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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by vincentp, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert
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    Verizon snuffs Google for Microsoft search ? The Register

    If anybody has seen this, it seems that Verizon (non-Android) customers using smartphones (Blackberries seem to be affected) are now being forced to search via Bing.com in their browsers "go" bar. This wouldn't be so bad if it was Bing over Google, but it seems like they have also removed the ability to search non-search engine websites such as Wikipedia. Ya, I know they can still do it from the browser, but it's a pretty crappy thing to force on people without their knowledge or consent. I know our search is basically all Google, but that's what you expect from a Google phone.

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  2. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

    That sounds like the verizon I know....
  3. Silverwing

    Silverwing Member

    Not true, you can change it in settings - that is just the default (on blackberries at least).
  4. TXLady

    TXLady Member

    Wow. Tell that my work Tour, my Mom's Tour, and my brother's Storm 2. Although the Bing icon was pushed, Google is still available and set as our defaults.
  5. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Bing blows! :D
  6. KZIWarrior

    KZIWarrior Lurker

    Not that I'm particularly fond of M$ but, on smartphones (and iPhones) Bing is by far one of the best utilities to have on the phone. It's integrated searching (i.e. movies, gas prices ect) and maps (GPS capable) is well ahead of Google.

    Now on the Droid I don't miss Bing to much, but the Droid (with all the integration) is light-years ahead of what's available on WM or other OS. But I do hate having to use 4 different apps to do what Bing can do in one (i.e. find a theater, get showtimes, get tickets, get traffic info, find a restaurant... a typical Sat for me) takes at least 4 different apps (but I'm new to the Droid so maybe I just don't have "THE" program yet).
  7. sensesfail99

    sensesfail99 Android Enthusiast

    Just because the bing icon is pushed to you, doesnt mean you have to use it. I just switched over from the BB storm and things like this happened all the time. Verizon pushes these things over via your service books I believe. If you dont like them, dont download them and click hide on them. Out of sight, out of mind.
  8. splenditello

    splenditello Newbie

    i don't think its wise for companies to try and do this..i'm sure they get a lot of money initially by limiting their users to whatever SE they have a deal with. but eventually, people will leave. its the time of the free market fools!
  9. bottlecap

    bottlecap Well-Known Member

    I refuse to just say "THIS" but this is pretty much the nail on the head. I've always looked at their support when it comes to buying airplane tickets.

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