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2/20/2014 | 2:37:32 PM
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So how's this going? I'll take a wild guess... nowhere.
Mathew
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4/24/2013 | 8:36:49 AM
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Great comment. If the carriers are going to sign you up to a two-year contract (or whatever the length), that contract should work both ways: you continue to pay, and the carrier continues to release timely updates/patches for the device. If the carrier drops the ball, then the contract should be void.
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4/23/2013 | 6:26:14 PM
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A couple different things struck me while reading this article. I appreciate the ACLU for looking out for consumers. Also, the rate at which of updates, patches, etc. is fairly quick and with patches or updates sometimes causing more harm than good I understand the reluctance by the wireless providers. The real problem that should be outlawed is being forced to sign a 2-year contract for a subsidized phone that may or most likely not have important security updates coming down.
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4/18/2013 | 6:13:23 PM
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I have an HTC Inspire that is over 2 years old. When I check for a software update, it tells me my software is up to date yet I am using Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 vs v4 Jelly Bean). So my software is most decidedly NOT up to date. At the time I bought my phone, I was not as knowledgeable about Android as I am now. This issue has me strongly considering a GǣskinlessGǥ Nexus device. Actually, the new line of Motorola phones [read: Google phones] will be running the stock or GǣpureGǥ Android OS.
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4/18/2013 | 6:04:15 PM
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I am glad this is getting the attention of the ACLU and I think the concern/argument it is presenting is the right approach. However, the wireless lobby usually gets its way and will whine and cry about how expensive it will be to replace phones that it already subsidizes (regardless of the HUGE profits it makes off the data plans on networks long ago built out).

I think the ACLU needs to find a connection to national security. That is one trump card that would be very hard for the wireless providers to overturn. Time to write our useless Congress again I guess.
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4/18/2013 | 11:43:31 AM
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So I would not have thought about this being a "safety issue" .. although as a network admin I certainly lecture people on keeping software patched and up to date. I would think there is a financial side to this as well? fraud? .. monopolistic action? ... were you told when you purchased your last phone that it would not be receiving updates? I was not ... and I would not have bought the phone I did had I known that... what about you?


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