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IDF's New Cellphones: Smarter and Safer

On Wednesday, the IDF will migrate its entire cellular network to Cellcom. Phone data will be secure.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/31/2012, 5:05 PM

Soldier on phone (file)
Soldier on phone (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The IDF will begin to implement a mammoth technological project Wednesday, as its entire cellphone network is migrated from the current provider, Mirs/Motorola, to Cellcom.

The process will take several months.

The IDF Website reports that IDF officers and other eligible soldiers will begin receiving their new phones at eight allocation centers located throughout Israel, from the Shimshon Base near Golani Junction in the north, to Natan Base in Be'er Sheva.

A security system will be embedded in the phones in order to protect the data stored upon them. In addition, it will not be possible to transfer the SIM card from one phone to another.

The IDF's phones will all be smartphones with advanced technological abilities. Higher ranked officers will be eligible for more advanced models and further upgrades will require additional payment.