AT&T cripples Android with the BACKFLIP

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AT&T cripples Android with the BACKFLIP
Remember the good old days when it was Verizon that was accused of crippling its phones? Funny how things change. With three Android models being offered, Big Red has been a model citizen in this regard. AT&T, on the other hand, has just released its first Android model, the Motorola BACKFLIP, and has crippled the handset so much it should be using a cane. First off, AT&T has removed the option that allows users to download non-Android Market apps onto the handset. This prevents BACKFLIP users from enjoying the recently released Swype beta that is now available for Android models. Most handsets using Googles open source OS have a option to allow for such apps to be installed. Also, the dozen or so apps that come out of the box from AT&T cannot be removed. With the limited amount of storage space on the BACKFLIP, not being able to delete certain apps is not helpful to the user at all. AT&T also has decided to replace Google's search with Yahoo. All together, the whole package cripples the BACKFLIP so much that you would expect to see Luke Wilson limp on the next AT&T commercial.

Motorola BACKFLIP Specifications | Hands-on

source: XDA-developers via AndroidandMe



1. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

hahaha! Now ATT customers know how it felt to be with VZW! At&t: a second rate company with third rate service.

7. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

EPIC FAIL! VZW has loosened its restrictions and ATT has tightened them.

16. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Apple is doing the same with the iPhone, and they're not even getting help from AT&T. HA! I see more articles about Apple dropping apps from the iPhone because they don't like them. It seems Verizon quit making the "koolaid" and sold the recipe to AT&T. Now there's blueberry "koolaid". :P

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

anyone still not think that Apple put some pressure on ATT for this crap? LOL. Cant have direct competition on the same carrier.. even on a middle of the road Android.. The whole ATT app thing is nothing new though. Each phone as crap software of somesort on there that u can remove unless you root it and put on a custom rom. Go ATT! Keep it up!! Tell us how you wanna move into 3rd place when you lose iphone exclusivity!! LOL.

25. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009


27. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009


29. ILOVEtechnology unregistered


33. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

no fuk u!!!

35. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

AT&T has 80 million people. They can reach like 3 times that. What does that mean if their network service is horrible? AT&T is slow and well, horrible. They should have never had the iPhone since their network clearly can't handle it. This andriod phone is actually one I would rather use as a paperweight at work than as a phone. Y the hell would you want to make this phone so stupid looking??? Someone else comment I agree with 2......"2nd rate company with third rate service"

41. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

ATT.. congrats on your BRICK FAIL

47. winja

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

and this pisses me off, i left vzw for just that reason, now im with at&t and they put the noose around my neck....WTF i got pwnd twice

2. chris2283

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 28, 2010

wow att why even come out with an android phone!!! nice try att you will never come close to being like verizon or t mobile if your kicking off your first android like this lol!!!!!! lloving my cliq with swype hahaha

3. spk

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

This is a sad thing to hear. c'mon AT&T, the whole point of having an Android device is to customize however you'd like. fail.

4. scottmbolt unregistered

Pathetic. Way to ruin an Android phone, AT&T!

5. bigakg

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Well the reason they crippled this phone is the Iphone, Why would they want a truly open source phone that can take away from Iphone sales. At&t dumb idea, you should not burn bridges this way it can come back to bite you.

12. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

or it's because they want kids buying at&t specific applications...

6. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

that's what happens when you stay in bed with apple.

17. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

yeah you get blue balls

38. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010


8. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

too many people on here are suffering from mydadcanbeatupyourdad syndrome.

11. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

it's the fanboyism..they like the taste of their wireless services kcoc...

9. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

i like my backflip

22. jil77

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 18, 2010

I dont have this phone. but people I've talked to that have it only say good things about it. Not sure why people that have not used the phone can have so many bad things to say about it. Its not supposed to be a high end phone. Why do people keep conpairing it to high end phones.

40. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

It has nothing to do with it being a good or a bad phone. Don't get me wrong, it's great if it's a good phone, but the thing people are having problems with is AT&T has taken away the main purpose of Android: open source and choice. Whereas with an Apple iPhone, you have to jailbreak it to unlock such functionality, the Android phones come with it out of the box. By taking away Android's greatest strength, they've alienated a lot of people that were really looking forward to the device.

43. jil77

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 18, 2010

As a consumer I see where you are coming from. But as a business I see what AT&T is doing. They just did something with the Iphone that noone has ever done, or wanted to do. (verizon said no) It worked great for them and it still is working great for them. Why would that not try to repeat the samething with other phones. The most people want simple, that what make the Iphone work so good. Right or wrong, thats why I can understand what they are doing, and why they are doing it.

10. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Simple, get a Nexus ONE when it becomes available w/ att 3G frequencies. BTW, this is why unlocked handsets are the way to go...just saying.

13. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I sure they have a good reason why they did it it might bite someone in the end, those how have verizon stop complaining it don't make since to complain if you don't have the

14. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

fanboys will find a way to complain about something... in the end it's business, at&t and vzw are banking, w/ the majority of their consumer base not knowing anything about OS's, meaning they can do w/e to the phones they carry, and the average customer will think that's just the way it is....

21. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

this is totally true.... but for the rest of us in the know... just wait for someone on modmymoto or the similar to root the backflip and put a custom cooked up rom or ported over 2.0/2.1 on it and its all good...

24. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Amen homie i agree

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