T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom will eliminate carrier bloatware

T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom will eliminate carrier bloatware
Carrier bloatware is a "thing." It is made up of those apps branded by your carrier that are installed on your new phone right out of the box. And most of the time, these apps cannot be deleted, although some can be hidden. Well, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom (65% owner of the Un-carrier) is doing something about the bloat. On the German telecom giant's blog, the company announced that it is eliminating pre-installed apps and presets for its Android phones.

Instead, Deutsche Telekom announced a five-step plan that will enable a Telekom phone buyer to set up a new handset with the apps he/she wants on it after the initial setup is complete:

  • You use your Telekom SIM and start the device. After switching on the smartphone for the first time, you will go through the manufacturer's initial setup.
  • Later on, you'll see our recommended telecom applications either during setup or afterwards (depending on the smartphone model).
  • Select the applications you want to install.
  • Immediately after completing the setup process (which may also include a reboot), you will be asked if you want to receive notifications and automatic updates to installed apps.
  • The selected applications of Telekom and our partners can now be found on your home screen.

Right now, T-Mobile has not adopted the program used by it's corporate parent. However, knowing president and CEO John Legere's predilection to erase consumer pain points, we wouldn't be surprised to see this become the subject of the wireless operator's next Un-carrier announcement.

source: DeutscheTelekom (translated)



1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

hopefully other carriers will follow T-Mobile

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

'Bout frickin' time!!

3. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Great, now just make the bootloaders unlockable!

6. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

With everyone veying for mobile payments and security, I highly doubt unlockable bootloaders will ever be implemented by any of the carriers ever again.

4. emvxl

Posts: 141; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Verizon, can you hear that now?

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Here's a question. Why does carrier include their bloatware only on Android devices and not on iOS devices? (Correct me if iPhone's too have it.Never got a carrier device.)

7. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Apple doesn't allow it.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Then why does Android OEM's allow it?

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