If you recall, it was announced a while back that Sprint would be the exclusive carrier of the newly introduced BlackBerry KeyOne, a smartphone praised for its clean build of Android, battery life, and QWERTY keyboard. However, as more and more consumers are purchasing the device from the carrier, it’s becoming common that a pretty stupid issue is popping up for no good reason.
This issue involves the bloatware situation on the device. For KeyOne users, buying your phone from Sprint means you’re getting a ton of extra apps you’ll never use like Lookout, Sprint’s multiple radio apps, and even AAA. As soon as most get handsets in this state, they spend a good ten minutes disabling the software through Settings. However, doing so on the Sprint KeyOne will only result in the apps popping back up as the SprintID app is always scanning to make sure you have the software on board. If you decided to disable or uninstall anything that came pre-installed from Sprint, the carrier will either re-enable or re-install it for you without giving you an option to stop it. That, my friends, is what happens when your carrier is a blatant jerk.
We tried contacting Sprint about this stupid issue, and the representative we spoke to wasn’t even aware of it. This just goes to show you how off-the-wall something like this really is. Usually, the case with carriers and their bloatware is it’s either easily removable or easily uninstallable. But for a strange reason, this doesn’t mean it’s the same with Sprint.
Honestly, I really don’t know why Sprint, of all carriers, has to be the one to make permanent bloatware on such a popular device. They might as well have done so on the HTC U11, too. Of course, if we hear anything more regarding this issue or if we hear of a fix, we’ll let you know. For now, you probably shouldn’t buy your new BlackBerry from Sprint.