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    T-Mobile Installs Carrier IQ On BlackBerry Smartphones


    We figured the whole Carrier IQ business would eventually make every major mobile manufacturer and carrier come out and state their stance on the software. Research In Motion has released a statement making it known they do not install Carrier IQ or allow their carrier partners to do so. Through their partner T-MoNews.com, T-Mobile has made it known that they do in fact install Carrier IQ in certain smartphones. As far as BlackBerry users are concerned, they have it installed in all 3 main OS 7 devices carried by T-Mobile.
    • BlackBerry Bold 9900
    • BlackBerry Curve 9360
    • BlackBerry Torch 2 9810
    According to T-Mobile, while they do install Carrier IQ onto these devices, they claim not to use it to keep track of personal data of its users but instead to improve their experience. Issues like dropped calls, battery performance, and application issues can all be monitored through the use of Carrier IQ.

    T-Mobile is able to install this software through the "My Account" app that's pre-loaded onto all its phones. Once a user clicks on the app and accepts the terms and conditions, Carrier IQ begins to have access to the information state previously. If a user never clicks on the My Account app or doesn't agree to the terms and conditions in the app, then Carrier IQ simply will not be enabled on their device.

    A lot of questions still remain as we get more and more information about how Carrier IQ is present in each device from every carrier that enables it. One thing to think about though, if it really goes against RIM's carrier-partnership policy to have Carrier IQ installed in a BlackBerry smartphone, how will they react to this news?
    • Do you think a lawsuit is in order against T-Mobile from RIM or is this no big deal? Let us know in the forums.
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    This is not a big deal RIM has more important things to do like worry about the upcoming root exploit for the PlayBook, the less than stellar PlayBook sales, BBX name lawsuit, and slumping stock. Id say there are more important things for them to worry about. As far as consumers go personally I could care less about my carrier monitoring me Im not doing anything that I am not supposed to do. As long as my bill remains the same Im cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    Im not doing anything that I am not supposed to do.
    oh ghod
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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    This is not a big deal RIM has more important things to do like worry about the upcoming root exploit for the PlayBook, the less than stellar PlayBook sales, BBX name lawsuit, and slumping stock. Id say there are more important things for them to worry about. As far as consumers go personally I could care less about my carrier monitoring me Im not doing anything that I am not supposed to do. As long as my bill remains the same Im cool.
    I feel the same. Although, a little better transparency on what they are doing is always good.
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    The problem I have with this is that carriers do not hesitate to throw it in your face that its in the terms and conditions which I, may be in the minority, do not read completely... Maybe I should start doing that
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    Quote Originally Posted by AgentBlackBerry View Post
    The problem I have with this is that carriers do not hesitate to throw it in your face that its in the terms and conditions which I, may be in the minority, do not read completely... Maybe I should start doing that
    Who has the time to read the Terms and Conditions in full? I sure don't. Nor do I want to start doing that now.

    This may just be used to monitor things like dropped calls and such, for now, but it could easily escalate should someone ...sketchy get their hands dirty with the programming and technology and what not. That's exactly what we need, some computer nerd hacking into the app and enabling the camera or accessing emails. And while that seems far fetched, it could happen. But I rather it didn't.
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    I agree... It could get out of hand

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    um this is a very serious matter privacy as we know it is out the window.. carrier will be tracking more then drop calls you better believe it.. everything you do on your phone is already trackable, the carrier iq will take it to another level.. this is nothing to be looked at with a non-chalant attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by sircaesar View Post
    um this is a very serious matter privacy as we know it is out the window.. carrier will be tracking more then drop calls you better believe it.. everything you do on your phone is already trackable, the carrier iq will take it to another level.. this is nothing to be looked at with a non-chalant attitude
    There has been a lot of attention on this matter, and as a fact, RIM has even offered to show you how to remove it from your BlackBerry phone.

    Everyone has their views, and opinions on this issue, and I know this will not sit well with a lot of people.

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