This comes as a surprise folks ‘coz while most of us are looking for a smartphone equipped with a powerful camera, for Singaporean customers – it’s not always the case. A Singapore-based telco M1 is now selling a camera-free iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices, basically in compliance with Singapore’s Ministry of Defense (Mindef). You probably would wonder why M1 is selling such modified iPhones, but according to CNET — it’s because the Singaporean government doesn’t allow its soldiers to carry handsets with cameras.
Such iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S didn’t come from Apple camera-free out of the box, but rather have been modified by a third-party company. Needless to say, modification of the handsets by removing both front and rear camera modules will void Apple’s warranty. This means that customers buying the modified iPhones would have to bear all the risks from the service, although there’s an option to purchase a separate 1-year warranty from third-party vendor as well.
The camera-free iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will cost S$49 more at M1 on top of the original prices (already bundled with the same iPhone Value Plan) and if buyers opt to add the optional 1-year warranty, it will cost an additional S$321.
According to the report, SingTel and StarHub are also in talks with Mindef to offer non-camera iPhones. [via]