Verizon wants to monitor your smartphone usage, offers rewards in exchange
0. phoneArena 04 Dec 2012, 05:48 posted on
Verizon Selects is a newly announced initiative that will analyze a subscriber's behavior by logging their location, web browsing statistics and usage of mobile data. Note that users won't be signed up automatically – instead, those who wish to join have to opt-in manually. In exchange...
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1. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
The fact that they're going to give the customers something in compensation is a good incentive, however we don't know the specifics of the compensation. If it's a discount off the bill then I would sign up for it but I doubt that will happen.
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4747; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Thanks but no thanks. I root so I can have no ads EVER. I root because I want all the BS Bloat that Verizon pushes on me REMOVED. I root because I want total control over my device & I want Verizon to be a carrier & only a carrier.
Unless they are giving me $1,000.00 per every 6 months I will have to say an emphatic NO! I don't want Verizon or any carrier to be in my business or monitor anything I do PERIOD. lol
8. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1019; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I think thats the main consensus for everyone no matter what carrier they have. I dont need my carrier to "keep an eye" on what I do. I moved out of my moms house YEARS AGO to prevent her from dictating what I do and i expect my carrier to do the same
13. metalpoet (unregistered)
Count me in! :)
2. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
yea i would be interested in this also but of course the major question remains....how much of a coupon do we get, how many can we get, how long would it take to get one...i cant wait for more details to emerge...
3. FastKatt (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 May 2011)
I'd be interested in this, if the pay-out is worth it... I have 4 phones on my acct, I'm sure I could rack-up the rewards quickly.
5. jphillips63 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Not me I don't want Verizon or anyone else poking there nose in my business. It's called respect and privacy.
6. whythename (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
How about the fact that Wireless is a paid service. If they gave it to you for free but had ad revenue to support it, thats one thing. The fact that most people pay $70+ a month for service should garauntee none of this funny business. Plain and simple this is verizon being greedy.
"Coupons for a third party retailer Oh joy, plelase enroll me so I can save $5 Dollars a month off my wal mart purchases." - Idiot who thinks this is a good deal
7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2915; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Exactly. They're raking in record profits but they still need to nickel and dime their customers. Now they're trying to squeeze blood from a penny. Each day of this brings me closer and closer to another carrier.
10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
nahhh! i don't think i want Verizon to know how much i've been tethering lately... xD
11. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I think that it could be a good Idea if it is done right. If users could opt in for a specified closed-ended amount of time, with an option to re-enlist, be given a just compensation for their data, and opting for ads could mean more compensation, then I think, under this basic framework, it could work. I also think that the data should be protected from intrusion by companies, employees, nosy parents, and, of course, the government. If the data is sold, I would want to have the final say in what is sold, to whom, and I expect to get a cut. Also, I think that there should be no negative consequences related to what they find (ex. when they would find I commit borderline treason regularly). The user should also be able to easily terminate the monitoring. Knowing Verizon, after 6-9 months, they will make you pay for the "service" and have it automatically enabled on all new devices forcing those who do not wish to be monitored to opt out instead of those who want it opting in.
14. juboci (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Apr 2008)
Hell Yes count me in. Verizon can poke there business into mine and I don't care. They won't find anything. Send my $100 monthly check to my home address
15. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
VZW HAS THEIR FACES IN MY WALLET. THAT'S ENOUGH! 500 EVERY QUARTER, MAYBE i SPREAD MY LEGS TO GET EFFED A LIL MORE BY BIG RED.