Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Feb 2011 19:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Motorola is apparently sticking to its Android guns for the foreseeable future. Not in its future? Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services for Motorola, laid it out quite plainly for the press at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. 'I don't envision us using Microsoft,' she said. 'I would never say never but it's not something we're entertaining now. We're the only vendor who is 100% Android.'"
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Hypothesis
by acobar on Wed 16th Feb 2011 21:17 UTC
acobar
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2005-11-15

OK, suppose Motorola and other heavy-weight phone makers give us unlocked phones and it, somehow, makes the life of hackers easier. They start to install malware and all that stuff on uncle John phones.

Who is going to pay the bills? Because, if the phones are locked and software is installed through "official" stores, for sure, under the law the poor hacked guy will have some coverage.

The way I see it, they could offer you two plan options, one where you can do whatever you want and will be responsible for that and the other for regular people.

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RE: Hypothesis
by Soulbender on Thu 17th Feb 2011 00:00 in reply to "Hypothesis"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Funny how unlocked and open phones seems to be no problem in the rest of the world...

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RE[2]: Hypothesis
by acobar on Thu 17th Feb 2011 06:30 in reply to "RE: Hypothesis"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

Actually, they are. If you are hacked and your network traffic goes beyond what is specified on your contract, you pay the bill, and the phone network provider goes happy to cash that.

The number of smartphones are increasing very fast, soon or latter this issue must be addressed.

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RE: Hypothesis
by ichi on Thu 17th Feb 2011 09:08 in reply to "Hypothesis"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

OK, suppose Motorola and other heavy-weight phone makers give us unlocked phones and it, somehow, makes the life of hackers easier. They start to install malware and all that stuff on uncle John phones.

Who is going to pay the bills? Because, if the phones are locked and software is installed through "official" stores, for sure, under the law the poor hacked guy will have some coverage.

The way I see it, they could offer you two plan options, one where you can do whatever you want and will be responsible for that and the other for regular people.


When was the last time any company was made accountable for software vulnerabilities and related damages?

That's it: never.
Official stores or not, you pay the bills.

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