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Wondering if Your Phone has Carrier IQ Software? This App Will Let You Check

As Verizon customers, this Carrier IQ fiasco isn’t something that you necessarily need to worry about. Big Red has made it clear that they do not use the software to track data, unlike the other major U.S. carriers:  AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Are they using some other type of tracking software? That’s anyone’s guess, but until it’s proven that they do, we will do our best to not jump to conclusions.

For those of you that are curious about CIQ and whether or not your phone has the software installed, an app has been created that will run a simple test to check (not reliable though?). As you can see in the picture above, my HTC Thunderbolt came back with a score of “0” meaning there were no traces of CIQ software found. Down below, I also ran the test on my RAZR and Galaxy Nexus – both returning with scores of zero.

So if you have any friends with non-Verizon phones, be sure to let them know that this app is available for them to test with. And if it does come back a detection score greater than zero, that they may want to consider tossing on a customer ROM that has removed CIQ software. 

 

Anyone else ready for this to be over with?

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Via:  lifehacker

Cheers Keith!

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  • Whistleblower

    “Not on Verizon”

    Motorola’s bootloader policy doesn’t seem suspicious to any of you? Or the fact they won’t release the entire source? Don’t be ridiculous.

  • Ruffo Nicholas

    I got 100 percent on my rezound. Guess they do use carrier iq.

  • Marty

    I found out about this app earlier today and ran the app.  I’m Verizon and no Carrier IQ was found on my phone either.

  • STiK

    I’m sending a complaint to Verizon telling them that they need to use this on our phones.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net Chase Johnson

    all clean on my R2D2

  • PAJ

    I have a Bionic so don’t have to worry about my personal data being collected by Verizon as I most often don’t have a reliable data connection :-P

    • Anonymous

      I feel your pain!!!!!!   and love the comment!

  • Paranoid

    How do you know this app wasn’t made by Carrier IQ!?

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding? We’re talking about supercurio here.

  • Whett Phartz

    I have wrapped tin foil around my phone just to be on the safe side. 

  • Customer

    A customer ROM?  Is that free for being a customer on one of those crappy networks?

  • Keith Sumner

    Cheers, Droid Life!

  • Anonymous

    VZW doesn’t use Carrier IQ, but they don’t say they don’t use a similar/like software product.

    • Whistleblower

      That’s because their flagship devices by Motorola hide it in the bootloader.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    This would be the perfect app & platform for being a trojan or bad app as people scramble to download it and run it to see if they have the bad Carrier IQ software running and then POW… they gotcha

    just sayin

  • Anonymous

    Verizon has said they don’t use carrierIQ but I’ve seen devs state otherwise.

    • Anonymous

      a dead IP address at carrierIQ pointing to some URL that has DEMO in it only concludes they may at some point they may have (and probably logically) made a pitch to Verizon or had some type of trial, but no Verizon phone has turned up active software. Also there would be pretty serious legal ramifications for the SVP of Communications to come out and LIE bold face to say they don’t use it. Verizon is shady, but not that stupid. 

      They don’t use it. Whether or not they use something similar is anyone’s guess.

      • Whistleblower

        *cough* moto bootloader *cough*

    • Anonymous

      U confused bro?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

    For me it is no big deal if they are(I have nothing to hide), but still it is nice to know

  • Mack

    Assuming we can trust that Verizon doesn’t use Carrier IQ, most that frequent this site don’y have anything to worry about. That said, I’m still going to run this in my DX2 just to try and add to my piece of mind. 

  • Daniel Simpson

    Carrier IQ isn’t on Verizon.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      yep, a simple google search would answer this and allow you to avoid some other app to download