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One of Apple's flagship devices, the iPhone, has saved the life of a U.S. soldier while in Afghanistan, as KSL reports. The device, which was sitting in the solider's pocket,
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    Default iPhone Helps Save U.S. Soldier's Life From a Suicide Bomb, Gets Free Replacement


    One of Apple's flagship devices, the iPhone, has saved the life of a U.S. soldier while in Afghanistan, as KSL reports. The device, which was sitting in the solider's pocket, protected him from some of the flying shrapnel from a suicide bomb only a few feet away from him:

    “They did tell him when he got back to base that that iPhone probably saved his life,” said Frank’s sister, Alisha Lantz.
    Above, you can see a picture of what's left of the iPhone after having been hit by the shrapnel that could have hit Staff Sgt. Shaun Frank's body. The explosion from the bomb sent a bunch of metal ball bearings flying through the air, and this iPhone just happened to be in the right place at the right time to slow some of the metal ball bearings down in their tracks. The iPhone no longer functions.

    Several other pieces of shrapnel hit the soldier in other parts of his body, such as his hands, arms, and legs.

    The solider needed a new iPhone and contacted Apple for help. The company said he could send in his iPhone for a replacement. Obviously, with this iPhone having saved his life, he wanted to hold onto it:

    When Frank sent it to Apple to see if the damage was covered under his insurance, Apple had an unusual response.

    “They basically drew the line and gave us a choice,” Lantz said.

    The company said he could either keep the damaged phone or get a new one, but not both.

    “Beause the old phone meant so much to him, we chose to get the old phone,” Lantz explained.
    Apple appears to have changed their mind three months after the incident and is allowing the solider to keep the damaged iPhone that saved his life, as well as receive a new fully-working unit at no cost.

    Sources: KSL, Image via TUAW
    Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 03-12-2014 at 10:43 AM.

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    It should probably be added to this article that the iPhone was in his front left pocket.

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    Wow..pretty awesome! If that were an Android, it would have gone right through the plastic front and back.

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    Amazing story.

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    KiNda sad that it took Apple three months to say ok you can keep a phone that they will just throw away anyways. Seems like they only did it to save face...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneymikey View Post
    KiNda sad that it took Apple three months to say ok you can keep a phone that they will just throw away anyways. Seems like they only did it to save face...
    It's probably against the general policy, and the story just took some time to work its way up to someone who could bend the rules to make an exception in this incredible case. It's not every day something like this happens, and it's kind of hard to contact one of the Apple executives directly and immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
    It's probably against the general policy, and the story just took some time to work its way up to someone who could bend the rules to make an exception in this incredible case. It's not every day something like this happens, and it's kind of hard to contact one of the Apple executives directly and immediately.
    Very true

    Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
    It should probably be added to this article that the iPhone was in his front left pocket.
    Also very true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneymikey View Post
    KiNda sad that it took Apple three months to say ok you can keep a phone that they will just throw away anyways. Seems like they only did it to save face...
    Why is it that you need to find fault in something, even when something nice has happened?
    Last edited by Perceptum; 03-12-2014 at 03:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
    It's probably against the general policy, and the story just took some time to work its way up to someone who could bend the rules to make an exception in this incredible case. It's not every day something like this happens, and it's kind of hard to contact one of the Apple executives directly and immediately.
    True. I can't imagine all the stories they get from irate customers saying my phone is damaged send me a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Wow..pretty awesome! If that were an Android, it would have gone right through the plastic front and back.
    To be fair, if it was an HTC it would have probably still worked afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneymikey View Post
    KiNda sad that it took Apple three months to say ok you can keep a phone that they will just throw away anyways. Seems like they only did it to save face...
    Why do you say this? Maybe Apple wanted to use it in an ad "iphone can save a life" or something. It may have taken too long at 3 months to respond. You try being in a hospital and then rehab 3 months without a working phone, Apple sucked here, should of done it 10 weeks sooner

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    Quote Originally Posted by zygersaf View Post
    To be fair, if it was an HTC it would have probably still worked afterwards.
    Not likely, although it may have offered similar protection, assuming it was an HTC One.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claustin View Post
    Not likely, although it may have offered similar protection, assuming it was an HTC One.
    Only if it had a lifeproof case lol. (sarcasm) !

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