- 11-29-2012, 11:35 AM #1
I haven't seen this brought up yet and there seems to be discrepancies.
Does anyone know what this feature is dependent on? Location, Carrier.. etc? Just like Group Messaging missing on Verizon, this setting seams to only be in specific phones.
On my HTX 8X from Verizon, there isn't a setting to change the search provider. Why would a setting like this be excluded from certain phones?
- 11-29-2012, 12:10 PM #4
Verizon and Microsoft made a deal several years ago which even added Bing as the default search engine on BlackBerry and some Android devices. Perhaps this is part of the VZW/Microsoft deal http://support.verizonwireless.com/i...ingupdate.html
- 11-29-2012, 12:35 PM #6
Verizon DSL/FiOS at one time offered subscribers either a Verizon Yahoo or Verizon MSN homepage/webmail. I believe those have since been discontinued, but legacy customers might still have them.
All of the carriers have offered various exclusives to wireless customers, not based upon the phone platform. For instance, Sprint had a football app for a while that was not available to customers at AT&T, VZW, or T-Mobile.
- 11-29-2012, 12:52 PM #7
But usually exclusives give you something that others can't get. In this case, they are taking away features that everyone else can get. The thing is, there probably isn't a single person at Verizon or Microsoft that has knowledge of this. Companies should not be able to do things like this without people knowing.
- 11-29-2012, 12:56 PM #8
There have been a lot of those types of exclusives that have restricted customers' usage, unfortunately.
I had BlackBerrys from AT&T in the past. AT&T wanted customers to pay for their AT&T Navigator app, so they disabled BlackBerry Maps.
Verizon also used to disable GPS on BlackBerry unless customers used VZW's apps.
- 11-29-2012, 01:17 PM #10
There is too much control in the cellular world. Features like this should always be consistent across all devices. Verizon is a company that provides services. They shouldn't be able to modify the phone in anyway other than to work properly with their service. The business world would be a much better place with this approach.
I cannot wait for the next step in technology to come and render these cellular companies obsolete.
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