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AT&T gives in, will allow third party apps to be installed on Android phones

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AT&T gives in, will allow third party apps to be installed on Android phones
AT&T has finally caved and starting with the Samsung Infuse 4G, the carrier will allow third party apps to be installed on its Android phones. The Samsung Infuse 4G, as we reported yesterday, will launch May 15th. Non-Android Market apps were banned from the carrier's Android handsets because of the worry that "bad apps" would harm phones and the network.

Jeff Bradley, AT&T's Senior Vice President of Mobile Devices explained the initial reluctance to allow third-party apps when he said, "I think we’ll go more open. First and foremost we were genuinely concerned from a network bandwidth standpoint and a customer experience standpoint for not having any mechanism to take down a bad app. And the only way we could do it at the time was relying on Google to leverage what [security] they had in [the] Android Marketplace. We took a lot of negative publicity for doing it, but it was 100 percent driven by a desire to be able to have the ability to support our network and be able to help our customers. It really was."

We're not sure how many phone buyers opted for a handset elsewhere because of the third party app ban. But now that the ban has been lifted, it can only be good news for AT&T customers although many will have to wait for their next Android phone to take advantage of AT&T's change in thinking.

source: AndroidandMe


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posted on 06 May 2011, 10:31 2

1. KickRocks (Posts: 117; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Late to the party but better late than never..........

posted on 07 May 2011, 10:09 2

21. remixfa (Posts: 14044; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i bet this is more of the "if we buy tmobile, we promise not to be as evil" thing they are doing.

oh well.. regardless, its good that they finally did it.

posted on 08 May 2011, 12:22

27. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)


I was thinking the same thing. Sucking up till the deal is done then things will change back haha.

posted on 06 May 2011, 10:36 2

2. PhoneLuver (Posts: 468; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Gheez! It's all so restrictive! In most other countries, tethering and 3rd party apps are available by default!

posted on 06 May 2011, 10:54 1

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


WIN! :D

posted on 06 May 2011, 12:19

4. carlahoney33 (unregistered)


finally about time. i know a few people example some of my friends that dumped at&t and went to t-mobile because at&t didnt allow third party apps and t-mobile does. but those people i know hated t-mobile signal over here in los angeles. at&t gets waaay better reception inside buildings than t-mobile i think cuz at&t uses the 850 mhz and t-mobile the 1700 mhz band. me i stayed with at&t cuz i like having service inside buildings its a good feeling lol . i have a captivate but i think i will be getting the infuse and show my friends i can now install 3rd party apps. just like them! they gunna get pissed off! cuz they always have to borrow my at&t phone to make calls inside buildings when there t-mobile phones have no service. also i think its kinda stupid that they just changed companies for that reason that at&t didnt allow 3rd party apps if they never had problems with there service. they tried convincing me to switch i didnt give in that easy ...o well people this days.

posted on 06 May 2011, 13:14

6. mikeypopps (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Bro..you can root your phone in literally like two minutes.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f =703

posted on 06 May 2011, 12:29 4

5. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Thanks for the life story... AT&T is still to restricted and drops calls constantly for any phone. So does T-Mobile. Get on the CDMA side people it's a better more reliable network!!!

posted on 06 May 2011, 14:04 4

8. bluechrism (unregistered)


Which is great, as long as you never travel abroad.

posted on 06 May 2011, 18:29 2

13. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Which most American never leave these boarders.

posted on 06 May 2011, 21:26

17. Goldeneye (Posts: 357; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Even when they do, who wants to pay an arm and a leg for every international roaming minute/text? people whine about domestic data charges already! No thanks I'll stick to CDMA and I'll go prepaid when/if I go overseas

posted on 06 May 2011, 20:31

14. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


That's absolutely true. CDMA towers have a much further range than GSM towers. CDMA is also more secure. But for some reason people think that GSM is way better. UMTS is faster than EVDO, but CDMA has a lot of advantages....

posted on 07 May 2011, 15:50 1

22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


gsm is so much better cause you can switch phones easily and dont have to be on a contract to activate it and even pay to have them activate it... cdma does nothing for you except allow phone carriers to charge you more

posted on 07 May 2011, 16:15

23. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


"gsm is so much better cause you can switch phones easily and dont have to be on a contract to activate it and even pay to have them activate it" U can use a CDMA phone from any network off contract, and T-Mobile(GSM) charges to activate a phone, and just like CDMA u still have to buy another phone also!!! GSM cards can track you :)

posted on 07 May 2011, 16:23 1

24. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


all phones can track u in so many ways... not just gsm... and no, i don think you can walk into a verizon store with an evo and expect it to work perfectly... with gsm you can just get non contract phones, pop the sim card in and it works perfectly...

posted on 09 May 2011, 00:29

28. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Really? All GSM Phones Use the Same Frequency??? i can get an At&t and put it in my Peice o Sh_t Android G2 and it will use T-Mobiles "4G"??? GsM is almost the same Sh_t as CDMA Xcept CDMA Is not a spectrum hog. BTW GSM is used mostly around the world because it was available first but Now other Major countries want to switch to CDMA like the Future top country which ill hesitate a little to say -__- china!

posted on 06 May 2011, 13:52 1

7. cortez.i (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


protect the network/customers from a bad app? really? c'mon man! :)

posted on 06 May 2011, 14:16

9. Yo (unregistered)


Wait so I have to wait to get a new unrestricted android phone? I can't get third party apps now on my Captivate?

posted on 07 May 2011, 16:23

25. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


root it

posted on 06 May 2011, 15:15

10. networkdood (Posts: 6298; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have been able to tether my phone for free and download from anywhere since day 3 :-)

go to xda-developers.com ....captivate is one of the easiest phones to root. Change your modem and/or kernel to get the best reception for your area....never had 1 dropped call.

posted on 06 May 2011, 16:40

11. bwhahahahahahahandhahahahaha (unregistered)


Like they could really stop a competent user.

posted on 06 May 2011, 17:01

12. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Bad news for verizon...betcha they will buy sprint or all the little CDMA carriers ... and it gets worse, now there will be Duopoly

posted on 07 May 2011, 16:24

26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


I dont think verizon has enough money to buy sprint... att was richer and tmobile is much smaller... also they were failing while sprint is doing welll

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