Verizon Tries To Reinvent WiFi Toggle As An Ongoing Notification?

Well, this is odd: users of new Verizon Androids like the Galaxy S III and the Droid Incredible 4G LTE are reporting that the carrier has configured the phones to place WiFi control in a ongoing notification item, with no apparent way to remove it. What’s Verizon up to?

According to reports, there’s no buried setting to make the phones stop presenting WiFi control in this manner, leaving those running stock ROMs stuck with this ever-present notification. If you’re the type of user who enjoys seeing a full-cleared notification list after catching-up with everything you need to, this decision is bound to irk you.

With no official word from Verizon, there’s plenty of speculation going around suggesting why the carrier might take such a non-standard approach to WiFi. A lot of that’s been focused on Verizon wanting users to enable WiFi as much as humanly possible, in order to reduce the load on its own network; keeping the WiFi toggle really visible like this certainly would go a long way towards that end.

What do you think? Is this Verizon over-reaching? Are we just reading too much into an otherwise innocent decision? Should we even care?

Source: Droid-life

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