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Old 07-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Angry Carrier privilege overkill

Here's the list of privileges my carriers's SIMcard app is granted in my GS3 (GT-I9300, retail):



Yesterday the SIMcard app took my phone out of sleep, in the middle of the night, and planted a service offer dialog, bottomed by two big buttons, ACCEPT / CANCEL, right thru my lock screen, quite dimly. It wouldn't go back to sleep before I'd hit the CANCEL button.

This also happened to my daughter's iPhone (same carrier, VIVO), and ended up draining her battery almost completely by the morning.

Hadn't I noticed that, I could end up buying some service I didn't want, by accidentally touching the ACCEPT button.

How come something like that happens? There's no way to disable the app (disable button in app manager is grayed out).

Is there a way to get around this without rooting? I'd rather keep my phone a sandbox as it is.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Re: Carrier privilege overkill

That really sucks! The owner of the phone should akways have control over apps. This reminds me of DVD/BR players that dont let you skip previews. Just plain rude.

Big issue IMO is our lack of control over how our apps connect to the web and what data they transport. Many times i've installed a useful app only to discover it wants to phone home or point me to additional services i dont want.

Have you tried asking your carrier if theres an opt-out option?
I'd be interested to know if your agreement with them included allowing them to do this?
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:56 AM   #3
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Re: Carrier privilege overkill

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Have you tried asking your carrier if theres an opt-out option?
I'd be interested to know if your agreement with them included allowing them to do this?
No opt-out option, as in Brazil there are NO CONTRACTS to be signed when one applies to a prepay line. The agreement is the law, and the law is negligent regarding this (the last amendment came probably before smartphones were there).

Looks like I'll have to build an AOSP 4.3 port to my GS3 if none come out:

Android 4.3 Includes Hidden App Permissions Manager That Could Bolster Privacy Security | TechCrunch
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Re: Carrier privilege overkill

Can somebody post his/her SIMcard app's privileges here for comparing?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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Re: Carrier privilege overkill

Time to change carriers if that is the case! If any UK networks done that over here, they would have no customers left very fast!
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Re: Carrier privilege overkill

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Time to change carriers if that is the case! If any UK networks done that over here, they would have no customers left very fast!
We have less competition in the US, IIRC. And it worse then that since AT&T and Verizon have the most towers by far and form, essentially, a duopoly. Cable is better, but the bulk of customers are split between Comcast and Time Warner.
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