However, you should care about what I do want. You should care VERY VERY VERY much about what I do want because what I actually want seems to need, an almost, nightly amount of updating.
Let's look at the iPhone 5 List...
* TradeMe app - lost count of the updates on that little pup in the last month and so far I haven't even used it.
* Westpac bank app
* ASB bank app
* ANZ bank app
* Kiwibank app... (yes I have a few banks these days, but all for different reasons and more people I talk to are the same).
* AnyDo - neighbour recommended that one, it's done a few updates... (opps that's on the S4, but you get the idea!)
The list goes on with a few more, all of which have been getting a good suck of the sav.
In the mean time I've been deleting applications.
Deletion is a very negative thing to be doing. It's basically me saying "FFS, I didn't ask the dealer to put all this ad crap in the boot, back seat, front seat, on the windows, etc, of my new car!"
Can you imagine my reaction if I purchased a new car and then had to spend hours over the next week just removing the 'sales decals' off all the windows, mirrors, etc just so I could use the car?
Nik, As a provider you're going to sell me lots of data just doing updates. So the more things you put on my phone that I actually want the better it is for YOU.
The more time I have to spend removing stuff I didn't ask for, the less time I'm spending putting anything on it that I actually want.
Given that Apple heavily restrict what is and isn't included in the device, much of this should be directed at Apple in this instance.
As to updates, can't you just enable auto update over wifi and it ceases to be a problem? Surely iOS gives this option.
I agree it would be nice to get a 'cleaner' initial experience, but this sort of thing is typically not the carriers choice, but the handset manufacturers.
It would be great if all these components of the experience - the third-party retail vendor, the handset provider, and the carrier, - could all work together in a more integrated way to provide a more satisfying customer experience, but I fear that's a way off, at least for little old NZ.