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6.3 million active HTC devices have Carrier IQ

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6.3 million active HTC devices have Carrier IQ
The Carrier IQ story is probably the biggest tech scandal of the last couple of weeks as unexpected findings showed that millions of handsets have a keylogger pre-installed from carriers allowing them to read your messages, emails and practically your every keystroke. The only major US carrier exempt from that negative attention is Verizon.

But when it comes to phone manufacturers, one might want to know the exact number of devices that have that Carrier IQ’s software on them. And HTC has already answered that question in a reply to US Senator Al Franklin. The answer is 6.3 million. Here’s which devices are affected:

  • Sprint: Snap (Windows Mobile), Touch Pro 2 (Windows Mobile), Hero, EVO 4G, EVO Shift 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G
  • AT&T: Vivid
  • T-Mobile: Amaze 4G

Also, "components of the Carrier IQ solution" appear on the HTC Merge, Acquire, Desire, Wildfire, Flyer and a variant of the Hero.

Luckily, HTC is already working on removing the software from the aforementioned devices and says it doesn’t collect any data from users. 



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posted on 16 Dec 2011, 09:37 3

1. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


If you are not on the run from the law , why should you freak out over carrier IQ ?

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 09:49 6

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It's not that. We should all live under certain principles, one which is privacy. I am a law abiding man, but I don't want my information out there period.

My texts are private, my pictures are private, my websites I visit are private. I only want myself to know where I have been, what my passwords are, what messages (email, text) I have been sending, my bank account balances, & if I looked up a recipe to cook a leg of lamb. That should be no one else’s business.

Invasion of privacy on a very minute level should not be tolerated, but what Carrier IQ had been doing for the last 5 years or so is just simply inexcusable

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 11:35

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


the way you reacted to it it's like your data is being twitted or something, you have to realize, carriers and manufacturers won't give a crap about data like these, they were just mandated by the government for it. national security is at stake.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 09:54

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Sadly i live in Asia and have my phones unlocked .

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 10:19

10. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 244; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


but what if i want your leg of lamb recipe??? :(

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 09:47 3

2. kriss (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


r u serious? maybe you don't mind when someone reads your post and messages, but vast majority of people do

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 09:50

4. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


someone you dont know and doesnt give a sh!t about you is that what you mean? you mind and worry about that?

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:17 5

5. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 244; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


maybe one of the patents apple is suing HTC for is this "carrier IQ"

"hey! you cant have that! its ours!"

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 14:35

8. Leo_MC (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Epic :)!

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:28 1

6. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


Welll my HTC glacier doesnt have it because its running Cm 7.1. Carrier IQ just needs to come clean and give answers before they go out of business.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 13:10 1

11. Phonatic (Posts: 27; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


I agree with SuperAndroidEvo that what I do is no ones business, even when it's perfectly legal. I'm sure most of the people working for carrier iq could care less about the details of someone's phone activity, but all you need is one dishonest employee there with access to numerous passwords to bank accounts and credit card websites, social network passwords, and email passwords, to ruin a lot. It could ruin your c redit or worse, have your identity stolen. Lots of people file taxes online and get email copies sent. What if they take the keystrokes info to get your password to that account?

More than anything, what bothers me is they didn't tell anyone so they didn't give consumers a choice. If they say, "hey. We track this, this and this," and you say, "whatever I don't care." Then smiles all around. But for those of us who do care, it's unnerving.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 17:16

12. johndroid (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


No one ,not even the government is qualified to handle people's personal information ,no matter what the purpose is .It's unacceptable.

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