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  1. flarn2006

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    I noticed the City ID app on my Thunderbolt, and opened it to see what it was. Turns out that's what was causing the city to appear on the screen when I got a call, and that it was only a free trial. However, when I typed a phone number into the app, the city appeared instantly, which would suggest the number-to-city lookup is being done on the device, rather than in the cloud. If this is in fact the case, what exactly is the monthly fee for? I could understand it being a trial app that you need to pay once for, just like any 30 day trial program, but a monthly fee only makes sense if there's a service you need to keep paying for.
    I selected to stop the trial and remove the app, because I didn't need it and it was just taking up space, but would there be any way to hack the app to get it for free?
     

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    Incoming calls should no longer be identified by the city once the trial is up. If I remember that correctly. That app was the first to go once I rooted my DX.
     
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    Never heard of this. Is this a Verizon app?
     
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    Yes. It's VZW bloatware.
     
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    I know what it is; what I'm asking is how does it work? If the lookup is done on the device without involving the internet or cellular network, it doesn't make sense to have a monthly fee.
     
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    The lookup must be done locally (at least on CDMA devices) because once the phone is ringing, your data connection is no longer available. While I don't have or use the app, the monthly fee is probably for updates to the database that's stored locally.
     
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    But what if you're in the middle of an online game when a telemarketer calls you? Also, what if I just want to use the built-in database as it is?
     
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    Moved to applications forum :)
     
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    A. Your game will be interrupted
    B. I guess they don't offer it that way
     
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    I'm still not sure what use the app is. Is it really useful to know what city someone is calling from? Can't you just look at the area code?
     

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