Army wants to give out free smart phones to soldiers

Yeah, it's one of those things. You get your choice of an iPhone or an Android free and your monthly bill is paid. The catch: you have to fight in a war. But the plan being discussed among top military brass could involve lots of electronic devices - iPads, Kindles, Palm devices, anything that could help soldiers stay in better communication with one another. It's felt that having phones on the battlefield could help with strategy, intelligence sharing, and viewing and sharing video. Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, says they hope to make all this happen next year.

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