I’ll give you that

In our never ending Verizon Wireless vs. AT&T battles, we are forever bickering about price, coverage, call quality and, naturally, coolness of available handsets. Now that VZW has a bevy of what most everyone agrees are cool handsets, and since pricing is _almost_ the same on both when setting up a new account (go ahead, look it up*), what’s left?

No much, really. Just one small thing that I’m going to give you.

For reasons unknown to pretty much anyone, the CDMA carriers in the United States (Verizon Wireless and Sprint) have a penchant for loading their handsets up with junk apps and bloatware. Think back to the days when that new Compaq you picked up for $500 was loaded with so much bloatware that it took your PC 3 days to boot. Or, better still, the “free” PC you got because you signed up for a 2 years MSN account.

With 1 minor difference. You see, on the PC, you could spend a few hours and uninstall all of those apps. It would be terribly time consuming, but you could get it done. Or, you could always format the drive and excluding installing that crap altogether. Not so with a VZW phone.

Not only that, but VZW also like to push apps to it’s subscribers. Bing for search, something for media, NASCAR apps, what have you. Wouldn’t be a terribly huge deal except you are unable to delete or uninstall said pushed apps.

Think if Microsoft or Apple included something in an update or installation (Safari with iTunes on Windows comes to mind) that you didn’t want and then didn’t let you remove it. My god! Mr. and Mrs. PC user would be so bent out of shape it’s not even funny. Mac users would probably be overjoyed with the fact that Steve thought highly enough of this particular app that it must be made of pure awesome, rainbows and unicorn tears.

But I digress.

It’s really not that big of a deal, really. More of an annoyance than anything else. It’s not going to drive me away from Verizon for my phone service or anything like that. I just wish they asked first, or provided an uninstall option for this crap.

Because I don’t want it.

450 voice minutes, unlimited texting and required data plan. AT&T is $84.99 (2GB Data), Verizon Wireless is $89.98 (5GB Data). Pricing based on new accounts, **not the account you have now**.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

2 comments

  1. Right on. Although, this was surprising:

    Mac users would probably be overjoyed with the fact that Steve thought highly enough of this particular app that it must be made of pure awesome, rainbows and unicorn tears.

    I know you’re kidding, but I still have yet to see one of these mythical “I’ll use anything they give me and not even think about it” Mac users the haters are always talking about. You use a mac. Are you like that?

  2. I’m not. I have, however, met those people. They scare me.

    I’m definitely not like that. You might have guessed that by this stab at Apple.

    (Safari with iTunes on Windows comes to mind)

    Of course, they have already stopped including Safari with the Windows iTunes installer, but when it was there, it was ugly. Much like the retarded icons I’m always having to hide on my blackberry screen that VZW insists I need.

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