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February 5, 2011

Verizon Wireless survey drones call from 505 999 5100 in response to ZERO likelihood of recommending to friends

Filed under: All Your Base,BULLSHIT,verizon sucks — Sagacious Himself @ 10:51 am

After rating them zero on a scale of zero to ten(best) on “how likely are you to refer verizon wireless to your friends” I qualified my in regards to their “3g” offering.

oh, you didn’t notice your “unlimited” “3g” drizzling about the speed of an analog modem?  Verizon likes your kind: pay for service you never use or suffer hegemony.

Verizon Wireless lost a class action over use of the BlueTooth logo in the v710 phone and not actually supporting bluetooth profiles represented by that logo.  I expect them to lose another over either claim of “unlimited” or “3g”.  Much as with netflix I could not care less about verizon’s other customers.  MY contract for service is with verizon.  I grudgingly pay the thirty dollar monthly extortion and expect that.. surprisingly yes.

Up until now I haven’t bothered modifying the phone as I had done with every other handset.  At the very least I couldn’t stand the word ‘verizon’ on the lcd.

But not-subtle throttling of bandwidth to the handset per se is unacceptable.  Verizon has the audacity to want another $30/mo to use the handset as an AP, another $30/mo to use the handset as a tethered modem [+$60/mo], and yet another $30/mo to send/receive unlimited SMS [+$90/mo for the math impaired].  The SMS is the most galling as powering the phone uses more “data” than a “page” of SMS.  SMS doesn’t use 3G… and is an infinitesimal impact on network resources.  Thirty dollars?  Are you high?  Thanks, no, I’ll use xmpp; it’s as instant and preserves sender time stamp very much unlike sms queuing.  Pix n Flix from an HD camera handset is very gay: all HD pixels are raped through the media server.  It’s a brilliant plan:

safeguard the network from SMS and pix/flix messaging to force people to use “3G” resources and then punish them for using “3G” by throttling the connection to pre interweb non-circuit speeds

Tmobile renegade they are is offering unlimited data/sms/ap/tethering for $9/mo that would cost $120/mo for verizon wireless users.  Hmmm.  At home I have [symmetric] OC1 speeds. yay.  I like the speed.  My US Robotics Courier I-modem provided more bandwidth than my allegedly “3G” “smart” handset

Which custom ROM would make the DroidX happiest?  Obviously it’s foolish to leave to phone in rooted state.  Root+ROM will allow nuking of verizon bloatware and the other way to nuke adware –– although if the application developer is intellectually dishonest and morally impared to foist adware as freeware there’s no telling how else he may deem appropriate to abuse hardware to exploit users for his gain. Adblocking is a must have.. at least until there in non-dev non-root user control of application permissions.  See AOSP bugs and star them (at least once):

See also: Extending android permission model

Here are some additional issues you should star (at least once):

reinstate reject call
cisco friendly ipsec vpn

lack of wifi proxy

screen off vs lock device

email password insecure

refund window too small

SDcard encryption


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