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Verizon Says Locked Bootloaders Better for the Network

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Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in early February detailing its thoughts on locked bootloaders on its smartphones. The letter was sent in response to a lawsuit filed against Verizon by a customer, who claimed that the locked bootloader on his phone violated the rules of the FCC's 700MHz spectrum auction. Verizon executive analyst Fred Powell explained, "An open bootloader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers." In other words, Verizon believes that locking the bootloaders of its smartphones will help protect its network.

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What they say and what they mean... TDBearCT Mar 1, 2012, 1:57 PM
It's like my laptop and the cable company... tjobrien21 Mar 1, 2012, 1:06 PM
Good grief Verizon, not you too with anti-consumer policies! tether Mar 1, 2012, 11:10 AM
Wait, doesn't this seem in direct contradiction.... bluecoyote Mar 1, 2012, 5:23 PM
Im not a network engenire smittycal Mar 1, 2012, 11:32 AM
*Sniff sniff*... what's that smell?? RageLevel-RISING Mar 1, 2012, 11:01 AM
Violation? rwalford79 Mar 1, 2012, 11:00 AM
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