That's weird. I updated and didn't get Slacker. I feel left out of this forced advertisement.
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And Verizon is in it to make money. All apps should be uninstallable, yes, but then again the bootloaders shouldn't be locked, updates should be continuous as long as the hardware will support it in some form or another without having to root, and we shouldn't have to sign two year contracts to get subsidized phones. Or, at the very least, we shouldn't have to pay the same rates if we buy our phones outright for them to put on the network. But we do, they won't, and they are.
If anyone feels they need to complain to the FCC about this, they should feel free. It's still a free country.
I am pretty upset with Verizon on this one too. I have been trying to remove Slacker for awhile, it seems to seriously drain my battery. I have tried uninstalling it through the app market, that seems to work, then suddenly, it is back. I did not ask for this program, nor did I ask for Amazon. Who owns the phone? I remember buying it, who are they to force other software onto it. Remember the trouble Microsoft got into putting Internet Explorer on computers? I should be able to remove any piece of software that is not core. Slacker and Amazon are not core. The European version of newer Windows have an option for Internet Explorer, why can't we have an option for Slacker and such. I don't care to be viewed as a revenue stream.
I wish there was a way to require a password for App installs also, like the IPhone and Touch have. I don't need my kids, while playing a game on my phone, buying something in my name. But, that is a different rant.
This is why I rooted my phone in the first place early 2010 because I didn't like the fact that there were applications I couldn't get rid of. I really dislike how Android is doing this. I would like to ask if AT&T and the iPhone does the same with some apps?
Excerpt from VZW customer agreement. You (we all) agreed to this. Sucks, but not like they're doing anything outside the bounds of what we all sign up for. Not sure the FCC is the place to complain. I'd imagine this clause is in every wireless contract.
Vote with your wallet. But it's not like enough people will ever complain to make a real difference.
- http://www.verizonwireless.com/customer-agreement.shtmlMy Wireless Device
Your wireless device must comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations, be certified for use on our network, and be compatible with your Service. Please be aware that we may change your wireless device's software, applications or programming remotely, without notice.
Like the FCC is going to do ANYTHING about this other than laugh when they read it? For one thing, this is TOTALLY out of their jurisdiction. The FCC has absolutely no control over the software on ANY device outside of the drivers that control the radios (the FCC could theoretically step in if the driver was coded to cause the radio to transmit at a higher that legal power output, for instance).
Also, there is absolutely no law saying that a carrier cannot include value added software from a 3rd party company alongside their OS. I suppose one could try filing a lawsuit with the US District Court, but I don't think there would be ANY legal leg to stand on. Basically, the end result would likely be an answer such as "If you don't like Pandora, don't use the app"