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Mobile phones 'give away locations of soldiers'

It’s just as well that they didn’t manage to install the magical CDMA mobile phone system that Qualcomm would have liked to see in Iraq; they’d have had to prevent their soldiers from using it. At least, that’s the logical deduction from new field orders. There are mobile phones that work in Iraq. They just have to be satellite based; there’s no standard cellphone network there – and as we reported recently when one was originally ordered, American military interests blocked the deal, because it would be useable for military purposes. But modern phone networks are increasingly clever at reporting the location of users. And the most popular satellite phone in Iraq, used by reporters, is the Thuraya phone – which includes exactly what Congressman Darrell Issa wants – a built-in GPS unit which pinpoints the user’s location exactly. Full Story

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