Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.

"The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players," said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in a press release.

New regulations that fly directly in the face of the biggest player in mobile - Samsung. Odd, since we were told that Samsung owns the South-Korean government.

I do wonder where the line is drawn, though. Will South-Koreans also be able to delete Newsstand and Weather from iOS, or the Calculator from Android?

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RE[3]: Arggghhh
by Morgan on Tue 28th Jan 2014 18:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Arggghhh"
Morgan
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I was actually referring to their progressive movement towards contract-free service across the board. Their solution isn't perfect, but it's a far sight better than the other three. Sprint in particular is nasty when it comes to getting out of a contract; there are no loopholes, you pay the $350 ETF even if your phone's non-subsidized price is far less. I'm glad to be rid of them.

I'm on Straight Talk now, which is month-to-month unlimited service for half what I was paying at Sprint, and I can use any unlocked GSM phone, or even carrier-locked T-Mobile phones if I choose to.

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