If you're a Verizon Wireless customer and concerned about Carrier IQ, it looks like you can leave your worry at the door. Verizon's Jeffery Nelson confirmed via Twitter to The Verge's Joshua Topolsky that Verizon phone are free of CIQ, and that this "was made clear two weeks ago."

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So, if you're on Big Red and have been feeling panic-ey thinking about CIQ or digging through your running processes looking for IQRD, you can rest your weary mind - Papa VZW has your back. The only thing that could make me happier now is an official Galaxy Nexus release date.

[Via The Verge]

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  • edaddy

    Wow. Now if you could just get a release date out of him as fast as they denied these claims, we might have something.

  • Raj

    Just because they don't call it "Carrier IQ" doesn't mean they don't have something similar.

    • jonathan3579

      Very true. I've considered this as well.

    • p51d007

      EXACTLY! We don't have carrier IQ...
      Umm do you have another program running?

      No comment

      • Newman

        See if you have QXDm2SD.apx....

    • Jacques

      Exactly. I'm a loyal VZW customer, but I don't trust them in the least.

  • Rick

    Okay, but I rather see proof on ALL the smartphones VZW carries.

  • LizA

    Question if you get a non branded phone would it have "Carrier IQ" ? I got mine right from Samsung

    • Craig Rachel

      It depends. It looks like the international Galaxy S II doesn't have Carrier IQ. Possibly making this all the carriers doing.

  • http://twitter.com/ryocoon KS Whitti

    While I would love to believe them, I'll have to pour through my few devices first. Considering I have a semi-stock SonyEriccsson Xperia Play (CDMA R800x) and a completely stock HTC Thunderbolt (my S.O.'s phone), I can check those out. My OG Droid has long since been rooted and Cyanogen put on it. Otherwise it would be a twitching, smoking heap of metal.
    Still waiting on the Galaxy Nexus.

  • mastermind26

    If this is true, it'll be yet one more reason to leave Sprint and go for big red. :D

    • Freak4Dell

      What's that...reason number 184,299?

  • Mike A

    Why is it in stars is the big question I wanna see the fine print

    • Cameron Summerson

      The asterisks represent emphasis.

  • AppleFUD

    Doesn't the iphone have this on it? At least that's what I read this morning over on osnews. . .
    And doesn't verizon sell the iphone? Though it is disabled by default. . . nonetheless, apple is the one putting it on all iphones, thus it would seem to be on "verizon phones" as well, no?

  • Mo B.

    If you're concerned about ANY logging activity, just use TrevE's logging app, it shows you all (if any) logging activity and other fishy goings-on.

  • http://twitter.com/jstnbsn Justin B

    Russell Holly says Verizon is lying and provides proof: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106631699076927387965/posts/GFDBYFvXbKh

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      Investigative journalism vs. running PR. Amazing!

      You'd think that someone at AP would have a Verizon device and at least spot-check Verizon's claim before running this story without using the standard "allegedly" moniker.

      • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom


        I apologize. It wasn't professional of me to go off like that. Instead, I should have requested that there be some investigative journalism or clarity that Verizon is making the claim, not that the claim is valid.

        I know this is a blog and not a "journalist endeavor", but if you want to claim First Amendment protections, you should hold yourself to a higher standard so that you can be the standard to everyone else.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    What was all that 'opt-out' flak they had a few weeks ago? Just cause it isn't CarrierIQ doesn't mean you don't have some other BS installed. With all the bloatware Verizon puts on, I highly doubt they don't have something by a different name.

  • JeffM

    I'd specifically like to know what keytracer [i.e,. com.android.keytracer] is on Samsung phones that have an eerily similar set of overly broad permissions, which no single app really needs... Seems like it *could* be CIQ ish by a different name.

  • Newman

    I want to know what QXDM2SD.apx is. It runs on my Verizon HTC Incredible 2, eats data, can't be forced to stop, can't be removed.... Smells.....phishy....?

    • Pawnty

      QXDM2SD.apk = Qualcomm assists its customers' development efforts by making available diagnostic software that helps drive the adoption of 3G technologies worldwide. Diagnostic software includes real-time data collection tools for analyzing handset and over-the-air 3G system performance, such as the Qualcomm eXtensible Diagnostic Monitor.

  • Newman

    Gee, so it's a "data collection tool"?

  • Sheltons2004

    Just did an Examination on a Verizion Samsung SPH-M820 Prevail and it does have the Keytracer app on the phone. It has not gone away.