Anonymous, 02 Dec 2011Look, you buy a subsidized phone, you're going to have to take the crap the carriers put on th... moreMost people can only afford a subsidised handset so is it right to assume that you only want to track the lesser well off in society. Secondly, not all handsets are actually subsidised.
In the UK for example (as of today 02/12/11) you can go to the O2 website and buy it on pay as you go for £449.99. Alternatively it is being sold brand new and completely sim/carrier free at mobilefun.co.ukfor £429.95. On the same websites the Galaxy W is £299.99 from O2 or sim free again for only £269.95.
Obviously on a contract they can always make sure they get their money back through the contract length/cost and most contracts are now 18-24 months long!
The point though is that this tracking shouldn't be allowed at all. If I were emailing people with a keylogger trojan attached I'd find myself up in court in a flash.
We all know how twitchy and restless our governing bodies are when their private data gets shared (think Anonymous for example) and at the same time we have to accept it. Astonishing, yet sadly predictable.
This is another example of how supposed savings we allegedly make at the point of sale are immorally and ruthlessly exploited by big business, it really is as simple as that.
Here endeth the rant.
GSM Arena... U Guys r just Brilliant... Thanx for the Detailed Outlook on this... I was of te same feeling that they should have the courtsey to ask the users... Well, not we know to Flash our ROMs and get rid of it... Thanx a Million Man...
Looks Like Apple is more privacy friendly than any andtoid manufacturers!!and they have been scrutinized by the press all these time!!
fellas ,how the heck can they ask us before installing a software in the factory,how do they know who's going to buy what,plus the ciq is aimed at improving user experience,we should all be yaay about it.
They were only trying to protect themselves when they threathened to sue him. Good thing he wasn't and the carrier IQ company deserves to be sued harshly!!!
Look, you buy a subsidized phone, you're going to have to take the crap the carriers put on there. If you don't want to have Carrier IQ on your device, deal in unlocked devices. If the difference in cost isn't worth it for you, realize that crap like Carrier IQ are going to come with the territory.
As far as the devices are concerned, most Android phones FROM USA are running the Carrier IQ tracking software, especially those from HTC, Samsung and Motorola.
I am from Romania and i have an Android phone for a year now, and i've flashed at least 40 firmwares on it. Haven't seen CIQ in any of those.
Sounds like this carrier IQ is required by US operators and as Nokia does not sell any phones in US they haven't had it... Now that they plan to start to sell WP phones, doesn't it mean they need to support it as well ?
Untill a global law is introduced to ban ANY form of tracking/spying by companies this practice will continue