Motorola, T-Mobile explain their use of Carrier IQ softwareAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Last week we saw several companies respond to Senator Al Franken's inquiries about their use of Carrier IQ, and today we can add two more to the list: Motorola and T-Mobile. First up, Motorola reported that it installs Carrier IQ's software on four of its products — the Admiral, Atrix 2, Bravo and Titanium — and that at the end of the third quarter, around 145,000 of those Carrier IQ-packing handsets had been sold to carriers. However, a Motorola executive added that the company has no tools to track how many of those devices are in use or how they might be collecting information.
It's good to continue to see these companies continue to respond to Senator Franken's inquiries and shed some light on just how they use Carrier IQ's software. Although it remains to be seen if T-Mobile or any other firms will take a page out of Sprint's playbook and disable the software on its devices, these reports should at least help folks understand it better and perhaps be a little less worried about what it's doing. We'll keep you updated on the whole Carrier IQ situation as we get more.