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Submission + - Carrier forcing firmware update on Android Users (

Wolfier writes: It seems that "Customer Safety" only becomes a concern after months of negligence. An Android firmware bug that prevented users from making 911 calls under certain situations were fixed and informed to the only GSM carrier in Canada — Rogers Wireless — months ago by a customer (there's a link to a recording of the call on the forum), but they're only doing something now — by cutting data access of paying customers until they update to a mandatory firmware by Rogers — that doesn't only have the feature fixed, but also contains those "extra" features that prevents users from ever gaining root access of their phones — even non-subsidized ones. Did I mention that some phones are also bricked by this "official" update?

Conclusion: we really need opening up the competition here up North.

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