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Sure we have Blocked certain handsets that have caused high I levels on our network / Cells, If you want to get into the nitty gritty of things bring it on!
Any links to articles? And are we talking brands that the Cellcos sell in there shops or brands parallel imported/knock offs? As I could see the no brand knockoffs not having the quality and testing but then you won't be testing their updates anyway. I just don't see Samsung, Google, Moto, Sharp, LG. Apple, Nokia, HTC, ZTE, Sony, Huawei, etc releasing a phone or update that makes a mess of things as it is brand damaging.
Maybe an idea would be to sit down with Geekzone or ComputerWorld NZ and do a series of articles on the actual testing done, a demo of a broken update showing the consequences to cell sites, infrastructure and other mobiles/users. And the time frames that you work to; do you only start after Google/ODM release the update or do you start working during alphas and betas? Do you push your test cases upstream and sample network kit so that more of your testing can be done upstream and earlier? What testing do you do on the Android version in general Vs the specific phone? A piece on why Android updates need testing yet Apple updates don't need testing? And how you weight up the risks of an update e.g. this USSD one on Samsung with the users security versus the greater network? With that maybe the user base can understand it better than "we need to test stuff to ensure it doesn't break" and that is why you aren't getting the update yet other have. What is different about your network that needs testing as X update is working fine in Y country so why isn't it here? If it was going to break things wouldn't Y country be suffering it? And a look to the future what plans do you have in place to try and speed this up in the future to get updates out faster to more phones? 2011 was the year of Adobe security issues, 2012 is the year of Java security issues, when will Android have its big security year? 2013 maybe do you have plans for that?