Verizon wants to monitor your smartphone usage, offers rewards in exchange

Verizon wants to monitor your smartphone usage, offers rewards in exchange
Remember the Carrier IQ pandemonium and how wireless carriers were accused of snooping on us? Yeah, good thing that the controversial piece of software turned out to be less harmful than initially thought. After all, nobody likes having their personal data being secretly accessed by someone else. If the user is aware of such intervention, however, and if they are even getting rewarded for cooperating, then that's a whole different story.

Verizon Selects is a newly announced initiative that will analyze a subscriber's behavior by logging their location, web browsing statistics and usage of mobile data. Note that users won't be signed up automatically – instead, those who wish to join have to opt-in manually. In exchange, participating users will receive "a coupon or some other form of reward, most likely from a popular retailer". However, they will also be receiving ads – advertisements that the carrier finds suitable, based on the statistical data collected about the particular subscriber. These ads may be sent in the form of an email, text message, mobile ad, or even the plain old postal mail. Verizon clarifies that it will not share information revealing user identity to third parties. 

And that, in a nutshell, is what Verizon Selects is – a way for the carrier to analyze how subscribers use their mobile devices so that advertisers can target them with the right ads. What do you think about the whole idea, and is anyone willing to join? Let us know down in the comments!

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15 Comments

1. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The fact that they're going to give the customers something in compensation is a good incentive, however we don't know the specifics of the compensation. If it's a discount off the bill then I would sign up for it but I doubt that will happen.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thanks but no thanks. I root so I can have no ads EVER. I root because I want all the BS Bloat that Verizon pushes on me REMOVED. I root because I want total control over my device & I want Verizon to be a carrier & only a carrier. Unless they are giving me $1,000.00 per every 6 months I will have to say an emphatic NO! I don't want Verizon or any carrier to be in my business or monitor anything I do PERIOD. lol

8. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I think thats the main consensus for everyone no matter what carrier they have. I dont need my carrier to "keep an eye" on what I do. I moved out of my moms house YEARS AGO to prevent her from dictating what I do and i expect my carrier to do the same

13. metalpoet unregistered

Count me in! :)

2. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

yea i would be interested in this also but of course the major question remains....how much of a coupon do we get, how many can we get, how long would it take to get one...i cant wait for more details to emerge...

3. FastKatt

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2011

I'd be interested in this, if the pay-out is worth it... I have 4 phones on my acct, I'm sure I could rack-up the rewards quickly.

5. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Not me I don't want Verizon or anyone else poking there nose in my business. It's called respect and privacy.

6. whythename

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

How about the fact that Wireless is a paid service. If they gave it to you for free but had ad revenue to support it, thats one thing. The fact that most people pay $70+ a month for service should garauntee none of this funny business. Plain and simple this is verizon being greedy. "Coupons for a third party retailer Oh joy, plelase enroll me so I can save $5 Dollars a month off my wal mart purchases." - Idiot who thinks this is a good deal

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Exactly. They're raking in record profits but they still need to nickel and dime their customers. Now they're trying to squeeze blood from a penny. Each day of this brings me closer and closer to another carrier.

9. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

N-O....

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

nahhh! i don't think i want Verizon to know how much i've been tethering lately... xD

11. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I think that it could be a good Idea if it is done right. If users could opt in for a specified closed-ended amount of time, with an option to re-enlist, be given a just compensation for their data, and opting for ads could mean more compensation, then I think, under this basic framework, it could work. I also think that the data should be protected from intrusion by companies, employees, nosy parents, and, of course, the government. If the data is sold, I would want to have the final say in what is sold, to whom, and I expect to get a cut. Also, I think that there should be no negative consequences related to what they find (ex. when they would find I commit borderline treason regularly). The user should also be able to easily terminate the monitoring. Knowing Verizon, after 6-9 months, they will make you pay for the "service" and have it automatically enabled on all new devices forcing those who do not wish to be monitored to opt out instead of those who want it opting in.

12. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

i want to join in

14. juboci

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 11, 2008

Hell Yes count me in. Verizon can poke there business into mine and I don't care. They won't find anything. Send my $100 monthly check to my home address

15. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

VZW HAS THEIR FACES IN MY WALLET. THAT'S ENOUGH! 500 EVERY QUARTER, MAYBE i SPREAD MY LEGS TO GET EFFED A LIL MORE BY BIG RED.

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