I don’t know why everybody all of a sudden woke up to Carrier IQ craziness this past week even though it was revealed awhile ago. Still an offhand comment by the researcher who found it on Android devices, Trevor Eckhart, mentioned that it was also on BlackBerrys. I doubted this was true but I could not 100% confirm or deny. Now RIM has done just that by confirming that Carrier IQ is not installed or authorized to be on handsets from RIM. Here is what they told Reuters:
"RIM does not pre-install the Carrier IQ app on BlackBerry smartphones or authorize its carrier partners to install the Carrier IQ app before sales or distribution,"
"RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the Carrier IQ application, and has no involvement in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the app."
On top of that Rogers and Telus in Canada have gone on record saying they also do not have Carrier IQ software installed on their devices including BlackBerrys. Personally I doubt that carriers could find a way to bypass RIM and shoehorn Carrier IQ on their BlackBerrys without RIM knowing and I also doubt that RIM is lying. If you think of it rationally it would not make sense for countries like India to be going crazy trying to get RIM to help them monitor BlackBerry communications if they already had Carrier IQ doing it…