Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

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Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

So I was browsing through the Google Play store, and I looked at the Fido apps (Fido Navigator, Fido App Zone, Fido My Account). I have no desire to install any of those applications, but I was curious as to what the reviewers said (which did confirm that I don't want those applications).

I was surprised to read reviews like: "Should NOT come installed on the phone" and "you can't uninstall it from the phone". That last one is from 3 days ago. I have 2 phones purchased through Fido (Nexus 4, Nexus 5) and none of them has carrier-installed apps.


Does Fido pre-installs apps on the phones it sells? Is the Nexus line immune to this pre-install?

 

 

 

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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

Hi Everyone, 

 

Sorry for the late response on this, we wanted to receive confirmation. All new Android devices except Nexus phones should now come preloaded with the apps and it should not be possible to remove them. 

 

 

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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

Hi there,

 

I know that the LG G3 comes preloaded with the apps but I am not sure for the other phones, I will find the information and come back with the answer. 

 

- Mathieu



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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

So:

 

Nexus 4 & 5: no

LG G3: yes

 

Anyone else with another phone care to let us know if his/her phone came with pre-installed apps?

 

Thanks!

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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

the Samsung Galaxy S4 I just got from Fido has the Rogers apps preinstalled

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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

I got the G3 from Fido, and it comes preloaded with 4-5 Fido apps. However, they are all erasable. I only kept the myaccount Fido app to view usage and pay my bill.
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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

My S5 has the Fido apps installed. nd no i cannot uninstal them.  I got my phone a few months ago.

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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

Hi Everyone, 

 

Sorry for the late response on this, we wanted to receive confirmation. All new Android devices except Nexus phones should now come preloaded with the apps and it should not be possible to remove them. 

 

 



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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

Thanks everyone!

 

Looks like one more reason (for me) to stick with Nexus devices! Smiley

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Re: Does Fido pre-installs apps on the Android phones it sells?

Nexus is "pure Google" and not subject to bloatware from any ISP. They also come unlocked to any carrier. These two features make the Nexus phones very attractive. You can root your Android device if you really want to uninstall the Fido added bloatware OR if that is technically not feasible you can force stop the app then hide it. It's not the same as uninstalling it but these are rather tiny apps to begin with.

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I know that this is a couple of years down the road but how is possible that I bought an unlocked phone, I had it ready for just inserting the fido SIM card. When I did it automatically RESET the phone, deleted everything I already installed and restarted with the FIDO My Account and an Amazon App that I DIDN'T AUTHORIZED to install on my phone. 

 

I don't even think this could even be legal at all. 

 

 

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