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

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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50 Comments

28. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Shelling out top dollar for an unlocked phones has its own merits. F* u sprint.

16. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

After reading this, I wonder how the Sprint, Essential phone, Andy Rubin combo will work I guess the KEYone/Sprint combo makes sense for a business if you don't travel more than a 10 mile radius of your base and you have fantastic service at your base. Meaning that you can see all of the Sprint towers in the 10 miles,...even then... My neighbor put a new roof on his business and then he had to install an antenna to get Sprint reception indoors. It was a metal roof.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hate this crap, Samsung is also notorious for allowing this crap. Bloatware sucks...flat out.

12. Subie

Posts: 2465; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Agreed. And Samsung is probably big enough to stand up to the carriers on their own regarding this. I've been saying for a long time that the rest of the OEM's need to unite together against carrier branded software on their devices. But I just don't see it happening. This is one of the biggest things that Apple's done right IMO. Not letting the carriers to push them around is just one of the reasons why the iPhone's been so successful. Again this is my humble opinion.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with your entire comment, Subie. +1.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on Subie. I love that about Apple. +1

35. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I agree. Samsung should have more than enough clout to stand up to the carriers and just say no. A lot of the bloatware is useless garbage and it's already bad enough with Samsung putting their own tramp stamp on some of the already available Android services.

34. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

But you were saying that they can do no wrong.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

You mean like you do with Apple?

41. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

No, I mean like you do with blackberry.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, you meant like you do with Apple. I've called BlackBerry out before for their wrongdoings, and can provide links to back that up. Post a link of you ever calling Apple out for their wrongdoings. Don't worry, I'll wait while you deflect because you can't provide what doesn't exist.

47. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You mean like that time I forced you to call blackberry out because of adhesivegate?

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

Post a link proving it and stop deflecting and running around the issue. Or are you ready to admit that you can't supply a link to prove that, either?

9. foreverNOOB

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

So disgusting...

7. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

This one of the reasons why I support fully unlocked phones that have support for ALL carrier bands. Notice how I said BANDS, not GSM or CDMA. That way if Sprint pulled this bs, then you could take that same phone to another carrier and not deal with this. Fact.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 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.

8. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you, MDCHO.

31. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Of course you agree with yourself.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 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....

39. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 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.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 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.

45. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 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

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 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.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move bro.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 23048; Member since: May 28, 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.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said.

20. Subie

Posts: 2465; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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

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