In today’s market, one of the selling points of our high-end phones is the memory inside. Specifically, people want more memory; memory that they can use to store their music, their games, pictures, and whatever else they want. It’s part of the industry now, and people expect there to be more memory than they probably need always available. Of course, as anyone who has ever used a device with a fixed amount of memory on board, such as any one of the webOS-based devices, or an iPhone, then you know that you don’t actually get all of the memory they say you do. It’s very likely that you’ll never gain access to a full gig of memory, due to the resources already taken up even before you take the phone out of the box.
Of course, this isn’t anything to get really worked up about. It’s not like you’re losing out on two, three, or five gigabytes of memory. No, it’s usually negligible and some people may not even realize they’re missing anything at all. When there is bloatware involved people start to notice. Just having less memory right out of the gate is one thing, but to actually show the end user why they don’t have as much memory as they’d like with random applications on their device that they may never use, well, that’s something entirely different.
Bloatware is generally despised by anyone who comes across it. While there may be one, maybe two applications that some folks don’t mind having on their phone, it’s when the carrier and manufacturers start throwing in a ton of different applications onto their handsets that things start to get hairy. After all, if you start throwing too much bloatware on there, then the device itself can actually start to run sluggishly. And no one wants their brand new phone to not work as properly as it should.
So it’s good news that Sprint is going to make it a lot easier, downright possible, to let the end user remove bloatware as they see fit. This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a huge move for Sprint. And, let’s face it; it’s a move that everyone wants all of the other wireless carriers to follow. Putting the bloatware on the phone is fine, but gives the person who purchased the device the option to remove unnecessary or unwanted applications from their phone. If you have an Android phone, then you know that rooting the device will give you some options to remove that bloatware, but if the carriers give you the option right from the start, then rooting the device may not be necessary.
So will the other carriers follow suit? It seems to be that many believe T-Mobile will do the same thing at some point, but the conversation regarding AT&T and Verizon seem to be a bit bleaker. It would be a good thing that should go without saying, so if Sprint will listen to their subscribers, maybe the other carriers will do the same thing. If the subscribers speak out loud enough, perhaps Verizon and AT&T and T-Mobile, and even the regional carriers, will start listening. We know they’ve got at least a couple of ears to the ground, so there’s always a chance that something changes.
Beyond allowing the end user to remove bloatware, if you had the ability to talk directly to someone who could change some things around within the wireless carrier’s tactics here in the States, what would you ask for? Cheaper phones? Faster network upgrades? I’m curious to see what you would ask the carriers for, given the opportunity to ask for anything. Let me know in the comments below.