By Joe Levi | September 21, 2011 6:23 PM
We all know that carriers may block certain apps from being available for download through the Android Market, and do so for a variety of reasons. But what if you downloaded and installed an app before it was on the “not approved list”, and it later got an update. Would you be able to get the update, or would it be blocked?
If what we think is happening is actually the case, the answer isn’t good.
People who downloaded and installed EasyTeather on their Verizon Android-powered phones in the past aren’t able to get a recent update to the app. In this case we’re fairly certain it’s an attempt to prevent unauthorized tethering, but the precedent has been set.
In this scenario you have a few options.
1) Turn on “Airplane mode” then download the update over Wi-Fi.
2) Download and install the update via another method (if your smartphone allows side-loading and if the app developer has an alternate distribution method set up).
If you can’t get the update, that raises an interesting question:
Should carriers who block updates be responsible for refunding the price of purchased apps if they were blocked after the original purchase? If not, why not?
Source: Droid Matters