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Sprint app continuously re-installs and enables bloatware on the BlackBerry KEYone?

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SprintID continually monitors bloatware on the KEYone and automatically re-installs missing apps

SprintID continually monitors bloatware on the KEYone and automatically re-installs missing apps

If you've been thinking about buying the BlackBerry KEYone in the U.S., you can pick it up unlocked from BlackBerry's online store. Another option is to buy the carrier-branded variant from Sprint. The latter is the only one of the four major U.S. wireless operators to have a carrier branded model of the KEYone available. The keyboard, which doubles as a trackpad, allows each key to be used twice as a shortcut. Overall, we'd say that the KEYone physical QWERTY tops other outstanding physical keyboards from BlackBerry's past, including the one on the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

One bad thing about buying the KEYone from Sprint is that you'll have to put up with the carrier bloatware added to the Android OS by the nation's fourth largest carrier. Sprint subscribers who have purchased the KEYone have been complaining about a large number of apps being automatically installed on their handset. These apps cannot be removed, nor can they even be permanently disabled.

Every so often, the SprintID system app runs through the bloatware listings on the KEYone. If it detects that certain apps such as Amazon, Audible, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Lookout (to name a few) are missing or disabled, the apps are automatically re-installed or enabled. In other words, even if you remove or disable the bloatware, Sprint makes sure that they return.

To be fair, we should point out that not all Sprint KEYone owners have reported seeing missing bloatware magically return, leaving some hope that SprintID is merely experiencing problems from a bug. Otherwise, we would have to assume that Sprint is being nasty about its bloatware, making sure that these unwanted apps continue to re-install in perpetuity.

source: Reddit via AndroidPolice

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posted on 13 Aug 2017, 04:47

1. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 390; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


Awesome.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 05:44

2. toukale (Posts: 127; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)


OMG!! what a time to be alive.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 06:12 10

3. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2206; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Thank God I'm not restricted with carriers. They're such a pain in the ass. Buy unlocked or bust.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 15:40 1

21. Bernoulli (Posts: 4330; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Or, buy used from carrier (generally dirt cheap), flash an unlocked, custom ROM and you're set.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 02:14 1

26. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 298; Member since: 01 May 2017)


Yeah because the average mobile customer knows all about custom roms which also voids warranties...

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 11:03

29. Bernoulli (Posts: 4330; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No but the average customer isn't on this website either so it's obviously not directed towards them.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 07:24

4. MrShazam (Posts: 320; Member since: 22 Jun 2017)


The devil is always in the details. If you're purchasing the device on a contract, this is probably another way for Sprint to offset the cost.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 09:32 1

6. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


They don't do contracts anymore.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 02:16 1

27. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 298; Member since: 01 May 2017)


You're signing on to pay for something for 2 years. Yeah it's a contract without saying it is.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 19:42

30. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Not like the contracts from before.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 07:49 10

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


One of the reasons why I tend to buy my devices GSM unlocked, so I don't have to deal with carrier bloat crap, even for a device as good as the BlackBerry KEYone.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 09:51 8

8. MDCHO (Posts: 482; Member since: 28 Jul 2016)


Agree with you, Meanestgenius. Some OEM like BlackBerry, Nokia and few others make phone variant that support all GSM bands. The world is big place, not just one country is important, like some people believe. Some country require that you make smartphone specific in their country. GSM network is predominant worldwide, unlike soon to be dead CDMA network.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 12:25 4

13. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree with you, MDCHO.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 19:42

31. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Of course you agree with yourself.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 23:28

36. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Prove that MDCHO and I are the same person like I proved that you're mxyzptlk. And by proof I mean post a link with me admitting to be MDCHO like you admitted that you're mxyzptlk right here:

posted on26 May 2017, 19:36in response to #59ReportReply
91. Flash (Posts: 249; Member since: 19 May 2017)
I never said I wasn't Mxy.

