BlackBerry Service Books: Providers Gone & Driving me MAD!
This is something that has been driving me mad for over a year now and I just keep taking it, accepting it. I haven’t seen it mentioned on the bigger blogs or my favorites out there: BlackBerryCool, CrackBerry, or even the Forums: HowardForums.
BlackBerry Service Books in particular from Providers is just getting out of hand.
Why is it I can opt OUT of email ads or sharing my email address to third party’s but I CANNOT limit what service books for 3rd party apps, or 2nd party apps get pushed to my phone?! Whats worse is this does NOT only affect the consumer space, but also the corporate space where Service Books get forced to devices upon battery pull or Host Routing Table (HRT) registration to the providers network; even with IT Policy’s blocking app installations (I think a few get through the restrictions).
For those of you out there that do heavy troubleshooting of BlackBerry’s or your own (application troubleshooting, or firmware upgrades), know just what I’m talking about. Hiding the Service Book icons that show up in your menu list in any particular theme does NOT remedy the situation when you do a battery pull (or QuickPull) or HRT Registration thereafter.
Whats even more Mindboggling is the fact that even with administrative access to the providers’ admin page they STILL cannot selectively remove which service books are pushed to your HH. You have to KEEP removing them! ARRGGH!!!
Tetris VPL [BrowserConfig], Mobile Backup VPL [BrowserConfig], VPL Telenav GPS Navigator [BrowserConfig], urMusic VPL [BrowserConfig], World Series of Poker 3 Demo VPL [BrowserConfig], Brain Challenge 2 Demo VPL [BrowserConfig], Brain Challenge 2 Demo VPL [BrowserConfig], Bubble Bash Demo VPL [BrowserConfig]. Yes that is 8 specific Service Books that Rogers Wireless pushes to your BlackBerry on every HRT Registration or Battery Pull.
Not to mention that about 2 of these also pushes down another service book or “piggy back” application installation demo after you download one of those listed above. Does your provider force spoon feed you this junk?! In NO WAY would I EVER use 7/8 of these … with only TeleNav getting a recognition headnod (yet I don’t need it).
Now of course this in NO WAY is pointed directly to RIM … however if RIM makes an adjustment for Consumers, and corporate purchased BlackBerry’s alike the ability to selectively remove which 3rd party service books are pushed to the devices this will a) improve end user experience, and b) improve what is offered by third party’s, possibly even have proper applications created and submitted in the App World storefront. Stop bombarding me with links, please Rogers (insert your BB provider here).
Of note you & I of course have already agreed to the digital agreement of using the BIS service, in particular outlined & quoted just below.
Still this service is offered by RIM and the conduits that make up the providers linked BIS Administration site are listed as pointing to rim’s owned portals “https://bwc.blackberry.net/BIS-E_Admin/” (that is not the FULL link btw, and will not work for those of you out there reading; yes I have access, NO I will NOT give it out, nor abuse it in ANY way (I respect ALL of you out there, and my own freedom).
Yeah so this NEEDS to change … and soon with consumers & corporate account holders/admins the ability to restrict out Full/Partial 3rd party service books pushes. Think of this as Ad control, not an Ad-Mob’ing you 😉 .
Those of you out there, please comment how you feel and also right an email to RIM’s feedback to voice your opinion or concerns of how 3rd party service books annoy you, or if you enjoy them.
Cheers & party hard this weekend.