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Schiller: No Verizon apps sideloaded on iPhone

updated 01:20 am EST, Wed January 12, 2011

Verizon may offer apps through App Store

Carrier-added applications on smartphones are often the bane of users, and Verizon is one of the leading proponents of sideloaded apps, more commonly known as "crapware" because it generally exists only to promote additional -- and often unwanted -- services, or was placed on the phone due to a payment to the carrier by a company. Speaking to the press at today's Verizon event, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller said the Verizon iPhone 4 would not have any such apps preloaded.

"We want the experience to be the same for every iPhone user," Schiller told Ars Technica and others. "So there are no special Verizon Apps preinstalled."

He added that AT&T offers some apps in the App Store, and "I'll let Verizon comment if they are working on anything for that." One app that Verizon normally installs on its smartphones that will be present on the iPhone is the Personal Hotspot control, but Apple has avoid the problem by incorporating it directly into the iOS version running on the Verizon iPhone, and may make that technology available to other carriers.

Other, less well-regarded apps normally pre-loaded by Verizon include a Blockbuster Video app, Verizon's VCast music an app store, a subscription-required GPS app called VZ Navigator and an app called "City ID" that periodically interrupts users automatically to promote a $2 per month subscription to the City ID service -- all of which are pre-loaded on the front "page" of the phone for maximum impact and are not moveable as Apple's own pre-installed apps are.

Also pre-loaded on some models are Microsoft's Bing app (often replacing Google), Amazon's Kindle app, a backup assistant, and Skype. AppleInsider has reported that Verizon has recently started automatically pushing game demos and Flash updates onto their smartphones, all of which are not removable through normal means.

The lack of side-loaded carrier apps on the Verizon iPhone is seen as a concession by the carrier and a victory for Apple in their desire to keep the iPhone's iOS look and feel consistent.




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  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +16

    wow

    I had no idea Verizon put all that junk on their smartphones. That's just horrible. Kudos to Apple for changing the carriers' behaviour (remember that Apple went with AT&T originally because no other carrier would let Apple control the user experience). Funny that Apple seems to be the only company the carriers can't push around.your comment

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Because..

    Verizon iPhone = making loads of money for Verizon. They will make it exceptional. Funny how Microsoft dominates desktop and iOS dominates cel phones. Once Sprint and T-Mobil get their iPhones also, Apple will make their last move to crush all competitors by offering $20 TO GO iPhone (iPhone 3) in convenient stores and gas station's mini marts.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Circa 2007

    Lest we forget what "smart" phones were like pre-iPhone!

    /

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    fAndroids love crapware...

    It makes their particular Android smartphone unique. They're just like Windows fanbois. The more useless crapware PC companies can load on a Windows PC, the better. Gives them something extra to tinker with.

    Apple is the only sensible company around to tell the carriers not to put useless c*** on the iPhone. iPhone owners can easily load their iPhones with their own useless c***. I can understand if crapware was easily removed from Android smartphones, but I've heard that you can't even get rid of it. "Value-added software" they call it. Not.

  1. smmcki01

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Verizon's website not parallel with Apple

    Yesterday Verizon posted on their website under Frequently Asked Questions related to the iPhone, that they will have some of their software on the new device (V Cast etc.). Today that information seems to have been deleted. I wonder if Verizon had anticipated putting their "crapware" on the iPhone, but at the last minute Apple said do it our way or else?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Re: wow

    I had no idea Verizon put all that junk on their smartphones. That's just horrible. Kudos to Apple for changing the carriers' behaviour (remember that Apple went with AT&T originally because no other carrier would let Apple control the user experience). Funny that Apple seems to be the only company the carriers can't push around.

    Right. So instead of Verizon crapware, we're stuck with Apple crapware! It's so much better to have Apps forced on us by Apple than it is by some carrier. Oh, wait, that's like when Dell installs crapware on their PCs. Except you can uninstall those...

  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Apple crapware

    Apple forces the less-than useless "Stocks" and "Weather" apps on us, which can't be removed, and then their stupid games App, also "permanent". All 3 are in a folder on my phone entitled "CRAPWARE". I hope they become less paranoid someday and allow us to remove these POS intrusions. Not a good way to treat a customer.

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