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Verizon Says Locked Bootloaders Better for the Network

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What they say and what they mean...

TDBearCT

Mar 1, 2012, 1:57 PM
What they are saying is:

Allowing users unrestricted access to their phones operating system can jeopardize the security of their customers data and the reliability of the Verizon network if phones are compromised and used for a DDoS attack.

Which is TRUE.

What they did not say is:

Allowing unlocked bootloaders also allows customers to use their phones in a manner that prevents Verizon from collecting additional revenue (such as tethering fees) and discourages users from upgrading phones (and signing lucrative long-term contracts) based on the software features on a specific phone.

Which is also TRUE.
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evrodude

Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM
You do not need an unlocked bootloader in order to install an after-market free tethering app and prevent Verizon from collecting any tethering fees.
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jskrenes

Mar 5, 2012, 10:48 AM
evrodude said:
You do not need an unlocked bootloader in order to install an after-market free tethering app and prevent Verizon from collecting any tethering fees.


True, but if you want to enable wireless hotspot without paying for it, you do have to hack your phone. I don't see what the big deal is. With tiered data pricing, only the grandfathered unlimited people will be able to get unlimited tethering without paying for it, and when family share data plans go into effect, the number of grandfathered unlimited plans will go away. Plus, Android phones aren't that hard to hack.
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