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Verizon Please Let me remove CityID

I don’t think I’m asking too much.  I spent a great deal on my DroidX along with accessories.  It is by far my favorite phone but  Crapware is Crapware whether its on the PC or infultrating my mobile device and that is not beneficial to anyone.

That said, I love promoting software via bundling and have found some great applications this way.  My DroidX came bundled with some apps that I’m not using but may wish to someday and in fact I was using CityID till I received the alert that  my trial was up and that I would be charged $2.00 per month if I wanted to keep using it.  Now knowing where someone is calling from is nice but worth $24.00 a year – not for me.  Even the software maker talks about how this app even with “modest adoption rates in the of 8-10% range have a meaningful bottom-line impact” – you too can see how Verizon and others can make millions this way by also looking at their “Revenue Calculator” @ http://www.cequint.com/ but what I don’t get is why Verizon does not realize that ticking off your user base is a much greater cost than benefit.

I have asked Verizon and Cequint how to remove this.  Verizon has said that they are working on a response – this is the response that I received from Cequint.

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Dear Mr. Wallace:

 Thank you for taking the time to contact us.  Because City ID is one of the preinstalled applications on the Droid X, there are no install or uninstall options (as is currently the case with all applications that are preinstalled on the Android operating system).

At the end of the 15-day free trial, a trial expired message appears to inform you the trial has expired.  This expiration screen will ask if you would like to subscribe to City ID with the options “Yes,” “No,” or “Remind Me Later.”  Selecting “No” on the touch screen will disable City ID, and the city and state of calls will no longer be displayed.

Thank you for your message and feedback.

Sincerely,

The Cequint Team

support@cequint.com

Cequint Incorporated
1011 Western Avenue | Suite 800
Seattle | WA | 98104
www.cequint.com

Confidential Information – this email and any and all attachments to it are Cequint’s confidential information and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. Any unauthorized disclosure or forwarding of this email or any files transmitted with it constitutes a breach of your confidentiality obligations to Cequint. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender, delete this email from your system and do not disseminate, distribute or copy this email or the files attached to it.  Please treat all documents shared from Cequint as confidential.

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So according to Cequint – they don’t seem to care. But as a user – I sure do – and I’m sure if other users have questions that perhaps those questions should also be asked of Cequint’s support.

I really like the DroidX and I have been with Verizon for years but in all those years I have never had them force an application on my phone that I could not remove.  I’m all for the phone introducing me to apps that I may like and wish to purchase – all I ask is that as the person who purchased the phone and pays for a family plan with data and hotspot access is that you let me remove apps that are not crucial and that I don’t want.

I seem to remember the “EU” suing Microsoft over IE not being able to be removed and I certainly think IE is more crucial to Windows than City ID is to the Android Operating System.  Maybe I need to “Get Jesse” – but is it really too much to ask both Verizon and Cequint to do the right thing?

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DroidX – First Thoughts

I’m normally just ok with a new phone – happy I have something newer and hopeful that I’m not ready to give it back in the first 30 days but usually after the first 5 minutes I have figured out everything that I thought was cool and am already bored.

Today I purchased a new DroidX.  I found some nice bundles at Verizon today that helped me get better prices and thought that today was the best organized I have seen Verizon on a phone launch.  I cannot remember a previous time when I could get the accessories I needed on the same day but today was certainly the exception that should be the rule and the accessories were really cool.

Likes and Product Suggestions:
I have missed docking stations and for the DroidX there are docking stations for home and the car – I may get another one or two for the home as I like them.  I also got the rubber case for the DroidX but wish that it would still fit in either docking station when I put the protective case on – I want to use the great docking stations – but also want to do what I can to protect the phone for when I accidently drop it.

Not sure if it will replace my car’s GPS but I love how I can plug the phone into my car’s AUX jack and listen to radio stations via the IHEART app – and in fact not only the audio quality for streaming but the built in internal FM radio sounds better than the FM Radio in my Nissan.  I would like to take this time to say to all of those who doubted me when I said at the Country Radio Seminar in 2001 that Internet Radio would be in the car within 10 years – that I was right and have a year to go on that prediction (remind me to email David Lawrence)

I’m experimenting with all of the new apps and enjoying what I’m seeing so far.  I’m not sure what will happen with the Android Software Push in the near future but here that it will have enhancements for Microsoft’s Exchange ™.  I’m looking forward to seeing what will be coming but at the top of my request list – is help the phone to be able to read more than one Exchange account as I access at least two exchange environments.

Lastly it makes really clear phone calls – I almost forgot this was a phone too.

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I’m buying the DroidX on the 15th

I have been a loyal Windows Mobile user for years.  I have strayed occasionally to RIM and would have loved to have switched to the iPhone but could not comprehend switching from Verizon but as a loyal Windows Mobile User I have felt like I was missing out.  I was there from day one version 1 and still with 6.5 and a plethora of disconnected smartphones from Samsung to the Palm Treo as well as my current HTC and I am just not going to wait for Windows Series 7 anymore.  I had hoped that Apple would grace us with good news for Verizon but if Google is willing to step up – so am I.

I had a chance to try out the Google Nexus for 30 days on T-Mobile and the phone was so cool I almost forgot it was on T-Mobile but the apps were amazing and nothing like I have ever seen on a Windows Mobile device.  I had stayed with these phones mostly because I’m an Exchange user which in looking back is RIM actually offers more features than Microsoft as it’s the device that would allow me to run more than one exchange account.  Odd since MS invented Exchange and Windows Mobile and Outlook.

So Microsoft is now working on version 7 of its phone OS but just killed its KIN with only a few weeks release – so again – what is it I’m waiting for on Win Series 7?  What I find really interesting is how cool the IPhone was on Version 1 – how cool the Google Nexus was on Version 1 – the Microsoft Phone on Version 7 may be cool but I have been disappointed so many times and I’m not ready for this again.  I know I’m not switching to Zune so if Win Series 7 is supposed to be more like a Zune – it’s not a selling point for me.

So while I wish the DroidX had a keyboard like its predecessor – I’m still going to get it and hear that the screen and camera are more Incredible – than the HTC Incredible.

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