It seems like T-mobile has decided to push out a link to all of their BlackBerry subscribers for their Facebook application. I have already received two emails about it so I thought I would let everybody else in on the details.
RIM and T-mobile have pushed out a link to many T–mobile BlackBerry users that puts a Facebook icon on their homescreen. The link is not the actual application but takes you to a page where you can install the application. What has been peeving many T-mobile users is that you cannot uninstall this homescreen link and you have to just hide it.
There is a way to remove the link by deleting its corresponding service book but it will come back every time you push your service books from the BIS web interface. I know many people who enjoy the Facebook application but pushing a new link without any warning has annoyed many BlackBerry users who have no use for the application.
Personally this practice of pushing out homescreen links (Advertisements in my opinion) has always pissed me off. If you are an AT&T subscriber you will know what I mean. AT&T pushes out no less than 10 of these homescreen icons the first time you power on your device!
I ended up just creating a “junk” folder on my Curve just to hide these annoying homescreen links. I always admired RIM for not putting a bunch of upselling crapware on their devices but this changed my opinion. If the RIM OS is capable of asking you for permission to allow 3rd party applications to access certain features why cant they ask us for permission to install homescreen links.
I am trying to fiddle around with the permissions on my BlackBerry to block these pushed links with no luck so far. Any ideas?
The interesting part about this whole link is that it seems that it was done by RIM and not T-mobile as you can see in the last paragraph of an article on MercuryNews.com.