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  1. Lord Panos's Avatar
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    So I'm planning to go to the army next year but a friend told me they don't allow gadgets with camera there (go figure...). So is there a way to disable it? I'd prefer not to stick a knife and "kill" the camera.
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    There is no way to disable it in software that I know of, but it's unlikely they'll allow that anyway (too easy to re-enable it). It'll almost certainly take permanent disablement to pass inspection. Check with them to see if they have approved methods for permanent disablement - they may accept a blob of paint on the lens, or sandpapering the lens to the point where it won't take a picture, or something else besides going all oedipus on it.
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    wow sandpaper to your camera or a knife...... what a horror story!
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    duct tape would cause least amount of damage. Just put something soft in between the camera and tape itself to protect the lens.

    sandpaper and knife is kind drastic
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    well honestly the BEST way to do this with out KILLING your phone ( but its still gona wave your warranty)

    Open up the phone ( NOT WITH A KNIFE, lol , I know your jar heads are haha j/k)

    and remove the camera from the phone it self ( or the lends )

    duck tape is to easy to remove to then take a picture with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corepc View Post
    duct tape would cause least amount of damage. Just put something soft in between the camera and tape itself to protect the lens.

    sandpaper and knife is kind drastic
    Tape is easily removed. The sites I've worked at with no-camera policies would not allow any phone with a camera unless that camera had been permanently disabled by physical means. Removal of the lens, severe disfigurement of the lens, permanent epoxy on the lens and body, etc. I would be surprised if the Army's policy isn't at least that strong. In my case I was allowed to check in my smartphone and swap my SIM into a loaner dumbphone while I was on site.

    OP, if you want to take a smartphone and don't want to destroy your current phone then your best bet is to buy one of the camera-less smartphone. I don't think there are any WP7 devices like that but there are blackberry and android smartphones without cameras.
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    There will likely be camera-less Windows Phones later this year. MS recently removed the requirement to have one as its important for many businesses & governmental agencies.

    For now, you'll have to simply break or remove the camera it sounds like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mparker View Post
    OP, if you want to take a smartphone and don't want to destroy your current phone then your best bet is to buy one of the camera-less smartphone. I don't think there are any WP7 devices like that but there are blackberry and android smartphones without cameras.

    He could also buy a cheap older WP that he doesn't mind destroying the camera on. Something like a Focus, a Quantum, or a Surround can be had pretty cheap second-hand. Remove, destroy, or otherwise permanently disable the camera, swap your SIM into that when you go on base, and leave your primary phone safe and sound at home. When you get home, swap the SIM back.
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    Okay thanks all for the quick replys! I think i'll try Se1fcr3ation way first. Thanks again! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Panos View Post
    So I'm planning to go to the army next year but a friend told me they don't allow gadgets with camera there (go figure...). So is there a way to disable it? I'd prefer not to stick a knife and "kill" the camera.
    Go to the army? Cool!
    And you may change for another one without camera device. Or you may have to kill it.
    Last edited by ChristyWhite; 06-19-2012 at 05:42 AM.
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    Hopefully you do not have a front facing camera :blush:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Panos View Post
    So I'm planning to go to the army next year but a friend told me they don't allow gadgets with camera there (go figure...). So is there a way to disable it? I'd prefer not to stick a knife and "kill" the camera.
    I'm guessing your talking specifically about boot camp. First, you need to check with your recruiter and see if they will allow any type of electronic device. Now granted, the Army has changed alot since I was in, but when I went in, you didn't take anything but some misc. clothes and toiletries.

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