Verizon officially supports locked bootloaders

In a letter to the FCC, Big Red defends locking down its smartphones.

Verizon insists on a monogamous relationship between its users and their mobile user experience. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET and Droid Life

In a letter to the FCC, Verizon has finally expressed its ardent support of arranged marriages locked bootloaders.

Essentially, Verizon argues it knows better than its users which kind of bride or groom user experience its ungrateful children customers prefer--why spend each day with the love of your life some unstable mod when you can have your socially inept second cousin MotoBlur instead?

Droid Life obtained a copy of the letter to the FCC, which was prompted by a formal complaint from a user. Verizon's response dismisses the complaint with typical carrier-speak:

Depending on the device, an open boot loader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers.

Yeah, I hate malware as much as you, Verizon, but that sure hasn't stopped it from being approved for the Android Market in the past.

Thing is, you can't protect us from everything all the time, and besides, isn't this really about consolidating family power being able to charge me that monthly Wi-Fi hot-spot fee?

About the author

Crave freelancer Eric Mack is a writer, radio producer, and podcaster based in Taos, N.M., but he lives in Google+. He's also managing editor of Crowdsourcing.org and has written e-books on both Alaska and Android. E-mail Eric.

 

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