Need an iPhone-like phone without a camera for when at work!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AML225, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. AML225 macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010

    The company I am about to start working for does not allow camera phones on the complex. I'm an AT&T user and I need a phone that doesn't have a camera so I can switch my SIM card into that phone while I'm at work and switch back to my iPhone the rest of the time. The alternative would be to get another iPhone (or any phone) and break the camera infront of security but I'd prefer not to do this for warranty reasons. Are there any smart phones without cameras that are compatible with my iPhone service plan? Ideally I'll just pick up the iPhone 5 this summer and break the camera in my iPhone 4 for when I'm at work, but that might be the most expensive option since I'm not due for an upgrade.

    I appreciate any suggestions, thanks!
  2. super tomtendo, Feb 21, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 21, 2011

    super tomtendo macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009
  3. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Don't think you'll find anything like that. Cameras are pretty much standard now on all smartphones and even most dumb phones have a camera on them. To find a phone without a camera you'd probably have to hit eBay or something and find something super old.
  4. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    You could just get a cheap 2G iPhone and black out the camera with a sharpie or whiteout.
  5. AML225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    haha it's for security reasons!
  6. AML225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    I wish someone would make a custom backplate for the iPhone 4 that covered the camera. Who manufactures backplates for the iP4 maybe I can get into contact with them?
  7. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    It will be very, very difficult to find another AT&T phone that meets your needs. The biggest reason is the iPhone 4 uses a micro-SIM card instead of the standard SIM, so there are very few phones you can swap the iPhone SIM into.

    Also, very very few smartphones with data plans have no camera nowadays. My friend works at a similar place, and he just leaves his phone in the car while at work.

    My best recommendation would be to go to an AT&T corporate store and ask. They may have a Blackberry or something without a camera. Still don't know about the SIM issue though.
  8. chris975d macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2008
    Georgia, USA

    Just buy a micro SIM adapter. I have one (actually, about 5) that I keep in my other phones, and just pop the iPhone 4's SIM into the adapter when using one of my non microSIM using phones. I think I bought 10 for $10 (sold all but 5).
  9. Gavernty macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    #9 offers a service where they remove the camera from your phone
  10. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    No a cheap solution, but what about getting another iPhone 4, or actually a 3GS and removing the camera? No sharpie, getting the camera out of the phone.
  11. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Oh, cool! Didn't know those existed.
  12. biohead macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    West Drayton, UK
  13. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I think you'll find that this is standard procedure with most defense contracting companies as well as secure government agencies or any agency dealing with sensitive information or matters of national security.

    Communist indeed...
  14. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Have you looked at the policy in detail? For example, does it actually ban camera phones themselves or just prohibit photography? As silly as it sounds, at one place we were able to achieve compliance by putting a piece of tape over the camera. Also, keep an eye out for someone with a camera phone and ask how they were exempted from the policy.
  15. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Your employer is well with in it rights to demand you not have a camera on your phone and can and will, fire you if you are caught! These cases have already be found in court and the employer won!:p
  16. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I'd probably just get a 3GS, have iResQ remove the camera, pick up a MicroSIM adapter and keep your iP4 intact.

    ...and I'll save "the smartest guy in the world" some trouble and say that if you're handy, I'm sure you could probably remove the camera yourself.
  17. akkkmed macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    I know it's much different than an iPhone, but some BlackBerry models came/still come without cameras. I'm not sure about AT&T, but on Verizon, the Bold, Tour, Curve 8830 all came in non-camera models. Even though it's not an iPhone, at lease you'll have your email and such on hand.
  18. mike5411 macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    You should check your workplace's policy about removing the camera. It may still not be allowed since from their perspective you could always put it back in and take pictures. Everyone knows the iphone has a camera and would be suspicious. Is it worth your job just to have an iphone at work?
  19. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Banking and finance industry is pretty similar.
    They allow camera phones in the general office areas where I work, but camera phones are off limits if you work in the data center.
    They will take it away from you when you pass through the screening area and return it to you when you're ready to leave.

    Security will send you home for the day if you get caught with one inside.
    If they find any pics of the data center (interior) on your phone, it's bye-bye to your job.

    Communist... nope. Just protecting customers info. They don't feel like getting sued for data loss. Never mind the bad rep for losing it in the first place.
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    1.) i would talk to security and get an email saying that blacking out the cameras is good enough

    2.) if 1.) doesn't work I would ask security if you buy a 3GS for $100-200 and physically remove the camera if that is good enough. again make sure you have an email of their ok.

    3.) if 1.) and 2.) are a no go just buy a dumb phone and switch cards every day

    4.) go blackberry without camera

    check what the people with company sponsored smartphones use. we in theory are not allowed to have camera phones but since everyone has company paid blackberry's with cameras the ploicy is not enforced at all making it safe to bring your phone in.
  21. AML225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Here's the policy:

    I completely forgot about the iPhone 4's front facing camera so that's out of the question. I also forgot about the microsim but if need be I'll just buy an adapter.
  22. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    Or you could always use Google Voice and route incoming calls to a burner (with no camera) during normal business hours.
  23. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    are you sure you're even allowed to post that policy in a public forum? most of the time company documents are for internal use only and are not suppose to be made public in this way.

    either way, a sharpie i suppose could work, but why go through teh trouble of busting up an iphone or another smartphone, you're at work, you shouldn't be on your personal cell phone anyways, except for the occasional emergency phone call. just get a regular phone for that and swap your sim if you want a smart phone for when not at work. why waste money on a phone that you won't be using features of anyways
  24. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    According to their website, iResQ can remove both cameras from an iP4.

Share This Page