That was from here:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-releases-iOS-10.3.2-update-with-bug-fixes-security-improvements-and-a-severe-battery-drain_id94441/comments/page/4

Don't worry, I'll wait....

posted on 3 days ago, 11:07

39. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Prove that you aren't MDCHO because you are the one who admitted to having aliases in order to fight the good fight. The only reason why you are denying it is because you were exposed and you don't want darkkmite to cast you out.

posted on 3 days ago, 11:53

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lmao! Now you're just deflecting because I provided solid proof that you're mxyzptlk, and you can't dispute it. You made the accusation of me being MDCHO when I'm not, so the burden of proof is on you. I made the accusation that you're mxyzptlk, so the burden of proof was on me, and I delivered with my comment #36. And I have more proof that you're mxyzptlk right here:

posted on24 May 2017, 16:55in response to #70
71. meanestgenius (Posts: 16626; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Lol, The cowardly keyboard warrior named mxyzptlk that's hiding behind a new faux account because I made him deactivate his primary mxyzptlk troll account is calling someone else a keyboard warrior. What irony and protection. Just stfu and accept the fact that I've won because I made you deactivate your Tony_Stark and mxyzptlk troll accounts.
posted on25 May 2017, 14:48in response to #71
74. Flash (Posts: 1452; Member since: 19 May 2017)
Dude, you didn't make me deactivate anything. I've been wanting to deactivate it for a while and pull an Alik, but I'm not going to allow you to sling mud behind my back. You don't realize how pathetic you really sound right now.

That was from here:https://www.phonearena.com/news/TCL-sees-plenty-of-interest-in-the-BlackBerry-KEYone_id94213/comments?post=1652978#post_1652978

See how easy it was for me to get you to admit that you're mxyzptlk? Now that's what you call solid proof. You admitting with your new troll account that you're mxyzptlk. Lmao! You need me to post some more links about you admitting to multiple accounts, further proving that you're a trolling fanboy idiot, and that's why darkk kicked you to the curb?

I'll wait right here while you deflect, project, post links that don't have me admitting to any BS that you claim, or simply ignore this comment altogether because you're busted, and I'm the one that made you confess.

posted on 2 days ago, 17:56

45. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Lol lol lol. Let me lol some more. You just don't get it do you, son? You're getting played. I'm pulling your strings. You are the one who is obsessed about it. You are clearly the only one who is in doubt, but don't let me stop you from being a tool. Please continue to do so because it's giving me a good laugh, at your expense of course.

You have made me do nothing. The only thing you've done is get put in your place. But I suppose that's why you continue to hover around darkkmite like a little mutt. You need darkkmite to help you defend against me lol. That explains it all. You realize how outclassed you are, so you turn to that buffoon for help. Lol, it's so freaking hilarious.

Lol you don't realize how much I'm laughing at you right now, alphageek.

Oh yeah, you are alphageek. You continue to deny it because you are a troll, but I already know the truth.

#Smackdown

posted on 2 days ago, 18:30

50. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Keep on deflecting from the facts that I just posted. It's hilarious watching you reach for excuse after excuse while you can't disprove what I'm saying.

Keep projecting. It amuses me to end. Especially the way you stalk darkk to no end with your ridiculous "no mercy" crap. You're the biggest joke on the internet.

You don't realize how much you amuse me with your deflection and lies, Mxyflashmxy2starkmite.

Oh yeah, you are mxyflashmxy2starkmite, the biggest troll on this site. You try in vain to deny it, but absolutely no one believes you, because everyone knows the truth, and that's why darkk, ted, maherk, and about 20 others here have recently and routinely call you out for your multiple troll accounts.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 11:28 4

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 24996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart move bro.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 12:25 5

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Yeah darkk, carrier bloat from any carrier that can't be removed sucks.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 14:10 3

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 24996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Why won't they just let us remove what we don't want? In my case, that would be all of it

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 14:39 4

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 16725; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, yeah. Agreed. I'm sure it's the price they pay for doing business with the carriers, but they really should work out a deal where it can be removed or at least, disabled.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 18:02 1

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 24996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 15:36 1

20. Subie (Posts: 1338; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Hey darkk, when the Note 8 comes out why not just order it factory unlocked directly from Samsung.com?

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 15:55 2

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 24996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm thinking of doing that. AT&T has a ton of bloatware too. My only incentive with AT&T, is the Next plan. I plan to buy outright though.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 16:05

23. Subie (Posts: 1338; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Ah, I get it. No doubt the device is going to be amazing though. Carrier branded or not.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 18:02

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 24996; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes sirrrr

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 19:43

32. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


That makes too much sense.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 19:44

33. Flash (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 May 2017)


No it's not.

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