Through poor network management and the desire to peek in on your communications, the carriers are killing your battery life and your freedom to connect (via DSLReports)
According to a recent study (pdf) by researchers from the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research (via Technology Review), wireless network management can result in slower phone performance, weaker battery life and even increased security issues for consumers. The study creators released a smartphone app called NetPiculet to the Android Market, which allowed them to study how 400 consumers using 107 global networks were impacted by network management. The data found that network management at many carriers not only degraded application performance and battery life, but left consumers vulnerable to IP spoofing. 

The carriers are dumbing down your smartphone


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