Verizon Wireless has taken to Twitter to defend their position that they don’t use CarrierIQ. In the official Verizon Wireless Twitter account managed by Verizon’s Jeffrey Nelson, the company has said that they don’t have CarrierIQ on their phones and then reiterated the same message tweeting to Theverge.com’s Editor In Chief, Joshua Topolsky the message below:
More (an important more) after the break
We’ve checked the HTC Rhyme, HTC Rezound, Samsung Illusion, Samsung Stratosphere, Droid X, Droid X2 and several other Verizon Wireless phones and have not found the all too familiar CarrierIQ apps on any of those devices. Our good friend Russell Holly posed this question to Verizon Wireless on his Google+ page though:
Perhaps Russell’s question speaks to the wording of Nelson’s tweet in that they don’t have CarrierIQ on their phones. It does raise another question though, if they aren’t using CarrierIQ what are they using in it’s place.
Although Holly is asking questions, and was the one to break the original story, the research efforts of Trevor Eckhart now have Senator Al Franken and the United States Senate asking questions of CarrierIQ, specifically how much information they are taking from consumers without their knowledge and what they are doing with it. The Senate committee chaired by Franken has given CarrierIQ until December 14th to respond.
When the CarrierIQ story first began Apple fans everywhere were screaming that it was an Android only problem although it has now been revealed that it is in fact found on iPhones. Apple responded publicly today announcing that they would no longer be using CarrierIQ and would remove it in a forthcoming iOS update.