Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Oct 2010 22:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While we rail on Apple for its closed and restrictive policies regarding its iOS, with Apple you at least know what you're getting into. When you buy a mobile phone running Android, many do so because of its open and more free nature than the competing platforms - so you can imagine the surprise when the hackers at xda-developers found out the brand-new T-Mobile G2 has a hardware rootkit that will always restore the phone's original operating system upon installing a different ROM. HTC says it doesn't know of any such feature, and points towards the carrier (or Google).
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by bile on Thu 7th Oct 2010 03:00 UTC
bile
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"Still, it's sad that once again, the device you buy is actually not yours."

Yes it is. You can do what you please with the phone... but HTC, Google and T-Mobile are under no obligation to provide you with any particular service if you wish to modify it or in this case to enable you to modify easily.

If you want an easily hacked phone buy the one marketed as such: the Nexus One.

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