"Sprint has had a policy in place for the last couple of years as part of our device camera specification that requires our OEM partners to ensure that the shutter sound in the camera cannot be muted by the end user. This policy is in place for privacy reasons so that using the native camera creates a sound that would be noticeable to any subjects of a photograph, willing or unwilling. This policy is another example of Sprint™s ongoing commitment to privacy when it comes to mobile device usage. This specification does not have any bearing on 3rd party camera applications that a user may download and use outside of the native device camera."
That's absolutly absurd. How about my privacy as the owner of the phone? I can't take a picture of my pets without them getting startled by the noise. I can't take a sensual picture for my boyfriend without everyone knowing that I'm taking a picture in the bathroom. WHERE IS MY PRIVACY!?
Sprint is worried about the privacy of those who are probably not their customers while violating the privacy of their customers. Thank you for caring about your customers Privacy so much. I'll be looking into other carriers. This is the last straw.
How long has this policy been in place cause ive been a customer for about 2 to 3 years and have have about 3 phones (EVO 4G, EVO 3D 4G, iPhone 4S) which on all of them i was able to turn off the shutter sound. I have to agree it is a bit awkward when you have people staring at you whenever you take a picture. Then you have to explain why you can't shut it off. So Sprint I'm would like to request that y'all re-think that policy cause it sound like a load of malarky.
I think this is the worst policy ever. What about my rights as a phone user. When I called Samsung, they had told me that it is only Sprint who has this requirement. I have tried the 3rd party apps and I am just not happy with any of them. I have been a Sprint customer for almost 10 years and this is the first time I am sorry that I renewed my contract. I hope they change this soon and do an update on the phone to allow us to turn off the sound, or I will be switching after my contract is up.
Are you kidding me? I specifically bought this phone because I'd heard it had such an awesome camera and intended to replace my digital camera with it. I work in Marketing and must often take photos of our products, etc. for use in marketing materials, but my co-workers are all complaining about the distracting noise. My boss has told me I can no longer use it. What a waste of $200!
If the many laws that have been floated about through Congress over the last few years are any indication. This may end up being a federal requirement. Many members of Congress have shown that they want to add this requirement to protect people's privacy. The same exact reasons that Sprint has this policy, primarily to prevent voyeurs from using phone cameras with silent shutters to take pictures of people without their consent.
The idea that I need to download a seperate app to take pictures at churches, weddings and other ceremonies significantly decreases the value of the phone and does nothing to protect the privacy of anyone. You really don't need to worry about 'casual' photographers and cripple everyone's product. Profiessional voyers will simply download a quiet camera app or root their phone. This "policy" is completely misguided and futile.
Heh. Reminds of when camera phones were not allowed in the locker rooms at 24 hour fitness. What happened to those?
There are already voyerism laws, so let's focus on those. Searching on Google Play for "Silent Camera" returns over 2 pages of results. Although some are of dubious quality or might come with mallware.
SPRINT, for the love of God, come up with an update soon that offers the choice to disable the camera shutter sound, and catch up with normal thinking that most other carriers of smartphones have. Get rid of those with much time on their hands who make silly decisions with effects that are obviously not well received. I have not desire to seek out exotic solutions to the shutter noise problem that shouldn't be there in the first place. Get lawyers who aren't afraid of their own shadows, and tech administrators who aren't so intimidated of them. I am disturbed by the thinking that created this Sprint choice!