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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Hold your horses
by Auxx on Thu 7th Oct 2010 09:58 UTC
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Still, it's sad that once again, the device you buy is actually not yours.

Slow down here for a moment. G2 is sold with contract, one of its "features" is provider lock. This "root-kit" is a way to enforce that lock which you signed for. This is your sane choise to buy locked phone, so what are your complaints? You sign a contract, you get what you signed for. Don't like contract terms? Go and buy HTC Desire Z - same device, no contract.

Some might say it is hard to buy SIM free phone in US. Well, you have some options: ebay, EU online shops, your democracy. If you believe your country is democratic then change laws of your country, make these contracts outlaw.

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