: Rogers / Android


CubaMark
Jan 27th, 2010, 01:02 PM
Rogers Canada forces Android update that takes away root access Boing Boing (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/26/rogers.html)

Rogers Canada forces Android update that takes away root access

Rogers, Canada's only carrier with Android handsets, has cut off data to customers until they run a mandatory firmware update. Nominally, this fixes a 911 bug: but it also prevents you from jailbreaking your phone and activating features and applications Rogers doesn't like (even if you paid full price for your phone).

But Rogers is only doing something about it now -- namely, cutting data access of paying customers until they accept a mandatory firmware upgrade that not only fixes the 911 problem, but also contains 'extra' features that prevent users from ever gaining root access to their phones -- even non-subsidized ones. And some phones are also getting bricked by this 'official' update. The moral: we really need to open up the competition here up North."

(BoingBoing (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/26/rogers.html))

cap10subtext
Jan 27th, 2010, 06:02 PM
I think that's pretty obnoxious. I can understand if it were coming from the makers of the phone but in this case it sounds pretty heavy handed.

DR Hannon
Jan 27th, 2010, 08:08 PM
That WHACKY ROGERS, what other silliness will they come up with?

Doug