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These Are the Phones We're Pretty Sure Don't Have Carrier IQ (Updated)

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Turns out a lot more phones that we originally thought are infected with Carrier IQ, the nothing-you-can-do-about-it rootkit that has all the tinfoil hat people crowing. But not all! Here's a list of the phones that have had hard denials from their manufacturer or carrier or have been found to be clean.


Denials and Hardish Proof

  • All Verizon phones
  • All Nokia handsets
  • All Windows Phones
  • All US Cellular Phones
  • All Vodafone Phones
  • All O2 Phones
  • Google Nexus phones (Google Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus)
  • Original Xoom

Negative test results

We added the test results category because while it's good information to have, a false negative is a little more likely in that instance. Also remember: Everything here refers specifically to Carrier IQ—not other methods of performing the same type of tracking. We will let you know if (when) more information surfaces about any other kits out there. The XDA forums seem pretty confident in the Nexus line and Verizon, as far as Carrier IQ specifically goes, and we'll let you know if anything changes or develops.


In addition to the denials and results, RIM and T-Mobile have made pass-the-buck statements about how they never asked for Carrier IQ, and if it happens to be on their phones, it's totally not their fault. It might be your fault, actually, according to RIM.

We'll be adding to and updating this list as more reports, denials, or discoveries come in. You can check if your (Android) phone is carrying Carrier IQ with a tool from Trevor Eckhart, who originally uncovered the rootkit. If you find anything contradicting the above list, or any other information regarding Carrier IQ, please get in touch with us. [Nokia, Chpwn, Verge, Verizon Wireless, Trevor Eckhart, mocoNews, US Cellular]