Phil Schiller: No Side-Loading of Verizon Apps on iPhone

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Verizon will not be engaging in its usual practice of side-loading apps onto iPhones, according to Apple Vice President Phil Schiller. Mr. Schiller told Ars Technica that Apple intends for the iPhone experience to be consistent whichever carrier they might be using.

“We want the experience to be the same for every iPhone user. So there are no special Verizon Apps preinstalled,” Mr. Schiller said. “AT&T offers customers some apps via the App Store. I’ll let Verizon comment if they are working on anything for that.”

Verizon's iPhone won't look like this

Verizon’s iPhone won’t look like this

Verizon is all but notorious for installing its own apps onto devices, and in some cases the company has made it all but impossible for users to uninstall these apps. For instance, one Android device has Bing and other Microsoft services replacing Google’s search engine and related apps. To remove these side-loaded apps, users would have to jailbreak their phones.

Whether or not Verizon would do the same with an iPhone was the subject of debate amongst Apple pundits and other observers, with anyone unfamiliar with Apple CEO Steve Jobs arguing that Verizon wouldn’t give in on this issue. Side-loaded apps are a solid revenue stream for carriers, just as they are for PC makers - Apple doesn’t put side-loaded apps on its Macs, either.

Ars Technica also noted that Verizon’s iPhone FAQ said that its iPhones would come pre-loaded with a hotspot app, but that this is really a system setting and not an app at all.

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Comments

PorthosJon

Well one of the Verizon apps is their own appstore.  Unless Apple has given them the keys (so to speak) Verizon will have to submit its apps to the app store just like AT&T does.  No way for their own apps to install into iOS without iTunes and the App Store.  Plus VZNavigator would have to compete with all the other available navigator software, and can’t be an exclusive option like it is on other Verizon Phones.  Maybe this will mean the end of Crapware.

Bryan Chaffin

Aye, Porthos, Mr. Schiller’s comments are to the effect that Verizon will have to go through Apple’s App Store.

hughster

Interesting… Softbank loaded a couple of things onto the iPhone 3G when they sold it here in Japan (maybe 3GS and 4, but I don’t know about that).

aardman

Goes to show, for all its bluster Verizon doesn’t have that much bargaining power against Apple.  Wonder what their internal tracking numbers on Android sales are indicating.

I think they’re also quite desperate to join iPhone nation before AT&T makes real headway on their network reliability and capacity problems.  They know that AT&T’s working overtime on it and once that problem is solved then anti-AT&T iPhone holdouts will finally bite the bullet.

daemon

Bryan, Android handsets don’t need to be “jailbroken” cause they aren’t in jail (side loading apps, changing launchers, using full songs as ring tones). What you’re describing, removing of software that requires special privlidges is called rooting. And unlike Apple, Google encourages owners to root their phones.

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