When will they learn? The only thing that will come out of this is slightly ticked off customers (or potential customers) and a even larger drive by the hacking community to root the device and remove the 'rootkit'.
Somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if someone find a security vulnerability for malicious software.
No, this is about:
Customers potentially circumventing the OS to provide services not covered under contract (ways to tether)
Customers returning their handsets because they fried them whilst running runaway apps.
The second one is really the biggest concern because, ideally if this is an open source software, then you can argue in court that the carrier cannot prevent you from installing whatever you want. However, the carrier can and will say that the user is ultimately at fault. The biggest issue is when this runaway software cripples the emergency call functionality. Now we are talking some serious dollars.
We live in a litigious society and it's always someone else's fault.
reply to cornelius785
I doubt if it would matter with the average consumer.
The adventure continues...Sanctuary....