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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,...
03-12-2014, 10:39 AM #1
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.
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.
Sources: KSL, Image via TUAW
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 03-12-2014 at 10:43 AM.
03-12-2014, 11:06 AM #2
It should probably be added to this article that the iPhone was in his front left pocket.
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03-12-2014, 11:40 AM #3
Wow..pretty awesome! If that were an Android, it would have gone right through the plastic front and back.
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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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