Android Controlled, iOS Switched Off – By Text Message! Can’t Happen On A BlackBerry

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What with the lack of updates and the Stagefright bug, where they can be sent a simple text message and someone can take over their phones without their knowledge, some Androidians are thinking of upping and leaving the platform.

But where will they go?

Will they join a platform renowned for privacy and security?

Will their non-Android friends exort them to come BackToBlack?

Well, maybe they will but…

They’ll go Apple of course!


Here’s just one example of a few I’ve seen recently.

Yes, as Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai explains at Motherboard, he’s used to hearing the same disparaging comments we’ve all heard when taking out our phones from the iGnorant and unwashed:

Last week, I was hanging out with some hackers and security experts at a conference in Brooklyn when I took out my Sony phone. “Oh! The journalist uses Android. That’s secure!” said one guy next to me, in a highly sarcastic tone.

Now, I don’t know about you, but at this point I think the tone might give the iPhonian ‘expert’ away… anyway, Lorenzo goes on to encapsulate all that we have been saying about Android for some time now. He’s always been a fan. He loved being ‘contrarian’ (by that he means not an iPhonian), but the OS is old, dated, the updates are a joke and, despite the fact that he’s known for ages that the security was laughable THIS has pushed him over the edge.

To, as he says, the ‘dark side’

To Apple.

Why? Well, he says that, unlike Android Apple are able to patch their OS asap as they have control over the hardware. That the patch for Stagefright has already been sent out (but not applied) and he is right.

Well, about the Android part anyway.

Because, as WE all know, Apple are told about vulnerabilities all the time and they do virtually nothing about them. Indeed Brad recently found, to everyone’s surprise, that iOS has the LARGEST amount of security vulnerabilities on the market by a country mile.

But, if we leave that to one side, if Lorenzo wants to send me his phone number (I’d get it anyway through Whatsapp without his knowledge if I used it, obviously) after he goes iPhonian I’ll merrily send him a text which will switch his phone off. Even pop it in a loop so he can’t get it back on, if he fancies.

Because, of course, Apple haven’t fixed that one, either.

No, my Androidian friends, don’t be fooled. There was a reason you rejected the shiny devil in the first place. That’s not where you should be looking.

You want something that works.

Something that won’t be controlled or shut down by something as simple as a text message.

You want a BlackBerry.

And anything else is selling yourself short.


Bigglybobblyboo is a legend almost nowhere at all. He is a founder member of UTB and spends his spare time taking out his anger at the world with a fishfork and a spatula. He is also a Cribbage Master, having won 1 fight online as the other guy refused to turn up out of fear for his life.

  • veeru789

    They never learn *facepalm*

  • Robert

    Bwahahahaha I forgot all about the text bug. Thanks for reminding me. Be right back…ave to send an SMS real quick. locco_smiley_8

  • Anthony

    What is that text bug. Does someone have the actual characters that will fry an iPhone. I need it in my Blackberrian bag of tricks locco_smiley_39

    Will we see a BB10 app in BlackBerry World or Betazone which could launch a Stagefright bug.

    • Blackjack

      What’s it worth to you? :)

      • Anthony

        99 cents :)

  • Rog518za

    SMH, that’s all I can say

  • nnik

    I think it would be cool to post an iPhone crash bounty! Anyone have a lot of money?