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Why Does RIM Not Allow You To Block 3rd Party Icons?

CRAPWAREI have always been annoyed with every new device I get because of a simple reason. When you first register your phone on the network you will get up to 15 different homescreen browser shortcut icons on your homescreen! These range from upselling applications to ringtones to Music ID services. AT&T has almost 15 of these the second you register on the network!

The annoying part is that there is no good way to uninstall them. You can remove their service books but they will return every time you resend your service books. You can alternatively hide each one but why does RIM force us to go through this hassle? Imagine if Microsoft did this?

I did find a RIM knowledgebase article that details how to block these icons if you are on a BES. Pretty cool but I am not sure of the ramifications this would cause for other homescreen icons.

If you are interested you can read the Knowledgebase BES solution below:

BlackBerry device users may see new third-party icons appear on the Home screen when performing the following actions:

  • registering the BlackBerry device with the wireless network
  • switching the SIM card on the BlackBerry device
  • upgrading the software on the BlackBerry device

These icons vary depending on the service provider. The icons are bookmarks that utilize the BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service to provide direct access to web sites on the Internet. Some of these web sites enable you to install third-party software or content, or install push services that cause the icons or URL links to change periodically when the data source changes.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server administrators can block the appearance of these icons by setting theAllowOtherBrowsers IT policy toFalse. This action prevents third-party bookmark icons from being installed on the BlackBerry device.

If you are not using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, you can manually hide any icon on the BlackBerry device by holding theALT key, clicking the icon, and selectingHide Application.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, now that will quit easy to mange the icons on BlackBerry devices. Now i can easily prevents third-party bookmark icons installed in BlackBerry device.

  2. Glad to hear it worked for you!

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