View Poll Results: Is Sprint ID a rootkit or a useful tool?

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  • Rootkit - they have no right to force me to keep optional software

    2 22.22%
  • Useful tool - I like the ability to easily change themes

    0 0%
  • Just use another launcher/UI replacement (suggestions)

    2 22.22%
  • Go ahead and root it!

    1 11.11%
  • Meh, I like pie.

    4 44.44%
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    Question Opinions wanted: Sprint ID - illegal rootkit, or beneficial tool?

    I bought my Sprint GSII E4GT back in October from Newegg when it could be had for $149. When I opened the box and went through the setup instructions, the instructions seemed to imply that installing Sprint ID was a required part of getting the phone activated.

    Needless to say, I learned almost immediately afterwards that Sprint ID is completely optional, and I would just as well have not installed it. My GF just bought the white model at an actual Sprint store, and they didn't bother with Sprint ID when they activated it for her.

    I think I prefer the way my GF's phone runs more than my own, and I pretty much attribute it to Sprint ID.

    The problem is, I've known for some time now that Sprint ID cannot be uninstalled. Well, at least not without rooting the phone, which I hear would void my warranty.

    How it is that optional software cannot be uninstalled, I will never understand.

    So, my question to the masses is:
    • Does the fact that Sprint ID cannot be uninstalled constitute a (possibly illegal) rootkit (a'la Sony's PR debacle a few years ago), or
    • do you find it to be actually useful and are OK with the inability to uninstall it?
    Last edited by ackthbbft; 03-01-2012 at 03:54 PM. Reason: Body text correction
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    Default Re: Opinions wanted: Sprint ID - illegal rootkit, or beneficial t

    I don't quite understand. Sprint ID is on her phone as well. Can't you just turn it off and go back to stock? I've never wanted to use Sprint ID so I have no clue how it works.

    To answer your question, no it is not a rootkit. It is essentially a built in launcher replacement, that falls into the category that many call "bloatware". The fact that Sprint actually lets the user uninstall even some of the pre-installed software is a step in the right direction and goes further than other carriers.
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    Default Re: Opinions wanted: Sprint ID - illegal rootkit, or beneficial t

    If you want to switch to the stock launcher go to settings > applications > manage applications > twlauncher > clear defaults. Then exit settings and push the home button, now select twlauncher(check set as default if you want to stay).
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    Default Re: Opinions wanted: Sprint ID - illegal rootkit, or beneficial t

    I swapped back to Twlauncher and uninstalled all sprint Id updates, and noticed a speed improvement. The Locke screen responds better to my touch, and the little lag that was there is gone. It seems sprint id isn't worth the loss of CPU

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