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"3" Locks Down Symbian Smart Phone
Posted: 03-Sep-2003 [Source: Computer Business Review]

[3 attempts to waylay potential hacking of the A920 running the Symbian os V7.0 by allowing users access to only 3-approved applications.]

by Tony Cripps -- "Hutchison 3G UK Holdings Ltd has locked down the new Motorola-built smart phone for its "3" service, seemingly in an effort to stop the device being used for nefarious purposes. However, the plan denies users of the device access to applications written for the similar Symbian-based handset from Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB.

Symbian Ltd confirmed to ComputerWire last week that the A920 featured a "closed" version of its operating system, but 3 has only just confirmed what this means in practice. A spokesperson for the operator told ComputerWire that the device was being treated as a "walled garden" with users only able to install 3-approved applications on the device."


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