What's worse is that BlackBerry has historically been complicit in this. Take any stock, factory unlocked (from ShopBlackBerry for example) BlackBerry 10 device. Set it up without a SIM card. Now power down, install the SIM, and reboot. Watch as the device automatically loads the carrier bloatware with no way for you to remove it.
As someone who traveled to many countries with the Q10, Z30, and later Passport, this was very annoying. I had carrier bloatware apps from AT&T, Claro, Movistar, T-Mobile, whatever the service is in Haiti, that could not be removed.
NoWay, 19 Aug 2017Who said anything about storage?...This is about annoying american carriersSorry if my English is not clear enough, which part of it did you not get? the "HISTORICAL reason" ?
That's Blackberry privacy for you.
AnonD-558092, 18 Aug 2017Why carriers still waste money on bloat like this? Geez, make it available for download on the... moreI agree that bloat is generally a pest!
There is a HISTORICAL reason for it though, as 'burning' it in ROM on delivery freed up precious storage space on early smartphones. But today with quite large storage and frequent updates that will be going to storage anyway, this explanation no longer makes sense.
I do understand that they want to preload their junk, BUT it should be done in storage so it can be completely uninstalled, not only 'disabled'.
Also remember that even though it sounds as complete nonsense since android 5 (if I remember right) a disabled app might still be running(!?!?!) or even restarted after it has been stopped(!), you need to disable AND stop and app. And even need to check from time to time that it is has not been started again - especially after boot or updates. I have seen this several times on my BB Priv.
Why carriers still waste money on bloat like this? Geez, make it available for download on the Play Store and notify your users ONCE that your apps are here on the Play Store aand up for download if you want. Or better, stop it already!