If you’ve been thinking about buying the BlackBerry KEYone in the U.S., you can pick it up unlocked from BlackBerry’s online store. Another option is to buy the carrier-branded variant from Sprint. The latter is the only one of the four major U.S. wireless operators to have a carrier branded model of the KEYone available. The keyboard, which doubles as a trackpad, allows each key to be used twice as a shortcut. Overall, we’d say that the KEYone physical QWERTY tops other outstanding physical keyboards from BlackBerry’s past, including the one on the BlackBerry Bold 9000.
One bad thing about buying the KEYone from Sprint is that you’ll have to put up with the carrier bloatware added to the Android OS by the nation’s fourth largest carrier. Sprint subscribers who have purchased the KEYone have been complaining about a large number of apps being automatically installed on their handset. These apps cannot be removed, nor can they even be permanently disabled.
Every so often, the SprintID system app runs through the bloatware listings on the KEYone. If it detects that certain apps such as Amazon, Audible, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Lookout (to name a few) are missing or disabled, the apps are automatically re-installed or enabled. In other words, even if you remove or disable the bloatware, Sprint makes sure that they return.
To be fair, we should point out that not all Sprint KEYone owners have reported seeing missing bloatware magically return, leaving some hope that SprintID is merely experiencing problems from a bug. Otherwise, we would have to assume that Sprint is being nasty about its bloatware, making sure that these unwanted apps continue to re-install in perpetuity.
Powered by WPeMatico