Update #2: On further thought, I've decided to not drill a hole in either camera. I'm going to leave the phone in the car and forward calls to my office phone. Thanks for all the help. Update: Security says I cannot remove the camera and be compliant, I have to leave it in, drill out the lens and fill the lens hole with epoxy. I know this sounds silly, but it's what I have to do to avoid security's wrath. So the question becomes: "Will having a physically damaged camera keep my phone from loading or just error camera-related apps?" My original question: if I get a Note 2 and successfully remove the cameras (front and back) without damaging anything, will the phone still work/boot? i.e. - Does the phone or Jelly Bean OS version require a camera installed to work? iResQ will remove the cameras from a Galaxy S3 which leads me to think the Note 2 should work as well, but I want to get some feedback on the idea before I drop the money on the phone and void the warranty. I know the Note 2 has a few features that the S3 does note that use the front camera (smart stay and the like) and I'm wondering if disabling those features will satisfy the error gods. Background: I cannot have a phone with a camera at work; however, I'm extremely dissatisfied with the cameraless BB options and lack of real cameraless smartphone. The wife and I are switching to Verizon and will get new phones in the process. I don't want to get 10-year-old BB Bold technology again, so I'm thinking of getting a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (the phone my wife wants -- for ease of spousal tech support)) and removing the camera myself. I watched some GN2 teardown youtube videos that show how to do it, and I'm feeling gutsy. Any help (even general Android responses) would be appreciated.