Oh... so that's why Sony disables its fingerprint scanners in the USA
by Preslav Kateliev / Feb 28, 2017, 5:56 AM
Seeing that everyone in this market is vying for the attention of every single customer, we did believe that Sony isn't ignorant of customer wishes and current trends in smartphones. No, something behind the curtains is amiss, and there are legal reasons for Sony not revealing its true motives.
Sony Mobile US' head of marketing for North America, Don Mesa, spoke with Android Central on the issue, and finally shed some light on it. Basically, at some point in recent years, Sony Mobile did a deal with an undisclosed US carrier, and apparently, the contract had a weird clause or two in it. Now, it is unknown whether this deal is still ongoing or if it was terminated, but in any case, Sony is currently legally barred from selling smartphones with functioning fingerprint scanners in the USA.
Naturally, the company had a choice — either disable the biometric sensor, or don't sell your flagships in the US at all. It picked the lesser evil.
However, since one isn't exactly allowed to discuss and disclose details about such major deals, Sony obviously can't come out and say “Sorry guys, X made us do it”, and its image suffers. How long will this limitation last? As of right now, we have no idea.
There you have it. Are you mad at Sony a little less now, or are you too busy thinking “Who would sign such a contract?!”?
source: Android Central
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Who would be so dumb to sign such a contract in the first place? sounds like what a company like htc would have done tbh..
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 6:07 AM 8
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Who would do something like that? Someone still doing unhealthy competition practices.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 6:12 AM 9
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you obviously never deal with big retailers, they know you need them and they will make you suffer for that, that is why there are laws against monopolies so the big companies have competition that keeps them as much as possible inside fair policies.
posted on Nov 28, 2017, 2:52 PM 0
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They were only really selling devices on T-Mobile so I wonder...
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 6:23 AM 0
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Fingerprint "security" is the worst idea in the history of security. Non-revocable credentials are the opposite of secure. If you lose your phone, your fingerprints are ON it, and are easily lifted and duplicated. Then they have access to your phone, your email, and 2FA authentication method (whether email, SMS, or something like Google Authenticator). Don't be dumb - just say NO to using fingerprint scanners, people.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 6:43 AM 0
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indeed, there was a repport claiming that once your finger print is copied, you don't just change it you loose is all your life. again a stupid idea from Apple, they didn't invent it but they truly brought this stupid trend.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 7:03 AM 0
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That's a weird contract. Not sure I buy that 100%, but looks like Sony got screwed on that deal.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 8:25 AM 4
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After i read from gsmarena, Sony offers fingerprint as an exclusive feature for that carrier.. but alas, none came up and Sony is still bound with such contract. can't imagine it will be there for more than 5 years tops.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 9:36 AM 1
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