I have been resisting upgrading my DINC2 beyond its out-of-box Android 2.2.1 OS because I understand it makes rooting very difficult / impossible. My phone must be rooted so I can use Barnacle for wifi tethering while I'm in Europe.
I was on a conference call (on my landline) just now and playing with my phone in boredom, when a screen suddenly popped up. It was a count-down screen that said something like "Downloading Verizon update automatically in 15 seconds!" I hurriedly tapped the cancel button. Now my Settings : Software Update : Status shows:
Source: Verizon Wireless
Status: User Rejected <-- you're damned right
Time: 3:26 pm <-- just a few minutes ago
Description: Software updates automatically and the mobile will power down and up as part of this special offering
No way in hell do I want an automatic update that keeps me from rooting my phone! I wonder what would have happened if I wasn't watching my phone when it tried to update its firmware... probably I would have turned my phone on and it would have been un-rooted, bricked, and/or upgraded to an OS where I can no longer root it. There is no way to turn this off. Now I'm afraid when I'm not looking, Verizon will force a miserable update on my phone.
Am I being paranoid? Should I take my tinfoil hat off? I didn't think Verizon could force updates, so I'm not really sure what this was. 2.18.605.4 doesn't look like an Android version, maybe it's just radio firmware or something innocuous?