera is actually a choice worth considering.