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  1. JRSCCivic98's Avatar
    OK, not reading through 25 pages to find if someone posted this, but this is from the story that dslreports is running.

    Update: We got a hold of Verizon representative Debra Lewis. "We're a proud supporter of Microsoft's Bing search engine," says Lewis. "On a couple of select smartphones (Storm 2 the most prominent), we've changed the Verizon Wireless-supplied web menu to make Bing the default search engine," she says. "If you prefer another search engine, it's still your choice: simply type in the URL of the search engine you prefer, mark it as a "favorite" and *SNAP* you're done." Snap, indeed.

    Seems like a big fug you from Verizon and RIM. That's right, I say RIM because they provide the interface/tools for the carriers to push content to the phones.
    12-17-09 05:50 PM
  2. Cyrilmak's Avatar
    the bing got installed on my phone automatically. but it is just an extra app. my Google search is still there so are other search capabilities.
    It did not get installed automatically. You got sent a shortcut to download bing.
    12-17-09 05:51 PM
  3. puffnstuff's Avatar
    I know not to believe what CS says, but some liaison called me back today and said it was indeed Verizon's doing, and that it will be that way on all devices receiving 5.0 from here out, If that's true I'm pretty ticked off, LEAVE MY PHONE ALONE!
    Edit: Just read Civic's post. Wow, what's next?
    osted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    Last edited by puffnstuff; 12-17-09 at 06:04 PM.
    12-17-09 05:55 PM
  4. paulmike3's Avatar
    Everyone -- let's Digg this story to the front page and get some national attention (and hopefully media) on it!!

    Verizon Foists 'Bing Only' Search On BlackBerry Users
    12-17-09 06:12 PM
  5. SaMaster14's Avatar
    OK, not reading through 25 pages to find if someone posted this, but this is from the story that dslreports is running.

    Update: We got a hold of Verizon representative Debra Lewis. "We're a proud supporter of Microsoft's Bing search engine," says Lewis. "On a couple of select smartphones (Storm 2 the most prominent), we've changed the Verizon Wireless-supplied web menu to make Bing the default search engine," she says. "If you prefer another search engine, it's still your choice: simply type in the URL of the search engine you prefer, mark it as a "favorite" and *SNAP* you're done." Snap, indeed.

    Seems like a big fug you from Verizon and RIM. That's right, I say RIM because they provide the interface/tools for the carriers to push content to the phones.
    Wow... what a je*k... and to have the nerve to say put it as a bookmark...

    Bing is horrible btw... I searched something and got random sh*t... used google, and it took my right to what I was looking for...
    12-17-09 06:33 PM
  6. Harlemknight's Avatar
    F Bing, I still won't use it.
    12-17-09 06:40 PM
  7. shamrock61's Avatar
    Go read the posts and you'll see why I said what I did. They were not saying that they wanted their choices back, it was a spout off that Google is so wonderful and Bing is so bad (completely untrue). Typical ABM crapola. If you want to say VZW should not have removed the other providers, that is cool - I am with you on that.

    And the leftist tripe remark has to do with Google's EXTREMELY cozy relationships with far left radicals and with totalitarian regimes. I probably should not have said it, but this sunny picture of Google is flatly false.
    The funny thing about your position is that you talk about "leftist tripe" as if removing choices is a conservative position. I happen to like Google as a search engine, and while I may whole HEARTEDLY disagree with their political leanings, I don't think it is for the good of ANYone that google is removed - along with yahoo, and others - so that what you must view as a "conservatively" controlled company search engine (Um, isn't Gates a pocket for the leftist agenda?) can rule the BB smartphones. Come on, this is about choices that were removed so that a company like Verizon can be paid by a company like MS to push content that people were not using without the push...sounds Socialist practice to me at the very least.

    Instead of bringing the silly "leftist" spin to this so that you can shoot down the complaints as off the reservation and loony, how about forgetting WHO is involved and looking at this as what it is...being told what search engine you can access from a menu bar on the browser...not even close to life and death, but still, wrong in my view. (And yes, I know how to bookmark, and HAVE bookmarked Google in the BB browser, but use Opera most of the time, and so circumvent the problem all together...
    12-17-09 06:49 PM
  8. kermalou's Avatar
    how much of a difference will it make, not much since a. quicklaunch is fantastic with their google search b. i am leaning towards opera a lot more since it actually saves my passwords
    12-17-09 06:55 PM
  9. mimsiesboy's Avatar
    We all pay for service on one carrier or another and for them to try and manipulate the way we go about using the service we all pay for is crap! wtf ! My browser is bing only now after the latest leaked update .428 love most of it . bing sucks or the lack of choice there of. can no longer save pix out of mms. battery life improve.
    12-17-09 07:06 PM
  10. Cyrilmak's Avatar
    If you read the thread it is only affecting the 9550 at this time but will eventually be rolled out to the rest of the smartphones.
    Correction. If you would have read the thread you would see this effects all BlackBerry's on Verizon.
    12-17-09 07:07 PM
  11. bamaberry1917's Avatar
    I was told when I called that someone would get back to me from the escalations dept. When they called me back the guy left a voicemail saying that RIM had some exclusive relationship with Bing and as such that would be my only option until they changed it. I wish I'd answered the phone so I could have asked him why it's only on VZW BlackBerrys
    12-17-09 07:09 PM
  12. BB_SHAWN's Avatar
    Can we update the first post:

