If you’re joining us from the current now, you’ll know that your recent phone purchase is capable of a lot of stuff. Verizon, under some inquiry by those ever-so-helpful folks in Congress, is putting a warning on all its new phones to inform you that your phone has capabilities and these capabilities will be used.
In short, Congress was concerned about the use of your phone’s GPS for tracking and other nefarious, carrier-based means. Verizon decided on that sticker, other carriers have yet to formulate a response. This was long before the whole iPhone 4 data tracking fiasco, back when people assumed that their GPS data was safe from prying eyes. This seems pretty ridiculous, though. Imagine every cellphone box had a huge red warning that said ‘your phone is capable of purchasing online content, meaning you can buy stuff, so don’t cry to us if you find yourself dumping tons of virtual money on Farmville because you didn’t think the money you used purchasing items on your phone was real.’
The government protecting us a little too much, tucking us into bed a little too tightly? I think so.