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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SystemsLock, May 9, 2010.

  1. SystemsLock

    SystemsLock Active Member
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    Alright so I'm sure you've all seen the "City ID" app. It comes preinstalled on the phone with a 15-day trial. When that is up, it bugs you about paying for a subscription (a whopping $1.99 a month to tell you where someones area code is). There is no way to remove it... ever... without rooting the phone. I honestly was under the (crazy) belief that somehow Android was different. Apparently no one is safe from evil corporate marketing.

    *sigh* The cellphone revolution.
     

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  2. krs128

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    yea the only negative thing about the phone is you cant remove the apps that came pre installed... i have no need for the twitter app, but cant remove it.. i hope there is a way to at least stop cityID from annoying you to purchase it
     
  3. kibble

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    I read in another thread that someone posted about having spoken to a rep for CityID and they said that after 15 days, you have the option of saying no and it won't prompt you again.
     
  4. alison03

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    yeah I'm not a fan of the uninstallable apps. I don't use a lot of them yet my screen feels cluttered with useless apps (for me).
     
  5. flatstick96

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    I did not know about this, but I think it's stupid beyond belief. Is this something that, if enough people complain about it, could be changed to "removeable" at some point?
     
  6. SystemsLock

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    Yeah I'm going to complain.

    Annoying tech support people is a great way to let off steam.
     
  7. Plumrt

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    OK, not THE answer, but this is good!
    1)Make and name a folder on a blank sceen(screen)
    2)Add as many of the PROGRAMS to it as you want(only programs work-but, that's what you're talking about)
    3)Just drag out programs to the screen. Drag them back in or remove them as you like.
    4) If you dont like scrolling down the list in your folder-make another , and another folder untill you are happy.
    So, you'll be able to move folders and programs around.............
    And, you will not have to go into the main apps screen and scroll...........
     
  8. mikeydingo

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    city id is really annoying and it doesn't even get the correct city when my friends are calling
     
  9. Reddog80p

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    I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish but as far as I understand the op wants to remove the apps from the app drawer so he/she cannot see the apps they do not wish to have. Creating another folder will simply move the app to another folder and create another icon for the same unwanted program. I don't see why someone would want to go into a folder to use apps and bypass the simple scrollable app drawer. I've never even opened the app cityID nor really care to. It don't use resources afaik, the fact that it is there is a minor annoyance at best.
     
  10. SystemsLock

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    It's not just city ID, there is a ton of default apps I want to remove.

    It's also a matter of principle. I was sold this phone under the idea that it was open source and free to modify. Sure it's just one app now but how long will it be before they take the next step?

    As far as I'm concerned I bought the phone thus the phone is mine. The hardware and all the little 0s and 1s are mine. If I feel the need to create, alter, or destroy any part of that then its mine to do (within the extent of copyright restrictions).

    How would you feel if you bought a coffee mug from Starbucks but you later find out that your only allowed to use it with Starbucks coffee? I don't understand why something that isn't acceptable in the real world is considered fine and appropriate in the mobile phone industry. It's antitrust if you ask me.
     
  11. jamor

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    Yes we are aware their are about 1,000 posts already on the matter.
     
    NNN and wonderbread like this.
  12. acipollo

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    What's funny is a lot of phones have area code and city look up built in. And out of all the programs that do that, I'm surprised they picked that particular one.
     
  13. Plumrt

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    WELL..............I wouldn't make another icon for the same unwanted program- that is exactly what I am NOT talking about. Why would you want to do that?
    If, like OP, you are trying to ignore the unwanted apps, what I proposed is the next best thing to removing them permanently. I thought it was obvious that if I DON'T want to see an app then I DON'T add it to my newly created folder.
    So, now DON'T use the universal menu to launch programs.

    Hey, I totally agree with OP
    I will eventually root, but untill then can't you just be happy whith what we got?
     
  14. cdodge

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    This is an HTC thing and not Android. My Imagio had it but my Droid did not.

    Still wish we could remove it though :(
     
  15. Plumrt

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    Yes, but Incredible gives me :)
     
  16. MrSmoofy

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    This is from cityID support (cequint.com).
    If you are still getting the reminders I would suggest contacting them directly to get it resolved.
     
  17. zenman

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    Sorry, I hate to say it: FAIL.
     
  18. bjanow

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    Reminders? I have 15 days left on a 15 day trial after 10 days? Hello, anyone home?
     
  19. dibs ODDJOB

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    Ya, I have about 20 apps or icons that I would LOVE to hide from the master app list. It just clutters it too much. I wish you could at least hide them like I could on my Storm
     
  20. SystemsLock

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    I wasn't aware they went away after the 15 days. Still, the app is irremovable, even with the trial completed. It's really a matter of principle.

    I don't suppose they have a support number I could call to complain?
     
  21. emmalina

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  22. Plumrt

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    If you think aloud amd don't stop to consider. A more reflective attidude please. I don't like the facts, but I love the phone soooooooo much more than this minor inconvenience.
    Like I said before, root will come - just take it easy.
     
  23. mahsan88

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    Download Astro.
    Search city.
    After it is found select it and it will give you the option to uninstall. Try it let me know if it works.
     
  24. Crashumbc

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    it doesn't... this has been covered in MANY other threads about this app...

    the ONLY way to remove this app is to have ROOT
     
  25. wonderbread

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    ditto, in fact the other thread has a much better title of http://androidforums.com/htc-incredible/69542-city-id.html instead of the ambiguous dookie that is this thread's title. Like, what's too good to be true? The phone is in fact real, so "it" must not be the phone. You must mean some ideal of yours that phones never have crap pre-installed? Is that the "it" that is too good to be true? FML
     

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