    It is confirmed. I just spent 20 minutes on the phone with executive relations and a technician from a higher level. He spent some time researching the problem before he called me. Verizon has an exclusive deal with Microsoft to make Bing the only search on BlackBerrys. Bing will be pushed to all Blackberry devices starting with the Curve2 and Storm2 phones. All other searches will be stripped. Some Storm1's and other phones have received the update but the push now is on the new phones. His workaround was to set google as a home page and/or download the google app. I voiced my fustrations with him about Verizon controlling my phone and pushing content I don't want. I can tell he agreed with me but couldn't say so. Hopefully we can obtain enough people to make enough noise and get the people who we need to listen, listen.

    Please send emails to 'HQExec.Relations@VerizonWireless.com' and voice your fustration. It seems to not be falling on def ears.
    12-17-09 07:18 PM
  13. Cyrilmak's Avatar
    Could really care less. I will never use Google. Google's CEO and Obama are **** buddies and that's all I need to know not to use them.

    Besides if it's such a problem just bookmark google's website...
    You sir are missing the point. Who cares if Obama or Googles CEO are "buddies". The point is Verizon IS TAKING AWAY OUR CHOICE ON OUR HARDWARE THAT WE BOUGHT WITH NO NOTICE AND NO WAY TO CHANGE AND MAKE OUR OWN CHOICE OF WHICH SEARCH ENGINE TO USE!

    Can it get any simpler to comprehend? And this goes to not just you, but all the other people that say "no big deal". You bet your *** it's a big deal. It's call socialism at it's finest.
    12-17-09 07:22 PM
  14. BB_SHAWN's Avatar
    You sir are missing the point. Who cares if Obama or Googles CEO are "buddies". The point is Verizon IS TAKING AWAY OUR CHOICE ON OUR HARDWARE THAT WE BOUGHT WITH NO NOTICE AND NO WAY TO CHANGE AND MAKE OUR OWN CHOICE OF WHICH SEARCH ENGINE TO USE!

    Can it get any simpler to comprehend? And this goes to not just you, but all the other people that say "no big deal". You bet your *** it's a big deal. It's call socialism at it's finest.
    +1

    10 char
    12-17-09 07:24 PM
  15. triton54's Avatar
    i downloaded the google search app...works fine!!
    12-17-09 07:24 PM
  16. SevereDeceit's Avatar
    Seems like a big fug you from Verizon and RIM. That's right, I say RIM because they provide the interface/tools for the carriers to push content to the phones.
    Word

    10char
    12-17-09 07:27 PM
  17. tech_head's Avatar
    Hi,

    I got the same Verizon - fug you email also. Telling me to adda book mark.
    I have a better solution.
    Like the previous poster said. "Go to Blackberry App World and download the Google Search Application."

    I use that as my default when I want to search.
    I only see Google. Take that Verizon!
    12-17-09 07:48 PM
  18. BB_SHAWN's Avatar
    12-17-09 07:48 PM
  19. cjcarbone's Avatar
    Here's a new twist......

    I can't even set google as my homepage, when I do I get a protocol error try a different URL I can go to google and use it but when its set as my homepage, no good. Weird.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    12-17-09 07:49 PM
  20. BB_SHAWN's Avatar
    Is there a way to take service books from another carrier and import it to the storm2 and get around it?
    12-17-09 07:51 PM
  21. jpattersonlee's Avatar
    Dude seriously. Get perspective your self. It starts out SMALL like this! Then it only gets BIGGER over time. You let something small like this slide, and pretty soon you'll have a BlackBerry as locked up as Verizons BREW dumbphones.

    Think about that before you reply.
    I don't think you understood what I was saying. I was saying the same thing as you in response to someone who was saying we need to get perspective. Think about who you're replying to before you reply.
    12-17-09 08:21 PM
  22. Cyrilmak's Avatar
    I don't think you understood what I was saying. I was saying the same thing as you in response to someone who was saying we need to get perspective. Think about who you're replying to before you reply.
    LOL! I so missed that! I'm off my game today, slept most of it since I'm sick lol.
    12-17-09 08:22 PM
  23. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    Verizon likes money.
    Microsoft offered a lot of money.
    Now they get Microsoft's money, and your money.
    What you (the customer) wants is not, and never will be, part of the equation.

    Now be quiet and go back to looking at the map like you have been told to do.
    12-17-09 08:24 PM
  24. jpattersonlee's Avatar
    LOL! I so missed that! I'm off my game today, slept most of it since I'm sick lol.
    No worries. Just don't make a habit out of it! Haha...
    12-17-09 08:25 PM
  25. grayzweb's Avatar
    I have lost my choices also and I'm not happy about it!

    I noticed that the google search from QuickLaunch still works, even without downloading the google app from app world.

    I just want choices, not forced to use bing - Which I have tried and do not like how search results are displayed, so much for searching from within the browser for me.

    Take a miediocre browser and cripple it even more.....

    Nice job RIM/ Verizon
    12-17-09 08:59 PM
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