A strange app has appeared in the Google Play Store, a Google app called “Device Lock Controller”. The app was quietly released in June and has been downloaded about 10 times at the time of this report. Basically, this app is designed to allow creditors, banks, and carriers (borrowers) to limit the functionality of their devices in the event of payment arrears.
The features of the app are described in the Play Store as follows:
The device lock controller allows credit provider device management. If you pay less, your provider can remotely restrict access to your device. Even if your device is restricted, basic features such as emergency calls and access to settings are still available.
According to the report from XDA-DeveloperThe first thing, I noticed about the app is that the DeviceAdminService API is used by the app to remotely control the functionality of the device. “This is the same API that companies use to control what employees can do with their work phones.” Credits can limit mobile phone usage if payments are overdue. ..
Device lock controller app
There is an ethical dilemma for such apps. Lenders and providers want to make sure that payments are made on the loaned device, but this is a problem for people who use smartphones as their primary device. Staying connected is important, especially in 2020. So it gives them the benefit of suspicion and suggests that one of the reasons for such an app could be to prevent people from fooling buyers with personal cell phone sales. Rewarded, unsuspecting buyers will find it when it’s too late.
I’ve always heard about disconnecting mobile service when I miss a payment, but the same practice was never associated with the device on which the payment was made, at least not from the phone side. Carrier devices with unpaid balances may be blacklisted from working on the network until the phone balance is repaid. The same happens if the customer decides to leave the career. This comes from the back end. However, even if you can export the phone, you can use it on other networks.