A couple of things I have discovered:
1) these "enhancements" can actually be removed by deleting them from Options/Advanced Options/Service Book. however, every once in a while they will get reinstalled and you need to removed them again.
2) i question whether Verizon Wireless can actually push down these "enhancements" legally. i read the EULA from Verizon Wireless (»www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/glob ··· ment.jsp
) and am concerned particularly with this section:
"My Wireless Device
Your wireless device must comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations, be certified for use on our network, and be compatible with your Service. Please be aware that we may change your wireless device's software, applications or programming remotely, without notice. This could affect your stored data, or how you've programmed or use your wireless device. You don't own the software in any SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card that you may use with your Service. The SIM card software is licensed to you for use with the Service only, and we may change it remotely and without notice. If you bought a wireless device for Postpay Service from Verizon Wireless that doesn't use a SIM card, and you want to reprogram it for use with another wireless network, the default programming code is set to "000000" or "123456." But please note that your wireless device may not work with another wireless network, or the other wireless carrier may not accept your wireless device on its network. If you activate a wireless device for Prepaid Service, it can be used for Prepaid Service only during the first six months after activation and cannot be reprogrammed for use with any other carrier's wireless service even if it's no longer used to receive our Service."
Myself and a co worker (who has an HTC incredible with the same issues) read this as Verizon controls the SIM card and all software associated to it but not the device. My issue is the Blackberry Curve 8330 I own does not have a SIM card. I own the device and should have full control of all software associated. Verizon is violating their own contractual terms by doing this.
I do understand the point of view that Verizon should control what software has access to their network - and if they don't want to grant network access to something I install that is their call. But do not push down extra software on me, especially on a device that has only 96 mb of storage memory.
I just wanted to get other people's take on this - I will update how my pursuit of this with Verizon Wireless goes. i plan to be an annoyance --
Hike up your skirt a little more, and show your world to me.