Carrier branding going to far?

Posted Oct 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm in Threads > Opinions

So we all saw how verizon butchered the home button on the galaxy note 2 and was wondering if the carriers are going to far with their branding? They are putting multiple logos on the phones and in the strangest of places( note 2 home button, status bar). How many logos are to many? Honestly if I like the phone I will still get the note 2 it just seems like soon the carriers are going to have huge logos that cover the entire phones. Your thoughts? Would you like if the carrier offered multiple versions of the same phone( 1 with branding and 1 like the international version unbranded if maybe the branded version was a little cheaper?)

  • jamal adam

    Verizon has gone too far with their recent placement of their logo on the home button. I don’t know but it makes the device look ugly and personally, it looses some of it’s appeal. Carriers tend to destroy great phones and this is truly an abomination. I think that having multiple versions of the same phone on carriers is a bad idea because it makes things more confusing for the average customer.

    • zerosix

      It’s like that stickers on a notebook with specs and so on. It sucks.
      But I think, it’s not verizon’s problem. It’s manufacturers’ problem.
      Look at iPhone at att or verizon. No logos except Apple.
      Look at Motorola Atrix at att or RAZR at verizon. Wow, we find a logo at the front of the device.
      It’s looks awful and disgusting. And I can’t explain, why they let carriers do that.

  • Ardrid

    I’ll definitely agree that carrier branding has gone too far. Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 is atrocious. It really has gotten to the point where carriers should either further subsidize their products or pay us for having to promote their advertising. It’s the same thing that aggravates me about buying a car: the dealer feels like he has the right to throw his signage all over your vehicle.

    • redraider133

      I wish along with this there was a way to pay like $5 or something and get the phone without any bloatware. I would gladly pay that price for none of their garbage bloat apps.

      • zerosix

        It’s carriers who should pay $5 for that ugly things.

  • herbivore83

    Along these same lines, updates to the T-Mobile MyAccount bloatware have made it so every new T-Mobile smartphone ships with an ongoing account status notification. Not that it’s hard to disable notifications, but how obnoxious.

    I would never EVER buy a phone with branding in the same vein as the Verizon Note II. That’s maddening.

    • redraider133

      I almost wish you could get unlocked cdma phones. i know it won’t happen because of cdma needing to be authorized but hopefully once the carriers roll out VoLTE this problem will no longer be an issue and be able to get an unlocked phone regardless of carrier.

      • LukeT32

        Agreed…..

      • veracu

        Me too yo.

  • LG Nexus

    Hey is this only a problem in USA? Here in Australia I’ve never seen carrier branding on phones, all phones are 100% equal. Just wondering because i’m about to upgrade and was wondering if I have to find out the carrier brandings. Thanks guys.
    p.s. i’m not talking crap I’m seriously curious. Thanks

  • Dr.Carpy

    I hate carrier branding. I think that if a carrier wants you to advertise their brand they should give you a monthly credit to your account. It’s ridiculous to think that a user should be forced to advertise for free. ATT, wants deface my phone with graffiti, pay me. Verizon wants draw on my home button and add apps I don’t care for/ about, pay me. If one can opt out of junk mail, shouldn’t the same consumer be able to opt out of junk logos and apps?

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    You just described one reason why I buy unlocked phones.

    • redraider133

      I would too, but I am stuck with verizon so that doesn’t really work. But once my contract is up I will see about going prepaid and gsm so I do not have this issue, along with faster updates.

      • herbivore83

        How much time do you have left on your contract? If you do the math it is often more cost-effective to pay the termination fee and jump to prepaid right away.

        • redraider133

          Well I have 4 lines on my account( mine ends in June) but the other 3 do not end until january of next year so it would still be a pretty hefty etf to move all 4 of my lines right now.

          • herbivore83

            Definitely a daunting proposition, and switching to prepaid GSM from CDMA does require a lot of upfront cost. I would guess the long-term math still works in your favor, but I understand buying out the contract and buying new phones all at once would be a ginormous one-time-cost.

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  • redraider133

    I’m not sure I just figured since LTE is a gsm tech that maybe once it is all lte we could get unlocked devices like gsm carriers now can do. I may be completely wrong too lol.