Verizon’s Fascinate reaches new crapware lows among smartphones run amok

A “Google phone” hand-cuffed to Microsoft’s Bing search engine sounds like a bad joke. But it’s a real product, one for which Verizon Wireless charges $199.99.This device, Samsung’s Fascinate, is the latest – and the worst – example of an ugly trend among smartphones running Google’s Android operating system.Instead of being content to sell an attractive, open alternative to Apple’ s iPhone, wireless carriers have decided they’d rather treat the screens of Android phones as billboard space to be sold to the highest bidder.To read this report in The Washington Post in full, see:

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