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    Verizon Clarifies Their Policy on Locked Bootloaders in a Letter to the FCC


    In a response to a formal complaint filed with the FCC, Verizon has shed some light on how they view locked bootloaders. The letter states that unlocked bootloaders would allow users to run software that could "negatively impact how the phone connects to the network" and "the wireless experience for other customers". Verizon stated that this is to "ensure that we provide the best solution for as many customers as possible" and that it's "a delicate balance for any company to manage the technology choices we make for our branded devices and the request of a few who may want a different experience".

    What do you think of Verizon's stance on locked bootloaders? Let us know what you think.

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    Grasping at straws...I have no idea how one phone's software could negatively impact the network as whole. I'm pretty sure Verizon has no idea either. Can't say I'm surprised by the stance though.
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    To sum it all up, they are anti-"open source". Pretty sure last time I checked Android is open source, and by means of so-called "modifying software", they are not modifying anything. What if the user does not want your crappy bloatware on their fresh new device? Willing to offer this service free of charge to consumers? If not, then keep the bootloaders unlocked, that's my stance.

    Oh and another thing, they just want to be big brother and have their location services on you at all times. Jerks ....
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    I would like to know what they were responding to from the FCC and what the FCC response to them saying, essentially, "Too Bad" will be.
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    smoke and mirrors

    They seem to be the only company that is concerned with this issue. That alone makes me consider the validity of their statement.
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    Ha!! All this says to me is that the Development community provides better software than what Verizon has. Verizon can't control over,and push what they want on the developer's to install. Basically our developers here are better at development than what Verizon can do with the one's that are employed with them. Too funny IMO!

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    All this tells me is the same ol line of crap that VZW has always given.

    so locked bootloaders are bad m'kay

    so why do HTC, Samsung, and others get to have them but not Motorola?

    hogwash, all hogwash

    I'll just enjoy my AXIOM ICS from DroidTheory in the meantime
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    For now I really don't care what Verizon's stance on locked boot loaders might be. My Verizon Galaxy Nexus is unlocked (came with the option to be unlocked) and does what I need and under two year contract. So until I am ready for a new device and looking to stay once again with Verizon I don't care what their opinion is on the topic... lol
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    I filed a complaint with the FCC several months ago and got the same exact letter. To me this is just a cover so that they can send a response to the FCC. Maybe the FCC would see that in step in, but doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by syndicate0017 View Post
    Grasping at straws...I have no idea how one phone's software could negatively impact the network as whole. I'm pretty sure Verizon has no idea either. Can't say I'm surprised by the stance though.
    More like verizons network negatively affects our devices. For example the nexus signal and all of the 4g drops
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