Android So Much Of An iPhone Wannabe That It, Too, Has A Kill Switch

from the remote-disabling dept

There was plenty of attention a few months back when it was revealed (first by a hacker, then confirmed by Apple) that the iPhone contained a kill switch that could remotely disable any application. Nancy Gohring, over at IDG, has gone through the terms of service for the first Google Android-based phone and noted that it appears to have a remote kill switch as well, though at least it's upfront about it. You can understand why mobile operators might want this (for example, to stop a bandwidth hogging app), but it's still rather troubling that an app that you thought you had placed on your own device might be remotely deleted one day. If we've been able to deal with rogue and runaway apps on PCs for all these years, you would think that mobile operators would be able to deal with it as well.

Filed Under: android, kill switch
Companies: google


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    Eric, 17 Oct 2008 @ 6:03am

    Re: Android Kill Switch != iPhone Kill Switch

    I'm not going to purchase and use a phone that has this "kill switch". I will install whatever I damn well please on my phone and use it in whatever way I choose and particularly apps that I pay for. I'm not going to have an app auto-delete from my phone remotely. No thanks. This is still America damn it. Any vendor who has such a "kill switch" on my phone will not get my business.

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