A strange application appeared in the Google Play store, the application from Google, called “device lock controller”. The application was quietly released in June, and as of the publication of this report, the application has been downloaded about 10 times.
Basically, the app is designed to allow creditors, banks, carriers (no matter what money you owe) to restrict features on the device (if you default on payment).
Device Lock Controller enables device management for credit providers. Your provider can remotely restrict access to your device if you do not many payments. If your device is restricted, basic functionality, such as emergency calling and access to settings, will still be available.
According to a report by XDA-Developers who initially noticed the application, wrote that the Device Admin Service API is being used in the application to remotely control the device’s function. “This is an API that companies use to control what employees can do with their work phones.” If you default on payment, your credit line may prevent you from using your phone.
Such applications have moral dilemmas. Although lenders and providers want to ensure that payments will be made on financing equipment, this is a problem for people who use smartphones as their primary equipment.
Staying connected is crucial, especially in 2020, so I will bring them the benefits of doubt and suggest that one of the reasons for using such apps may be to prevent people from deceiving buyers in private sales of undisclosed mobile phones. . The payment is paid off, which will cause unsuspecting buyers to find out when it is too late.
We have always heard that the mobile phone service is cut off in the absence of payment, but this practice has never been associated with the device being paid, at least not from the phone side.
Sometimes, a device with a poor carrier’s balance may be blacklisted on the network until the phone’s balance is paid off – the same thing may happen when a customer decides to leave the carrier. This is happening from the back end. However, if you manage to export the phone, it can still be used on other networks.